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November 7, 1997

SEATTLE (AP) _ When the Seattle Mariners move into their new outdoor stadium in July 1999, they plan to sell 966 ``personal seat licenses.″ The one-time tab: $12,000 and $25,000 each.

But you can also watch baseball if you don’t have that much money.

On Thursday, the Mariners announced ticket prices for the 1998 season in the Kingdome, and the 1999 season, when the team will start in the Kingdome, then move into its new park after the All-Star game.

It will cost more to watch the Mariners next season. A ticket price increase was expected after Seattle won its second AL West title in three seasons in 1997.

Ticket prices in the Kingdome will range from $25 for a box seat to $6 each for tickets in a section at the 200-level in left field. The Mariners said they would continue their 2-for-1 family nights on selected Mondays and their Sunday 2-for-1 senior days for fans 60 years and over next season.

Last season, the Mariners’ average ticket price of $13.40 ranked seventh among 14 AL teams.

In the new ballpark in the 1999 season, ticket prices will range from $195 in the new Diamond Club section to $7 in left field. There will be 12,156 seats at $13, 8,416 box seats at $28 and 8,175 field boxes at $25.

The Mariners expect their personal seat license concept will work.

``We think it could be one of our most popular seating categories,″ Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said.

He acknowledged it’s not a prevalent seating concept for baseball teams. ``You see it in football teams,″ he said.

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MIAMI (AP) _ Twenty-five years ago, the Miami Dolphins accomplished one of the greatest feats in professional sports.

On Monday, Nov. 17, that team will be honored at Pro Player Stadium during halftime of the Dolphins’ game against the Buffalo Bills.

The 1972 Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII, capping a perfect 17-0 season as the only unbeaten, untied team in NFL history.

During ceremonies, former coach Don Shula (1970-95) will be presented with his Hall of Fame ring. The league’s winningest coach (347) was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last July.

Approximately 53 coaches and players from the 1972 team are expected to be at ``Perfect Season Weekend,″ including Bill Arnsparger, Howard Schnellenberger, Dick Anderson, Nick Buoniconti, Manny Fernandez, Bob Griese, Jim Kiick, Mercury Morris, Paul Warfield and Garo Yepremian.

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Put them in a one-room apartment and they’re the Canadian Odd Couple: one a World Cup champion and Olympic hopeful, the other a convicted felon on the comeback trail.

But put Pierre Lueders and Ken LeBlanc in a bobsled hurtling downhill at more than 62 miles an hour and watch the channel change.

That’s where Canada’s answer to Felix and Oscar will be Friday night when the 1997-98 World Cup bobsledding season gets underway at Canada Olympic Park.

For Lueders, who claimed the two-man World Cup overall title last year, the race marks the beginning of his quest for medal glory in February at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The four-man race is scheduled for Saturday.

For LeBlanc, who has struggled during the last five years to get his life back on track after twice spending time in jail, a victory would be the ultimate finishing flourish to his remarkable comeback.

``Coming here, back to bobsledding, this is where I feel good,″ said LeBlanc, who has served a total of 18 months in jail for two separate incidents involving his younger brother, Bryan.

LeBlanc’s first prison experience came when he was sentenced to six months for assault after an incident outside an Ottawa bar in 1988. Four years later he spent a year in jail on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder after Joseph D’Angelo, a 35-year-old contractor, was shot and killed in October 1991.

``My character is 110 percent, which means I was 110 percent loyal to my friends and my brother,″ he said. ``I was always an aggressive guy.

``My diplomatic skills were very limited. But that was the old me. I’m not like that anymore.″

As a bobsledder, LeBlanc has found a natural outlet for his aggression and his intensity.

``I’m not concerned any more with what people think of me,″ he said. ``I know what I’ve been through.

``I know what I need to do. And this is exactly where I belong, I have no doubt.″

Lueders sounded confident that he’s hooked up with a brakeman who can push the pair through a successful World Cup season and on to a medal at Nagano.

``It took a little while for him to blow the carbon out of his cylinders,″ Lueders said. ``Once that happened, his true athletic ability (came) to the fore.″

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