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November 7, 1994

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Chris Evert says she isn’t nervous about her return to tennis as a broadcaster at the Virginia Slims of Philadelphia.

″Let me put it in a gentle way,″ Evert told The Philadelphia Inquirer in an interview published Monday. ″If I were doing the finals at Wimbledon, I think I’d be panicking. This is a big tournament, but the eyes of the world won’t be watching the match.″

Evert, who turns 40 next month, will do color commentary for KYW-TV’s telecast of the Slims final Sunday from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, assisting KYW sportscaster Lou Tilley. The match will air locally on a tape- delay basis after the NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns.

Evert retired in 1989 after 17 years and 18 Grand Slam titles. She took a break from broadcasting in August 1993, and has been spending time with her sons Alex, 4, and 6-month-old Nicholas Joseph.

She also plays tennis two or three times a week and runs, which ″gives me the energy to be with my kids. I’m home with them 90 percent of the time.″ ---

MILWAUKEE (AP) - If you have Glenn Robinson, the people from Gary, Ind., will come.

More than 400 Gary residents carried signs reading ″We’re from Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood,″ and went wild when the former Purdue standout made his NBA debut Saturday.

The Bucks and Robinson’s agent had put the finishing touches on the this year’s No. 1 NBA draft pick’s 10-year, $68.15 million contract hours earlier.

″We’ve never been involved in anything like this ...″ said Lloyd Fisher. ″This guy is like the second coming of Michael Jordan. He has the skill, the finesse, the desire and the charisma.″

Robinson’s biggest fan, his mother Christine Bridgeman, was among the people who made the two-hour trip to Milwaukee in a caravan of three buses, two vans and several cars.

″It speaks well of Glenn’s character that we’re all here,″ fan Mike Washington said. ---

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It’s been that kind of year for baseball.

A modern ″murderers’ row″ including Bobby Bonds, Frank Thomas, Walt Williams, Jeff Bagwell, Ken Griffey Jr. Bobby Bonilla and Mike Piazza scored seven runs before the first out Sunday, but eventually lost 29-17 in softball by a team led by singer Michael Bolton.

The ″Field of Dreams″ game for charity foundations led by Bolton and Bonds included 12 home runs over a short outfield fence.

Bolton’s highly regarded traveling team rallied for the victory against an All-Star pitching staff and defense that included Brett Saberhagen, Scott Erickson, Rod Beck, John Franco and Jeff Fassero on the mound and Ozzie Smith at shortstop. ---

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Elaine Roque, an eight-year veteran on the Coors Light Women’s Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, has been elected the new president of the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association.

Roque’s election and the 1995 WPVA Player’s Board were announced Monday.

The tour’s No. 3 career money winner with $189,432 in earnings, Roque succeeds Barbra Fontana as the WPVA’s fifth president. Fontana headed the eight-year-old association for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. ---

NEW YORK (AP) - Can’t get enough of ballpark music at the ballpark?

Tommy Boy records and ESPN have released a compact disc called ″Jock Rock″ that features ″We Will Rock You″ by Queen, Gary Glitter’s ″Rock and Roll Park 2 (The ‘Hey’ Song)″ and other between-innings tunes. It also includes the theme music from ESPN’s SportsCenter and arena organ music.

The suggested retail price is $15.98 for CDs and $10.98 for cassettes.

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