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August 16, 1994

NEW YORK (AP) _ Liberty Media Corp., a programming subsidiary of Tele-Communications Inc., and a partnership of Cablevision Systems Corp. and ITT Corp. are believed to be the two bidders for Madison Square Garden, its cable network, the NHL New York Rangers and the NBA New York Knicks.

The bids, submitted Monday, were expected to be near $1 billion for Viacom Inc.’s properties, but no deadline for the completion of the sale has been set.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The sights, sounds and excitement of the three major types of auto racing in the United States - drag racing, Indy-car racing and stock-car racing - will come to downtown Philadelphia on Sept. 14 during the Philadelphia Motorsports Expo.

Philadelphia Motorsports Expo, the first event of its kind in downtown Philadelphia, is a day-long street festival with a motorsports theme featuring the drivers and cars of the National Hot Rod Association, IndyCar and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.

The expo will take place at Eakins Park and admission is free. The expo will start with a press conference, with retiring NHRA legend Don ″The Snake″ Prudhomme, and retiring IndyCar legend Mario Andretti on hand to receive honors.


CLEVELAND (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Jeremy Salomon of Cleveland captured the gold medal in swimming in the four-day North American Maccabi Youth Games.

Salomon, 13, won the 400-yard individual medley Monday for 13- and 14-year- olds in 4:31. He then went on to win a bronze medal in the 100-yard backstroke.

Stephanie Shapiro of Los Angeles won gold in the girls’ 400-yard individual medley for 13 and 14-year-olds. She won the competition in 4:51.

More than 2,500 athletes, ages 13 to 16, are competing in 14 sports at 25 Cleveland-area venues. The athletes represent 68 cities in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Mexico and Israel.


DALLAS (AP) - The University of Texas has reached a $3.2 million deal with Reebok to equip all 18 Longhorns teams with shoes and uniforms, according to a published report.

The five-year contract will pay the Texas athletic department $650,000 per year in cash and equipment, The Dallas Morning News reports in today’s editions.

The agreement includes shoes, uniforms, T-shirts, warm-up gear and other sideline apparel.

All of Texas’ coaches will be paid allowances from Reebok’s annual $300,000 cash payment.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Hat tricks by Jeff Whittle, Trevor Buchanan and Bruce Coles helped the Pittsburgh Phantoms to an 18-6 victory over the New England Stingers in the Roller Hockey International league.

Whittle scored seven seconds into Monday’s game.

The Stingers answered with goals by Jason Christie, who also finished with three goals, and Cal Ingraham, for New England’s only lead. The Phantoms scored three times in the second period for a 4-2 lead.


TORONTO (AP) - Toronto Maple Leafs who live outside the city will have to pay their own way to the NHL team’s training camp this year.

The club confirmed Monday that it is under orders from league commissioner Gary Bettman not to pick up players’ travel expenses.

″That’s part of the negotiating posture,″ said assistant general manager Bill Watters, who normally makes travel arrangements for out-of-town players. ″But I think (the players) can handle it.″

Bettman last month threatened the players with $20-million worth of contract rollbacks in an effort to force their union back to the bargaining table. The last collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players expired Sept. 15, 1993.

The Leafs are to open training camp Sept. 4.

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