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October 27, 1994|From Staff and Wire Reports

Brian Burke, the NHL's senior vice president and director of hockey operations, said anti-Semitism underlies criticism of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman published in Canadian newspapers. "It's not speculative. Based in large part on one gentleman's comments made directly to me, it's clear there's an anti-Semitic agenda," said Burke, who would not identify the sources or the exact nature of the remarks.

"There's no other explanation for the violent attacks (on Bettman). I'm sickened that in 1994 stuff like this is happening. Even some of the comments that have been written, to me, it's astonishing their editors haven't picked it up. Clearly, there's an ax to grind and there's an anti-American, anti-Semitic agenda. It's pathetic that would be tolerated."

Miscellany

Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain has decided not to join the U.S. PGA Tour as a full-time player.

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