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THE INSIDE TRACK | MORNING BRIEFING

At Least No One Is Complaining About the Noise

December 17, 1996|SHAV GLICK

The Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, N.Y., has been declared off-limits for tailgate parties.

The cemetery is near the Carrier Dome and parking has been allowed there for 20 years. This year, several hundred fans paid $200 for permits to park for football, basketball and lacrosse games.

But many families with loved ones in the cemetery complained about garbage and empty beer cans left behind.

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Trivia time: How many Heisman Trophy winners have also earned Rose Bowl player-of-the-game honors?

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One more year: Tiger Woods isn't even old enough to buy a drink, but he's the newest partner in the All-Star Cafe cast. Woods, 20, joined Andre Agassi, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Joe Montana, Shaquille O'Neal and Monica Seles in the restaurant chain, which opened its Las Vegas branch last Saturday night.

Woods donated the clothing he wore at the Greater Milwaukee Open, his first tournament, and at the Las Vegas Invitational, where he won his first professional title.

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Overtime: At autograph shows, Doc Gooden signs his name for $20. However, as Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News points out, if you want "No Hitter" underneath, it costs you another $20.

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New era? Trish Roberts is a coach in the new American Basketball League, but she knows what it's like to promote women's basketball. Nearly 20 years ago, the Atlanta Glory coach was a player.

"My last year in St. Louis we got 200 fans on a good night," Roberts said. "It cost more to turn on the lights than we got in gate receipts."

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Shopping list: The Honolulu Advertiser's Fred Lewis suggests the following for Christmas gifts:

--"The Jim Harrick Blue Book. Lists the going rates for selling used cars, trucks and vans to prospective recruits.

--"The Official Dallas Cowboys' Guide to Defense Attorneys.

--"Jerry Reinsdorf Ventriloquism Kit . . . from a guy who once preached austerity, then spent heavily on Albert Belle. You too can learn to talk out of both sides of your mouth."

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Hockey hokum: Vancouver Canuck General Manager Pat Quinn on his duties: "A big part of a GM's job in the NHL is denying all the silly trade rumors started in Toronto."

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Perfect three: There are three complete outfields that played as a unit currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Detroit Tigers have Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford and Harry Heilmann in the Hall, the Washington Senators have Goose Goslin, Heinie Manush and Sam Rice, and the Philadelphia Phillies have Ed Delahanty, Billy Hamilton and Sam Thompson.

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Trivia answer: Three: O.J. Simpson, USC, 1968; Jim Plunkett, Stanford, 1971, and Charles White, USC, 1979 and '80.

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And finally: The University of Kansas recently sent a basketball recruiting letter to 6-week-old Maxwell Kupchak, son of Laker executive Mitch. Said Jayhawk senior center Scot Pollard, "I've heard good things about Max. He works hard inside the posts, the posts being his crib."

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