Reports of his death . . .
Despite reports to the contrary, Canadian ice dancer Rob McCall, a bronze medalist in 1988, is alive.
The Canadian Figure Skating Association sent a fax "For Immediate Release" on Thursday reporting it was "with great sadness that today [the association] learned of the death of Rob McCall."
The release included facts on McCall and condolences to the family from David Dore, director-general of the association.
The Canadian Press moved the story as an obituary. Toronto Hospital spokesman David Allen told reporters calling the hospital that McCall was "OK" though "surprised" to learn he was supposed to have been dead.
"He's in fair condition and he's looking forward to going home next week," said Allen, who declined to disclose the nature of the illness.
You don't need Magic anymore
It's not just Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson anymore when it comes to big money endorsements for NBA players, sports marketing specialist Brandon Steiner said recently.
"There is a new age dawning in the NBA," Steiner said. "I believe you'll see players like Reggie Lewis, Vlade Divac and Scottie Pippen make their presence felt in the corporate community."
He also said that old standbys, such as coach Pat Riley and Larry Bird, remain hot properties.
"Riley has not coached one regular-season game and already he's one of the hottest names in New York with respect to corporations," Steiner said. "Contrary to what many think, Bird is far from done, and corporate America realizes his value."
Steiner Sports, based in Manhattan, serves as a liaison between corporations and athletes.
A few days after basketball practice started in October, Nevada-Las Vegas coach Jerry Tarkanian made his first visit to Santa Anita Park to see Tark The Shark make his debut in a maiden race. The horse was a winner, paying $3.80. Said Tarkanian: "I bet $100 on him. I've never done that before. I'm a $10 guy."
Former Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, when asked to compare himself to former NFL quarterback Joe Namath: "I spent 12 years training for a career that was over in a week. Joe spent one week training for a career that lasted 12 years."