Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts

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Olympics Tickets Become Available

More tickets to the gymnastics and men's basketball finals - among the most prized seats at the Atlanta Olympics - will go on sale Saturday. They are among 135,000 contingency seats that originally were thought to be unusable because they would be blocked by camera stands or other obstacles.

The original tickets went on sale before the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games had decided just how it would configure each venue.

"If we sell you a ticket, we want to be sure there is a seat to match that ticket," said Scott Anderson, the ACOG ticket chief. "That's what contingency seats are all about."

New tickets are available for 105 sessions of gymnastics, basketball, archery, badminton and track cycling. Anderson declined to say how many seats are available for any specific session. The seats go on sale 8 a.m. Saturday (St. Louis time) through ACOG's telephone ticket line (404-744-1996) and its site on the Internet (http://www.atlantagames.com). A Visa credit card is required for payment.

Demand is expected to be heavy, much as it was last month when the phone line opened. Many customers, especially those callers paying long-distance charges, complained of long waits.

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Byars Returns To Dolphins

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Under the threat of a heavy fine from National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Seattle Seahawks owner Ken Behring announced that the team will resume offseason player conditioning in the Seattle area the week of April 1. He wants to move the team to Anaheim, Calif., but the league is objecting.

New England signed its second free-agent defensive tackle in two days when it obtained Mark Wheeler, who has spent his four NFL seasons with Tampa Bay. …

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