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'Who is hotter, trendier, or more dominant than Tiger Woods?'

- Bob Williams, president of Burns Sports & Celebrities Inc. in Chicago, on Disney's reported deal

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Tiger and Mickey?

The Walt Disney Co. is wooing Tiger Woods - who won his fourth straight major golf championship at Sunday's Masters - to become a new spokesman for the company Mickey Mouse built.

Disney officials on Wednesday declined to discuss reported negotiations with Woods.

Signing Woods would be a departure for Disney. Except for ads featuring championship athletes boasting "I'm Going to Disneyland!" after winning the World Series and Super Bowl games, Disney has rarely used athletes to sell its products.

NFL draft day

No team has more at stake in the NFL draft Sunday than the San Diego Chargers. They have the No. 1 overall pick. This also is the first draft for the team's new general manager, John Butler. "It's a draft that has a chance to lay the foundation for the future," he says.

Butler says he's avoiding the temptation to focus solely on exciting Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick, who is expected to be his No. 1 pick. "If you spend all your time with the No. 1 pick, then you're cheating other [pick]s down the line," he says.

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Boston race adds a star

Joseph Chebet, who won the Boston Marathon in 1999, has been added to the field for this year's race. Chebet's decision means that the winners of the last three races will compete in the 105th running of the event on Monday. Moses Tanui, who won in 1998, was already in the race, along with last year's winner Elijah Legat and Olympic champion Gezahegne Abera.

Michael Jordan comeback?

Responding to comments made by fellow Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin, Michael Jordan played down the notion that he's planning a comeback, repeating his previous estimate that he's "99.9 percent sure" that he's retired for good. "I'm not going to come back as a showpiece. I wouldn't even think about it unless I thought I could maintain the level of play I had when I left."

(c) Copyright 2001. The Christian Science Monitor