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March 12, 2001
Disrupted?Work on the Seahawks' new stadium, by last week's 6.8-magnitude earthquake in the Seattle area. The temblor caused scaffolding to give way and left a large concrete form hanging off the side of the stadium; the construction site was shut down for a day. The Mariners' Safeco Field suffered minor cosmetic damage; KeyArena, the Sonics' home, was unscathed.
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March 12, 2001

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Disrupted
?Work on the Seahawks' new stadium, by last week's 6.8-magnitude earthquake in the Seattle area. The temblor caused scaffolding to give way and left a large concrete form hanging off the side of the stadium; the construction site was shut down for a day. The Mariners' Safeco Field suffered minor cosmetic damage; KeyArena, the Sonics' home, was unscathed.

Sued
?Del Taco, by Shaquille O'Neal, over the fast food chain's use of a character named Shaq Johnson in radio ads. The Lakers' center says the character infringed on his registered Shaq trademark and falsely implied that he endorsed the company. Del Taco had no comment.

Nixed
?The idea that the Jazz would relinquish its nickname to the Grizzlies if they were to relocate from Vancouver to New Orleans, where the Jazz franchise originated. Utah president Dennis Haslam said there is "too much history and tradition" in the name for the Salt Lake City club to give it up.

Canceled
?All major sporting events in Ireland last weekend, in an effort to prevent England's foot-and-mouth epidemic from spreading to the island. The outbreak of the highly contagious disease, which infects farm animals but can be transmitted by humans and horses, caused the temporary suspension of all horse racing in Britain. Ireland's Rugby Six Nations Cup match against Wales in Cardiff was also suspended for fear that fans traveling from Ireland might be exposed to the disease.

Signed
?Jockey Shane Sellers, to a recording contract with the country music division of DreamWorks SKG. His single, Matthew, Mark, Luke and Earnhardt, which he recorded last fall, has been in heavy rotation on country music stations since Dale Earnhardt's death.

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