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The WNBA begins its second season on June 11 with four games, including the debut of the expansion Washington Mystics. The other expansion team, the Detroit Shock, opens at home on June 13.

Lifetime Television Network, NBC and ESPN each have 10-game television packages with the league.

Helsinki, Finland, is set to launch a joint bid for the 2006 Winter Olympics with Lillehammer, Norway, as its co-host after the Finnish capital’s city council formally endorsed the plan.

ABC and ESPN will televise all 32 games on the 1999 Women’s World Cup, beginning with the June 19 opener, under an agreement with FIFA’s television partners.

T. Wayne Robertson, an executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and an influential leader in motorsports, died during a hunting trip in Louisiana. He was 47. Robertson was one of six duck hunters killed in a boating collision in a Louisiana bayou.