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Life after Shabtai won't be the same

Originally Published: September 17, 2010
By Jim Caple | Page 2

When Sue Bird heard a rumor that Atlanta Dream owner Kathy Betty paid to have "Sesame Street Live" move out of Philips Arena so Game 3 of the WNBA Finals could be played there, she thought, "That's a total Shabtai move."

Shabtai von Kalmanovich was the owner of the Moscow-area Spartak basketball team for whom Bird plays during the winter. He was gunned down last fall in what can best be described as gangland style. The Mercedes he was riding in was stopped at a Moscow intersection ...

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