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ESPN's online service will be the sole provider of sports information for MSN. The move is part of Microsoft's plan to make MSN a more comprehensive destination for Web users and compete with pages such as Yahoo and AOL.

NEW YORK: All-sports cable network ESPN said on Thursday its online service would be the sole provider of sports information to Microsoft Corp's Internet portal MSN.

Visitors to MSN can click from MSN's Hotmail email service to ESPN's online sports site, ESPN.com, and then back to Hotmail. ESPN.com can be placed on an MSN user's personalized home page, the companies said.

The move is part of Microsoft's plan to make MSN a more comprehensive destination for Web users and compete with pages such as Yahoo! Inc. and subscriber-based services such as America Online, a unit of AOL Time Warner. ESPN is majority-owned by Walt Disney Co . Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

(C) Reuters Limited 2001.

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