DALLAS - In another sign of the deepening distress of professional sports teams, Dallas Stars' owner Tom Hicks is trying to fend off creditors in hopes of getting through the season without surrendering control of the National Hockey League Team.

Hicks, whose Hicks Sports Group owns the Stars and Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers, has a 50% stake in Center Operating Co., the group that manages and leases the American Airlines Center where the Stars and the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association play their home games.

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