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SNIPES OUT: So much for team spirit. Wesley Snipes won’t be doing the sequel to Major League-the 1989 comedy that grossed $50 million and catapulted Snipes to stardom-and costar Charlie Sheen is not being a sport about it. ”Wesley is the only one not coming back,” says Sheen. ”It wasn’t a good enough part for him.” A spokeswoman for Snipes, who is currently filming Demolition Man (due in the fall), said the actor wouldn’t rejoin his teammates because ”his schedule couldn’t permit anything else.” Adds Sheen: ”He’ll be greatly missed- and he’ll be sorely disappointed when he sees the numbers after the second or third week.” -Anne Thompson YOU DON’T BRING US NEW SONGS: Neil Diamond, who eked out a gold album last winter with a collection of Christmas chestnuts, has mined the vaults for his new album, too. On the tentatively titled Up on the Roof, out this September, Diamond will cover the old Drifters tune as well as ”Save the Last Dance for Me” and ”You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” sung as a duet with Dolly Parton. ”Columbia Records told me they wanted a whole album of that stuff,” says Diamond, sounding underwhelmed. ”I was knocking around the streets when those songs were hip, so there is a connection between the music and me.” Song, sung old, everybody’s recorded one. -Melina Gerosa

DEPP’S CHARGE: Thwarted in his efforts to become a rock & roller (who could forget Cry-Baby?), Johnny Depp may do the next best thing: own a rock & roll club. The actor is negotiating to buy the Central, a bar on L.A.’s Sunset Strip that features pickup blues and punk bands. ”At one point, I heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to get it, and then it was Frank Stallone,” says club manager Mary Black, who notes that other Central patrons include Kiefer Sutherland and Murphy Brown’s Robert Pastorelli. What will Depp get for the rumored $350,000 price tag? ”It’s not a yuppie dance club,” says Black. ”You never know whether they are going to come in with Armani or mohawks.” A spokesman for Depp, who just signed on to play the title role in Tim Burton’s Disney film about ’50s cult-movie director Ed Wood, offered no comment on the sale. -MG

PLAYING BALL: During a recent trip to Chicago, Janine Turner, who costars with Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger, popped up at Wrigley Field for a day game- and a media frenzy. On the evening news sportscasters announced that Turner sat with the players’ wives (she is reportedly dating Cubs first baseman Mark Grace), didn’t eat a hot dog, and got a tan. The only aspect of her outing not in the headlines? Turner’s lack of enthusiasm for the game. Says her spokeswoman, ”I don’t think Janine likes baseball.” -Cindy Pearlman

BOOKS INTO POP: In what may be a publishing first, The Bridges of Madison County, the surprise best-selling novel, is being turned into music. On The Waltzes of Madison County, an album to be released by Atlantic this July, author Robert James Waller sings songs inspired by scenes in the book, including ”Autumn Leaves.” Bridges is also the talk of Hollywood: Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment has snapped up the film rights, Sydney Pollock may direct, and Robert Redford will reportedly play the photographer who has a passionate four-day love affair with an Iowa farm wife -a role that’s still up for grabs. Among the contenders: Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Barbara Hershey, and Anjelica Huston. Waller’s one requirement for the movie? ”The actor’s gotta look good in a truck,” he says. ”There’s a right way to get in.” Sounds like Bob. -Kelli Pryor