12/12/2001 1:00AM

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Laura Hillenbrand, author of the best-selling book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," has been named the 2001 winner of the Big Sport of Turfdom award, the Turf Publicists of America announced Wednesday. "Seabiscuit" topped the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks, and it was recently named the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in Britain. . . . Wade M. Russell, the man accused of killing trainer Bob Camac and his wife at their Salem County, N.J., farm, has threatened to kill himself while in custody in the county jail, a Pennsylvania newspaper reported Wednesday. Authorities are currently evaluating whether to transfer Russell, Camac's stepson, to a mental health facility.