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NAMES IN THE NEWS

     Twins outfielder SHANE MACK signed by far the biggest
contract in the history of Japanese baseball yesterday -- a two-
year deal worth about $8.1M (Mult., 1/5)....University of Miami
has given the Seahawks permission to talk with coach DENNIS
ERICKSON (Mult., 1/5)....The Boston Garden is closed to
completing a broadcast deal with NANCY KERRIGAN Productions for a
'95 show called Halloween on Ice (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/4)....Former
NCAA Director WALTER BYERS told the AP that college athletes
should be paid.  Byers' suggestion drew "fire" from current NCAA
Director CEDRIC DEMPSEY who said "There is a very strong concern
about providing direct compensation beyond education.  There's no
support for that" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/5)....MLS has
announced the signing of U.S. National Team player TAB RAMOS, who
recently has played in the Spanish First Division.  Ramos is the
first player signed by the league scheduled to begin play in 1996
(MLS)....JOHN HAMMER has been appointed to president of Revlon
Professional USA. He will oversee all marketing, advertising,
sales promotions and manufacturing activities for his division
(Revlon).....Hill & Knowlton public relations of New York, has
named MARK THORNE Chief Operating Officer (Hill &
Knowlton)....Music critic Barry Walters, on DEION SANDERS' new
rap album:  "Sanders better not quit either of his day jobs" (SAN
FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 1/5).
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