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Published March 16, 1995
CHARLES BARKLEY is expected to become an investor in the new MLB Arizona Diamondbacks (Riverside PRESS-ENTERPRISE, 3/16)....ROCK NEWMAN, manager of heavyweight boxer RIDDICK BOWE, met with MSG President DAVE CHECKETTS about the possibility of Madison Square Garden being the venue of a Bowe-MIKE TYSON fight. Checketts: "We have a great deal of serious intent." Newman said the ideal date for the fight would be March 8, 1996, the 25th anniversary of the Ali-Frazier fight at the Garden (N.Y. TIMES, 3/16). ....GRANT HILL is expected to appear on the "Tonight Show" tonight performing with Jay Leno's "Dancing Itos" (USA TODAY, 3/16)....AARON SPELLING, the creator of Fox's "Melrose Place" is working on a pilot entitled "Ft. Lauderdale," similar to Melrose. MIAMI HERALD's Liz Doup suggests a character be created in the mold of WAYNE HUIZENGA, whose former company, Blockbuster Entertainment, owns 65% of Spelling Entertainment (MIAMI HERALD, 3/15).