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NAMES IN THE NEWS

     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).
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