NAMES IN THE NEWS
Published March 6, 1995
LARRY BIRD addressed SHAQUILLE O'NEAL's unwillingness to become an ambassador for the NBA: "You can talk about other players all you want, but Shaq is the league. He puts his reputation on the line every minute of every day. As long as Shaq's doing the job on the court, he doesn't need to do any of that (serving as league spokesman)" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 3/4)....Broncos Owner PAT BOWLEN was hospitalized over the weekend with a bruised heart from a skiing accident in the Vail area (Mult., 3/5)....The U.S. is expected to file a formal extradition request within two months for former NHLPA head ALAN EAGLESON to face racketeering, fraud, and embezzlement charges in Boston (TORONTO STAR, 3/4).