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NAMES IN THE NEWS

     In an NBC interview, MAGIC JOHNSON announced his desire to
play in the '96 Olympics and said he feels good enough to play in
NBA.  Johnson:  "When Michael [Jordan] announced he was coming
back he's made my life miserable, in a sense, because now
everybody has asked me, 'When are you coming back?'" (NBC,
4/22)....Former CBS broadcaster IRV CROSS has sold his 2%
interest in the CFL Baltimore Football Club, but Cross said he
will remain active with U.S. CFL expansion (Baltimore SUN, 4/23).
....The stock of Compuware, the parent company of the Whalers
"took a hit," dropping nearly 40% during a recent five-day
period.  Whalers Owner/ Compuware President PETER KARMANOS:
"It's the difference of whether I'm worth $100 millon or $200
millon at a given point.  It's all relative" (Roy Cummings, TAMPA
TRIBUNE, 4/23)....JOE MONTANA was at the National Cutting Horse
Association (NCHA) Super Stakes.  Montana said he has "been
playing with the idea" of owning a cutting horse (FORT WORTH
STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/23).  Montana will hold a news conference
tomorrow in Minneapolis to announce his new future sports
ventures (IMG)....HOWIE LONG will be in the action adventure film
"Broken Arrow" with JOHN TRAVOLTA and CHRISTIAN SLATER (BOSTON
GLOBE, 4/21).... JUNIOR SEAU will be named Football Man of the
Year at the 10th annual Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular in June
(Cedars Sinai)....CBS will not air a segment on TONYA HARDING
during "Where Are They Now," a May 4 CBS special.  The network
pulled the piece after allegations by Harding that her mother,
LAVONA GOLDEN, was paid to wear a wire during the skater's
training last year.  Harding: "My mother doesn't do anything
without being paid."  CBS denied any payment (WASHINGTON POST,
4/24).
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