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NAMES IN THE NEWS

     AVP star KENT STEFFES is one of PEOPLE's "50 Most Beautiful
People."  Steffes: "I've got nice toes, and clean toenails, which
is rare in beach volleyball" (PEOPLE, 5/8). ....ANDRE AGGASI has
unveiled plans for a music concert and dinner to benefit
children's charities supported by the Agassi Foundation
(ATP)....Citing the "overkill" of TV  figure skating exhibitions,
BRIAN BOITANO called for a tour similar to that of the PGA and a
skaters' union.  But he admitted problems:  "There are a lot of
people that can be bought for  a higher price" (AP/HOUSTON
CHRONICLE, 4/30).... Hornets Owner GEORGE SHINN denies "hinting"
that he is offering MICHAEL JORDAN a job with the team, but says,
"If he ever desires to come home [to NC] permanently, I might be
one of the people he'd want to see" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES,
4/30)....CHARLES BARKLEY says former Dream Team I mate MAGIC
JOHNSON should give other players a chance to play on Dream Team
III and drop his plans to play in '96.  Barkley: "It was a great
experience for me.  It was one of the highlights of my life.  But
I just think he should let other players experience that"
(PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 5/1).... Microsoft's BILL GATES will be
profiled in an NBC special, "Tycoon," set to air May 26
(PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/2).... Three men have been elected to
the NSGA Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame.  JOHN BRUNSWICK,
founder of the Brunswick Corp.; E. CLAUDE MANNING, founder of the
National Buying Syndicate; and CLIFFORD DICKMAN, President of
Kesslers Sport Shop.  They will be honored at a July 18 ceremony
(NSGA)....KI-JANA CARTER has signed on with Nike Sports
Management.  He brings the total number of athletic clients to 12
(Michael Heistand, USA TODAY, 5/2).
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