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NAMES IN THE NEWS

     MSG Exec VP JOSEPH COHEN's return to the company after a
stint owning the L.A. Kings is profiled in CRAIN'S NEW YORK
BUSINESS.  Ylonda Gault writes Cohen "must develop more programs
in which advertisers not only buy television ads on the MSG
Network and the rights to hand signs in the Garden but also
participate in joint promotions for other Garden events and
products" (CRAIN'S NEW YORK, 11/27-12/3)....Colts Owner ROBERT
IRSAY had a stroke Wednesday night and is conscious and in stable
condition in an Indianapolis hospital (INDIANAPOLIS STAR/NEWS,
12/1)....NASL Organizer JEROME COOPER died of pneumonia yesterday
in his Washington home.  He was 81 (WASHINGTON POST, 12/1)....CBS
Sports figure skating analyst SCOTT HAMILTON commented on recent
remarks by NANCY KERRIGAN in which she called competitions
"boring."  Hamilton: "If you're not in shape, if you don't want
to be there, don't come" (CBS Sports)....Former Browns QB BRIAN
SIPE intends to protest the team's move in several ways over the
coming weeks.  Sipe's efforts could include a documentary on the
team "for the fans," a rally of former Browns players before the
team's final home game, and a possible stint in the booth as an
NBC analyst for Sunday's Browns-Chargers game (Akron BEACON
JOURNAL, 12/1)....DIANA ROSS, at a press conference announcing
she would be the Super Bowl XXX halftime entertainment: "I know
the game will be exciting. [sarcastic laughter from crowd].  At
least a little bit anyway" ("ET," 11/30)....JOE GARAGIOLA
appeared on NBC's "Today" acknowledging his humanitarian award
from the broadcasters association. ... MAGIC JOHNSON also
appeared on "Today" updating his fight with HIV.  Johnson said he
hopes to play on the '96 "Dream Team":  "I'm 253 [lbs.], but all
muscle, not fat" (NBC, 11/30)....GREG LOUGANIS appeared on ABC's
"GMA" with the mother of Ryan White.  Louganis will be honored
with the 5th annual Ryan White achievement award.  Louganis,
noting the positive response he has received since going public
on his contraction of HIV:  "Even if people don't understand
sexual orientation, they understand honesty" ("GMA," ABC, 11/30).
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