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Names In The Game

September 20, 1994

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ The Texas Rangers, despite the cancellation of the World Series, are still generating excitement with one job opening.

The vacant general manager’s seat has kept phones at The Ballpark in Arlington ringing despite a season-ending strike.

Baltimore assistant general manager Doug Melvin is expected to get an interview for the job, which came open when the Rangers fired Tom Grieve on Wednesday, the same day season was canceled.

Atlanta scouting director Chuck LaMar, a former Texas Christian player, and Walt Jocketty, Colorado assistant general manager who helped build Oakland’s three pennant winners in 1988-90, also are interested.

Rangers president Tom Schieffer said the search is in the preliminary stages.

″I’m not having any trouble getting people on the phone,″ he said.

He said he will also consider acting general manager Sandy Johnson, who has spent the past decade as the Rangers’ scouting and player personnel director.

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Tanya Hughes, a four-time NCAA high jump champion at Arizona and a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team, heads a list of 10 finalists announced Monday for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award.

The winner of the award for excellence in athletics, academics and community leadership, will be announced Nov. 14 in Washington.

Hughes, the 1992 NCAA Female Athlete of the Year in track in field, has a 3.435 grade-point average in interdisciplinary studies.

The other finalists are: Steph Bruening, North Dakota, track and field; Helen Crook, South Carolina, tennis; Christa Gannon, California-Santa Barbara, basketball; Holly Humphrey, Ohio State, swimming; Katharina Larsson, Tennessee, golf; Shannon Small, Northwestern, field hockey; Tina Stec, Iowa, track; Amy Marie Sullivan, Washington, Mo., volleyball; Alliniece Taylor, Florida A&M, volleyball.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Brad Holland, a member of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 1980 NBA championship team, has been chosen men’s basketball coach at the University of San Diego.

Holland, 37, spent the last two seasons as head coach at Cal State Fullerton, compiling a 23-31 record. His 1992-93 team was 15-12, the school’s first winning record in four years.

″I think in reference to Fullerton, it was a tremendous learning experience for me,″ Holland said Monday. ″But the budget crisis in the California State system is well documented and I think the Big West Conference is going to be changing its face here in the next couple of years with UNLV leaving.″

Holland replaces Hank Egan, who resigned Aug. 31 to become an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.

Holland was the last player recruited by John Wooden at UCLA.

After the Lakers took Magic Johnson with the first pick of the 1979 draft, they used the 14th pick of the first round to take Holland. He played in the NBA through 1982, with the Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Bullets.

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HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats released former NFL quarterback Timm Rosenbach on Monday, taking the cash-strapped CFL club off the hook for $150,000 this year and $1 million in 1995.

″All I was told was our playoff chances looked dim, the money wasn’t there and it was a struggle to make payroll,″ Rosenbach said. ″When you make cutbacks, this (high salaries) is where you go.″

Hamilton (3-8) is expected to lose $2 million this year.

″I really didn’t expect it because I thought that time (for being released) had passed,″ Rosenbach said. ″It’s a little difficult to take because I’ve never been handed something like this ever before.″

Rosenbach, who spent four years with the Arizona Cardinals before retiring prior to last season, completed 157 of 294 passes for 2,046 yards and 10 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He rushed for 160 yards on 27 carries with three touchdowns.

″I’ve also earned a new respect for the CFL and its players. But I think, right now, what I need most is to get out of town and kick back.″