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Monday’s People in Sports

October 29, 1985

Undated (AP) _ Former President decided Monday that major league umpires will receive a 40 percent increase in pay for working additional baseball games in the two divisional championship series.

Nixon, chosen by the presidents of the two leagues to decide the dispute between baseball and the umpires in binding arbitration, said in a statement, ″The arbitrator’s decision is that because the championship series have been expanded by a factor of 40 percent, the working umpires are entitled to receive a 40 percent increase in compensation, which amounts to an increase of $4,000 per umpire, or a total of $48,000 per year for the 12 working umpires for the years 1985 and 1986.″

The American and National league playoffs were expanded from best-of-five to best-of-seven, beginning in 1985. The umpires threatened a strike, but later agreed to the arbitration by Nixon.

World middleweight champion his back injury felt ″much better,″ arrived here Monday to open training camp for his Nov. 14 title defense against unbeaten John Mugabe.

Hagler suffered a lower back strain last week while training in Brockton, Mass., but received medical clearance Friday to go on with the fight. He was scheduled to begin workouts Monday night at his Palm Springs training heaquarters.

″It’s much better and I don’t foresee any problems at all,″ Hagler said Monday. ″I’m ready to get going.″

Hagler, 61-2-2, will be making his 12th title defense. He has not lost a fight in 10 years. Mugabe, a native of Uganda who now fights out of Tampa, is 26-0 with 26 knockouts.

Guard Monday but there was no indication when he might return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup.

Originally, he was expected to be sidelined through the first week of the Lakers’ season, which began last Saturday night.

A team physician said Johnson had ″shown improvement″ Monday and will be re-examined on Wednesday, when it probably will be determined when he’ll be back in action.

The Lakers play at Dallas Tuesday, at Phoenix Thursday, and at Golden State Saturday before opening their home season Tuesday against Cleveland.

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, but attacks a nerve and can be extremely painful.

Ohio State University tailback OK to play in the Buckeyes’ Saturday showdown against No. 1-ranked Iowa.

Byars, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound tailback who missed the first five games this season after breaking his foot during a preseason workout, bruised the same foot during the third period of Ohin State’s 23-19 victory Saturday over Minnesota. He had 67 yards on 18 carrieq before going to the sidelines.

Byar was X-rayed by team physician Dr. Mel Olix Monday morning and the injury was found to be a bruise. He will begin team practices Wednesday.

The Quebec Nordiques have acquired right wing from the Pittsburgh Penguins for future considerations. Babych, now in his eighth National Hockey League season, will report to Quebec in time for Tuesday night’s game against Montreal Canadiens.

Babych has scored 175 goals and 224 assists for 399 points in 461 career games. His best season was in 1980-81, when he scored 54 goals and added 42 assists with the St. Louis Blues.

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