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December 15, 1995

Contains items on Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Gordon, Michigan football players Will Carr and Jarrett Irons, and Kansas basketball player Jerod Haase

HOUSTON (AP) _ In an off-the-court move, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander says upcoming NASA experiments on monkeys are pointless and cruel and the space agency’s chief administrator should stop them.

Alexander wrote Daniel Goldin on Dec. 7 and labeled the agency’s involvement in the Russian ``Bion″ program harmful to NASA’s reputation. The program involves monitoring rhesus monkeys aboard satellites.

``The torturing of these animals _ and that’s what they do, in my opinion, torturing them _ is not necessary,″ Alexander said Thursday.

``If they spent creative time coming up with another way to do these things, which they could, either computer models or something else, they could get the same results without having to torture these animals.″

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NEW YORK (AP) _ New York Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason, one of the hottest analyst prospects in TV, will join CBS as a contributing analyst during halftime of its bowl games, the network said Thursday.

Esiason and Pat O’Brien will be based in Tempe, Ariz., site of the Fiesta Bowl showdown Jan. 2 between No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Florida.

``Boomer’s coming on board is a terrific addition to our college football broadcast team,″ CBS Sports senior vice president Rick Gentile said.

``His is the perspective of a former All-American and Super Bowl quarterback, one who knows the pressures, the challenges and the dreams of the athletes playing in these bowl games.″

Esiason has worked for CBS previously on the college football segment of its weekend sports show. He also was lead analyst for USA Network’s coverage of the World League.

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LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) _ Jeff Gordon, the Winston Cup champion whose earnings of $4,347,343 were the most ever for a single season in auto racing, has been selected Driver of the Year.

Gordon, 24, received 11 of 12 votes from a panel of motorsports writers. The other vote went to Indy Car champion Jacques Villeneuve, who won the Indianapolis 500.

Gordon will receive the award from the Driver of the Year Foundation during the International Motorsports Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony April 25 at Talladega, Ala.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan defensive tackle Will Carr is going home for Christmas _ and he hopes to come back a winner.

Carr, Jarrett Irons and several other Wolverines are from Texas, where the Wolverines will play Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28.

``I love it. I can’t wait to get back home,″ said Carr, a junior from Dallas. ``But I don’t want to go home and lose.″

Irons, a junior linebacker from The Woodlands, said he thought about attending Texas A&M before enrolling at Michigan.

``It was either going to be A&M or Michigan,″ Irons said. ``They recruited me really hard; they wanted me to stay in Texas. But I felt my best opportunity was here.″

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas vs. Indiana. Roy Williams vs. Bob Knight. National television and a packed arena.

These are the things Jerod Haase lives for.

``Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to play big-time college basketball,″ said Haase, who will lead No. 1 Kansas against Indiana on Saturday at Kemper Arena.

``It’s a dream come true to be on the same court with Indiana. There’s an aura about Indiana. There’s an aura about Kansas _ an aura about all those teams who have won national championships and done great things.″

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