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A new Page in Minnesota history...Sampson gets work...Rocket reaches into his pocket

By Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Alan Page, 47, the primary for a seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court. Page, who played for the Vikings from 1967 to '78 and the Bears from '78 to '81 and has been an assistant state attorney general in Minnesota since '85, got 58% of the vole in a three-man race. He will face the primary's second-place finisher in the Nov. 3 election. If he wins, he'll be the first black to hold an elected state office in Minnesota and the first on the state's supreme court.

In the want ads, by former NBA All-Star center Ralph Sampson, 32, a job as part-time assistant basketball coach at James Madison University. Sampson, who will get $500,000 a year for the next decade from the Sacramento Kings, will earn $16,000 a year working with Lefty Driesell.

By Mississippi State football coach Jackie Sherrill, never again to have a bull castrated in front of his players for motivational purposes, as he did before the Bulldogs' Sept. 5 defeat of the Texas Longhorns. "I don't think the calf was embarrassed," Sherrill said after the operation. But Mississippi State president Donald Zacharias was, and he met with Sherrill last week to explain that he considered the action "inappropriate and contrary to the educational ideals" of the university. Afterward Sherrill, seemingly only semichagrined, said, "Even though I was not involved in the procedure that took place, I take responsibility."

An Oct. 19 exhibition game in Miami between the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat to raise money for the We Will Rebuild coalition in South Florida. The teams hope to raise $500,000 and will set aside 750 seats for school kids from areas hit hardest by Hurricane Andrew.

Kicked In
By Toronto Argonaut kick returner Raghib (Rocket) Ismail, $8,200 to the Ontario Special Olympics fund, as penance for booting Calgary Stampeder fullback Andy McVey's head twice (he also tried to jump on it) during a melee in the Calgary-Toronto game on Sept. 13. Ismail, who will make at least $3.25 million this year, chose to be charitable rather than pay an $820 fine and endure a one-game suspension.

By Paramount, Magic Johnson's Time Out: The Truth about HIV, AIDS and You, a video featuring 42 minutes of lively, informative discussions and skits about AIDS by celebrities—including Johnson, Arsenio Hall, Color Me Badd, Kirstie Alley and Malcolm-Jamal Warner—as well as high schoolers and young adults, some of whom are HIV-positive. Aimed at a teenage and young-adult audience, the tape sells for about $10 and can be borrowed free from many stores. Some retailers, though, have been reluctant to stock Time Out because of the subject matter. And a review committee for the Los Angeles unified school district has advised against system-wide distribution of the tape because of its length and some frank descriptions of sexual behavior. L.A. teachers are, however, permitted to show the video with consent from parents and school principals.



Page now hopes to take a loftier seat.