It sounds tougher than GilliganAustin Park, a 5-foot-8...

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September 10, 1990

It sounds tougher than Gilligan

Austin Park, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound senior walk-on place-kicker and wide receiver at University of Southern California, emigrated with his family six years ago from South Korea to Glendale, Calif.

He got his first exposure to American sport and culture on a U.S. military television channel in Seoul.

Park became a U.S. citizen last year and officially changed his name from Tang-Chi to Austin.

How did he choose his new name? Said Park: "You know that 'Six Million Dollar Man' Steve Austin? I watched that show and was really into it. 'Austin' sounded pretty cool, so I just picked that one."

Philling Hayes' tank

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Von Hayes has no desire to renegotiate his $10.7-million, five-year contract despite his teammates' rising salaries.

"The way I look at it, I'm set for life unless gasoline goes to $15 a gallon. And if that happens, we're all in trouble."

The quote

Chicago Cubs reliever Dave Pavlas on Saturday after getting his first major-league victory: "Next to being born, this is the greatest feeling."

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