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ANNIVERSARY AT DENNY’S - COURTESY OF THE BUZZ

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FOR ANYONE THINKING of getting into sportscasting for a living, it may be wise to check with Buzz voice Steve Klauke before applying for a job.

Klauke marked his 19th anniversary on Aug. 7 by calling the Buzz-Vancouver game. Although Kaluke had planned to take his wife out to dinner after the game to mark the occasion, the contest stretched into a 51/2-hour, 16-inning affair - the longest Buzz game in history.When Klauke finally arrived home, it was 1:30 a.m. So what did they do about their anniversary?

"We had a romantic breakfast at Denny's at 2 a.m.," said Klauke.

As they say in the beer commercials, it doesn't get any better than this.

NAME IDENTIFICATION: The Aug. 7 Sports Illustrated "Scorecard" section included an item on UCLA tailback Sharmon Shah, who had his name changed to Karim Abdul-Jabbar.

The article detailed how Shah, a devout follower of Islam, asked his spiratual leader for a Muslim name to mark his 21st birthday. The Iman then did nothing less than hand him the same name as one of the most famous athletes of all time.

What the article didn't say is that he is the younger brother of former University of Utah football star Sharrieff Shah, who lives and works in Salt Lake City.

Asked about his brother's new name, Shah replied, "I'm extremely happy for him. He's been a Muslim and this is just a deeper depth. It's a blessing. I'm proud of him."

HIGH NOTES: St. Louis Rams kicker Steve McLaughlin, a rookie from the University of Arizona, had no problem singing his school fight song during training camp this year.

The reason being, McLaughlin is the leader of an alternative rock band called Pet the Fish.

"It started off as just a hobby," McLaughlin told the A.P. "It surprised me how a lot of people took it more seriously than I did. I never let it get in the way off football."

McLaughlin's talent is good enough that his group has recorded a demo tape and he is expecting a compact disc to be released soon. He says the sound is similar to REM or U2 in their early stages.

Having a real, live rock-and-roll talent doesn't seem to bother coach Rich Brooks, either. "It's nice that he's got some other talents," said Brooks. "He's a pretty good golfer, too."

VERSATILITY: He was already the best receiver on the team when the coach asked him to try defensive back during a practice. Sure enough, he was the best defensive back, as well.

Southern Utah senior Kevin Cuthbertson will be playing on both offense and defense this year.

Cuthbertson, originally a walk-on, is the team's top returning receiver with 21 catches last year. He's also a first for veteran SUU coach Jack Bishop. "I haven't seen this in the 14 years I've been there," he said.

BRING US YOUR TIRED. . .: It seems Sixers' coach/G.M. John Lucas, who runs a substance abuse clinic in Houston, will take problem players a lot of others wouldn't think of considering.

He's already coached players such as Lloyd Daniels and Dale Ellis in San Antonio. Earlier this summer, Richard Dumas surfaced as a possibility to join the Sixers. Dumas' agent told reporters that Dumas - waived by Phoenix during the playoffs - only wanted to play in Philadelphia. Dumas has a long history of substance abuse problems.

The Sixers didn't confirm whether they're as interested in Dumas as he is in them.

But they did confirm to reporters their interest in troubled Minnesota guard Isaiah Rider. Before the NBA lockout was instituted, the Sixers talked with Rider.

"We're not going to leave any stones unturned in a desire to get much better," Lucas told the Philadelphia Daily News. "This wasn't about talent, it's about the young man. "My impression is he's a good kid needing some guidance."

Rider was conviced of fifth-degree assult and disorderly conduct for kicking a woman in the back at a mall near Minneapolis. Last season he served three one-game suspensions.

QUOTEFILE: First-year Aggie coach John L. Smith on joining a group of well-liked football coaches in Utah: "I guess they had to bring in a jerk to kind of balance things out."