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JACK KELLY resigned as President of the Goodwill Games. Kelly says he plans on opening an event consulting business. Kelly served as President of the '90 US Olympic Festival and then to Turner Broadcasting to head the Goodwill Games. DAVID RAITH, VP of Sports For the Goodwill Games, will handle day-to-day operations until a successor is named (USA TODAY, 4/6)....DIKEMBE MUTOMBO is profiled in today's WASHINGTON POST Style section. Mutombo says he someday wants to be a U.N. Ambassador: "The first tall guy to sit on the (U.N.) Security Council" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/6).... ESPN profiled the Padres' new management. Padres CEO LARRY LUCCHINO: "We have even stuck 'new' on top of all our logos everywhere so people know this is a new chapter in Padres history. We are doing things, we hope, differently, more aggressively, certainly with a lot of enthusiasm, and these are the new Padres" ("SportsCenter," 4/5)....MICHAEL JORDAN was seen at New York's Bowery Bar at a table with among others, NBC's AHMAD RASHAD, HBO's RUSSELL SIMMONS and MTV's KENNEDY. Simmons says the conversation revolved around Phat Farm's Jolly Stomper lightweight boot, whose licensing rights Nike and Adidas are both "fighting over." Simmons: "It's like an Earth Shoe. ... Since Mike's the only guy I know at Nike, I was asking him what he thought" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/6)....HENRY AARON: "Baseball has not done as good a job marketing our players the ways basketball has and I think it is due to the fact that we are so angry at one another. ... Basketball does a fabulous job marketing Shaq O'Neal, and Michael Jordan. They make them feel like they are on a pedestal, and they should, because they are the ones selling the tickets ("Charlie Rose," PBS, 4/5).... ESPN's Linda Cohn reports MIKE PIAZZA will donate $100 for each home run he hits this season to the various unions that represent workers at Dodgers Stadium ("SportsCenter," 4/5). WACKY AUGUSTA HIJINKS: ESPN's DAN PATRICK caddied for PETER JACOBSEN during a practice round at The Masters. Patrick gave Jacobsen a driver on a Par 3. Jacobsen: "I know you hit your driver 110 yards, but I hit mine quite a bit further." Jacobsen: "Where's Olbermann?" Patrick: "Probably combing his hair" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 4/5).