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HOOPS, the Bullets mascot, will begin a 300-mile walk today from Landover, MD to Secaucus, NJ for the May 21 NBA draft lottery (WASHINGTON POST, 5/11)....VLADE DIVAC appeared on last night's "Tonight Show." Divac, on trash talking: "First couple of years, I talked Yugoslavian, now, I use English." Divac said after he was approached about doing a Taco Bell commercial, he read the contract, and then asked, "What is taco?" (NBC, 5/11). ...GRANT HILL is writing a book tentatively titled "Change the Game" to be published by Warner Books (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 5/11)....49ers President CARMEN POLICY will address the annual convention of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association May 18 in Scottsdale, AZ (Silverman, Warren/Kremer)....The CHICAGO SUN-TIMES is reporting that Farragut High's KEVIN GARNETT, USA TODAY's High School Player of the Year, will forego his college career and apply for the NBA Draft (CHICAGO SUN- TIMES, 5/11)....VENUS WILLIAMS has requested and received wild card entries to three WTA Tour events in August and October. She will play at the Acura Classic in Manhattan Beach, CA, the du Maurier Ltd. Open in Toronto and the Best of the West Classic in Oakland (WTA Tour)....USA Baseball Deputy Dir WANDA RUTLEDGE will be the featured speaker at the Women's Sports Foundation Annual Summit in Dallas, May 19-21 (USA Baseball)....The Women's Sports Foundation announced the winners of the '95 Miller Lite Women's Sports Journalism Awards: TOBY SMITH of the Albuquerque Journal, ELAINE LOUIE of the New York Times, JACK MCCALLUM of Sports Illustrated, The Women's Sports Hour on Prime Sports Radio, LINDA COHN and KELLY NEAL of ESPN, and MARK STEINES at KCAL-L.A. (Women's Sports Foundation).
CAL RIPKEN, JR., was profiled on last night's "PrimeTime Live." Reporter CHRIS WALLACE followed Ripken through the winter and spring to the start of the season. Ripken, on the streak: "I'm afraid that if I start to think about it too much, I'll change my approach and become obsessed with this thing. ... So I fight it, I fight listening to it, I fight talking about it, I fight thinking about it." ESPN's PETER GAMMONS, on Ripken: "He's the most professional athlete in America." PrimeTime's Sam Donaldson: "Go get'em Cal!" (ABC, 5/10).