NAMES IN THE NEWS
Published June 8, 1995
The Boston MLS franchise is trying to lure U.S. World Cup star ALEXI LALAS to play when competition begins in April '96 (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/8)....US Soccer Secretary General HANK STEINBRECHER flew to Spain yesterday to try and hire Brazil's World Cup-winning coach CARLOS ALBERTO PARREIRA to become the next U.S. national team coach (BOSTON HERALD, 6/8)....MAGIC JOHNSON was on "Dateline NBC" last night. Johnson: "It's not like I retired because I couldn't play anymore. It was just when I retired, I had this HIV virus and we didn't know what was going to happen. Now, if I knew what I know now, then, I would still be playing." Dateline's "Question of the Week": Should Magic play in '96. 56% said Yes, 28% said No, and 15% Not Sure (NBC, 6/7). ALL-SPORTS NIGHT ON "TONIGHT": JAY LENO's guests last night included cameos by BOB COSTAS and KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, and a visit by PGA Tour star PETER JACOBSEN. Costas appeared from the NBA Finals in Orlando. Costas on how "keyed up" the people in Orlando are for the Magic: "At Disney World this week, they put in a special ride exclusively for NBA players -- Madonna." Kareem was brought out on stage by JENNIFER ANISTON, star of "Friends." Kareem apparently had taught Aniston how to spin a ball on her finger (NBC, 6/7)....Bob Costas will interview JOE MONTANA on a special "Dateline" this Friday.