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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.