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Published January 7, 1998
EAGLESON PLEADS: ALAN EAGLESON, founder and former Dir of the NHLPA, "pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud for his role in elaborate, illegal schemes that bilked huge sums of money from the players he had pledged to serve." The plea arrangement calls for Eagleson to be imprisoned for 18 months in Canada, and for him to pay back C$1M to the players he stole from. Much of that money will be held in trust to benefit past and present NHL players (Zachary Dowdy, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/7). ESPN's Bob Ley reported that Eagleson, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame will be asked "to resign from the Hall, and that would be a first for the Hall of Fame of any major sport" ("SportsCenter," 1/6). OTHER NAMES: Twentieth Century Fox Film Division Chair TOM SHERAK, on HOWIE LONG, who stars in "Firestorm," which opens Friday: "Hollywood has a need for the next big action star. Howie brings to the party likability, [plus] he's big, strapping and good looking" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/7). ...Cowboys FB DARYL JOHNSTON, on Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES: "He gives us every opportunity to be successful, [but] one of the things I think he has to be careful about with what he's doing right now, is scaring a coach away because of the involvement that he wants to have with the football team" ("Up Close," ESPN, 1/6)....BOBBY KNIGHT, on DENNIS RODMAN: "I have great admiration for what Rodman has done in a capitalistic society. ... In the process, I think Rodman, if he's as intelligent as people have told me he is, would be genuinely upset with himself at the influence, negatively, that he's probably had on a lot of kids" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 1/6)....Devils LW REID SIMPSON and D SHELDON SOURAY, along with Islanders D BRYAN BERARD and D BRYAN MCCABE, are featured in this month's issue of GQ in a hair styling piece titled "No Helmet Required" (GQ, 1/98 issue)....The RED WINGS will visit the White House on January 30 where they will be honored for winning last year's Stanley Cup (DETROIT NEWS, 1/7)....BILL LAIMBEER, "touted by Michigan Republicans as a possible candidate for Congress," said that he "has no interest in politics" (DETROIT NEWS, 1/7).