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          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,"
     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).

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