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Published January 8, 1998
JON JENNINGS, former Celtics Player Personnel Dir, who now works in the White House, on PRESIDENT CLINTON's basketball skills. Jennings said Clinton "knows the game but has no game." As for VP AL GORE, Jennings said, "now he has game" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/8)....Federal investigators in LA "do not intend" to indict 49ers co-Owner EDWARD DEBARTOLO JR. on "gambling corruption charges until the end of this month or even later" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/8)...."ET" previewed the upcoming film "My Giant," staring BILLY CRYSTAL and GHEORGHE MURESAN. The film will be in theatres this spring ("ET," 1/7)....MICHAEL ANDRETTI married the former LESLIE WOOD on December 24 in Nazareth, PA (Newman Haas)....MAGIC JOHNSON "is close" to signing with the William Morris Agency (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/8)....PAT RILEY and the Heat are profiled in GQ by Peter Richmond. Riley discusses his departure from the Knicks: "I did not, contrary to what [MSG President DAVE] CHECKETTS said, turn my back on the New York Knicks fans. I turned my back on him. Period. One person." Checketts responds: "Given a chance to come clean, why doesn't he just stand up and take a stance?" (GQ, 1/98 issue)....TIGER WOODS looks to defend his title at the Mercedes Championships in La Costa, CA, starting today. In L.A., Thomas Bonk reports that last month IMG invited 12 print reporters to spend a day with Woods at the Bay Hill Club near Orlando, FL, "at their own expense, to get to know Woods a little better. No one turned down the offer" (L.A. TIMES, 1/8)...."Saturday Night Live's" NORM MACDONALD will host the '98 ESPY Awards on February 9 (ESPN). In N.Y., Richard Johnson writes in his "Page Six" gossip column that MacDonald "has been booted" from the "Weekend Update" segment on "SNL," and that "one of the last straws for NBC brass may have been" his decision to host the ESPYs. He will remain as an "SNL" cast member (N.Y. POST, 1/8).