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Published March 18, 1998
Rockets F CLYDE DREXLER "today will be named the new men's head basketball coach" at the Univ. of Houston, according to Jerry Wizig of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Drexler, who plans on retiring at the conclusion of this season, has been offered a multi-year deal worth an "estimated" $300,000 annually (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/18)....Former White House intern MONICA LEWINSKY sat three rows behind the Wizards bench last night for their game versus the Nuggets. In DC, Ric Bucher writes that Wizards players were "poking each other and craning their necks to get a peek" at Lewinsky (WASHINGTON POST, 3/18)....Yankees Assistant GM KIM NG is profiled by Elizabeth Cohen in today's N.Y. POST. Cohen, on Ng being the team's first female in a top management position: "At a time when women have made incredible headway in other sports ... baseball lags behind the pack" (N.Y. POST, 3/18)....GQ tabs MUHAMMAD ALI as the "Athlete of the Century" on its April cover, and devotes much of the issue to Ali ("Today," NBC, 3/18)....SPIKE LEE's ad agency, Spike DDB, is profiled by Stuart Elliott in the N.Y. TIMES. Lee said he "chafes at the agency's being classified as a specialist in 'urban marketing.'" Lee: "[W]e don't want to limit ourselves to urban marketing, because, let's be honest, a lot of times urban marketing is a code word for African-American, black, when the demographics you can successfully reach go beyond that" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/18).... Lawyer A.J. FAIGIN's trial against former Bills QB JIM KELLY got underway Tuesday in NH. Faigin is charging Kelly with libel after Kelly wrote in his book that Faigin "mishandled his money." Faigin said that he has lost "more than" $1M in business because of the book (AP/DETROIT NEWS, 3/18). AGENT ORANGE: Cuban sports agent JOE CUBAS was profiled in the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. Cubas has brought "about 20" Cubans to the U.S. to play MLB, including Marlins World Series MVP LIVAN HERNANDEZ. Cubas, on his relationship with his clients: "I think the key to being a good agent is being a good human being. It's not what you can do for them as an agent. When you make a list of what I am to them, agent is at the bottom of the list" (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/17)....MLB agent SCOTT BORAS does "The One-Minute Interview" with Laura Washington in the April edition of MONEY. Boras, on his "cardinal rule for negotiating retail purchases": "Determine what the seller is willing to sell for without ever advising them what you're willing to buy for" (MONEY, 4/98 issue).