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Published March 27, 1998
Actor KEN HOWARD, star of "The White Shadow" basketball series on CBS in the late '70s, will play the head of a sports agency in the LUKE PERRY pilot, "The Game," to air on ABC (DAILY VARIETY, 3/27)....JOE MONTANA and RONNIE LOTT are Exec Producers of "Adventures with Kanga Roddy," an educational children's offered for syndication this year (N.Y. POST, 3/27)....CHRISTIA ALOU, the daughter of Expos manager FELIPE ALOU and sister of Astros OF MOISES ALOU, is looking to become a certified player agent. But the MLPBA cites a previous ruling that says such a certification could create a conflict of interest. Christia has asked that the policy be reversed. A decision could come within a month (BASEBALL WEEKLY, 3/25 issue)...SAMMY SOSA purchased 320 tickets for Miami school children for Tuesday's Cubs-Marlins Opening Day at Pro Player Park. Sosa had promised to buy the tickets for the kids during his "Sammy Claus" seven-city holiday tour last December (THE DAILY)....Raptors G DOUG CHRISTIE has hired DWIGHT MANLEY as his new agent (TORONTO SUN, 3/26)....MUHAMMAD ALI was on Capitol Hill to "fight for more research money for Parkinson's Disease." Dr. ABRAHAM LIEBERMAN, Ali's doctor and head of the Nat'l Parkinson Foundation: "He's not bitter, and he's not angry that he has Parkinson's Disease. It is, he feels, something that God gave him" (CNBC, 3/26)....On CBS's "Late Show," stage manager BIFF HENDERSON filed a report from the Yankees' spring training camp. Yankees players BERNIE WILLIAMS, DAVID CONE, DAVID WELLS, DARRYL STRAWBERRY, JORGE POSADA and JOE GIRARDI appeared in the piece (CBS, 3/26).