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Published March 31, 1998
Among DAVID LETTERMAN's "Top Ten Signs You Won't Be College Basketball Player Of The Year": 10) You've made more turnovers than Betty Crocker; 9) You keep asking the coach what inning it is; 6) The referee calls you for "just plain sucking;" 5) Though the coach discourages it, you show up every game dressed as an astronaut; 4) Your strategy: Take a shot, do a shot; 3) After every game, you receive a "Thank You" note from the other team; 1) Frequently called for hand-checking yourself ("Late Show," CBS, 3/30).....PAUL ALLEN donated $800,000 to the Clark County, OR, YMCA (YMCA). ...CAMMI GRANATO will be a presenter at Nickelodeon's 11th annual Kids' Choice Awards, Saturday at 8:00pm ET (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/31)...The WASHINGTON POST's Kevin Merida continues his season-long profile of Raptors rookie TRACY MCGRADY, today focusing on McGrady's earned income. Money from his endorsement deal with adidas "is funneled" through his CA-based agent ARN TELLEM, who then sends it to GA-based CSI Capital Management. CSI puts McGrady's money in an investment account at Charles Schwab & Co. That's where McGrady's paychecks from the Raptors are deposited as well. A separate firm pays his bills (WASHINGTON POST, 3/31). ....Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER, as quoted on CBS on Sunday: "There is no owner in sports -- be it football, baseball, basketball, or hockey -- that is going to sit and tell me he's not in it for the ego" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/31).