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Published May 19, 1998
Univ. of TX golfer BRAD ELDER has announced his decision to turn pro, beginning his PGA Tour career by playing in the MasterCard Colonial this week. Elder will be represented by O. LYNN ROACH, JR. of VA-based Players Group Inc. (PGI).... ALONZO MOURNING was a guest on NBC's "Tonight Show" last night. NBC's Jay Leno: "Now you seem like a nice guy, we were talking backstage..." Mourning: "You too. You seem like a nice guy." Leno: "And I get booed almost as much as you do." Mourning, on Knicks coach JEFF VAN GUNDY grabbing his leg during his fight with LARRY JOHNSON during their playoff series: "I really didn't feel him. Have you ever had a piece of gum on your shoe?" ("Tonight Show," 5/18)....ABC TV is expected to reveal nine new shows, including "BROTHER'S KEEPER," a comedy about a English professor whose brother plays for the 49ers, and "SPORTS NIGHT," a comedy built around an "ESPN-like sports newsroom" starring ROBERT GUILLAUME (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/19)....REGGIE THEUS is "out" as the coach on NBC's "Hang Time." Theus will be replaced by DICK BUTKUS (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/19)....NBC's JAY LENO: "The Clippers have won the right for the first pick in the NBA draft. Talk about an incentive to stay in school" ("Tonight Show," 5/18)....THE FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL sponsored a luncheon in honor of REGGIE WHITE yesterday in Washington, DC, "saying no one else is standing up for his right to speak out against homosexuality." White, from the luncheon: "I'm tired of the devil pushing us around. God is trying to give people some guts to speak out on truth" (STAR TRIBUNE, 5/19).