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           MARTINA HINGIS is the "towering female tennis player
     of the present day, the only woman on the tour who really
     matters," according to Alan Richman, who profiles Hingis in
     a GQ cover story.  Richman: "With Hingis time passes not
     just painlessly but pleasurably.  Considering her one-
     dimensional past, it's hard to imagine how she turned out so
     well" (GQ, 6/98 issue)....RICHARD WILLIAMS, the father of
     VENUS and SERENA WILLIAMS, is profiled by Douglas Looney in
     today's CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR.  Looney, who calls
     Richard's approach with his daughters "unconventional":
     "[I]n a world in which there is near unanimous agreement
     that 14 is way too young for a little girl to become a
     touring professional, this most protective of all the
     parents abruptly decided that would be the proper next step"
     (CSM, 5/22)....NBA Coach of the Year LARRY BIRD "declined to
     confirm" that he would return next year to coach the Pacers
     again.  Bird: "We'll see" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/22).
     ...Former Jets head coach RICH KOTITE will play a coach in a
     film starring KELSEY GRAMMER.  The film is "Jersey
     Turnpikers" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/22)....A grand jury will not
     indict either Wizards F JUWAN HOWARD or Kings F CHRIS WEBBER
     for an alleged sexual assault (WASHINGTON POST, 5/22).

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