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Published May 22, 1998
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).