NAMES IN THE NEWS
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).