MORE STARS COME OUT: The WNBA All-Star Game just became more star-studded.
Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain and other members of the U.S. Women's World Cup soccer team will attend the sold-out WNBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night.
Whitney Houston will sing the national anthem and model Tyra Banks will perform at halftime with 100 New York City youth dancers.
Director Spike Lee, a regular at Knicks games, actress Tracy Ullman and singer Liza Minelli also are expected to join the 19,563 fans at the inaugural all-star game.
Liberty F Rebecca Lobo, who was voted to the all-star team despite a season-ending knee injury in the first game, will cheer on her Eastern Conference teammates from the sidelines.
"I think I may have gotten a few sympathy votes," said Lobo, who signed autographs during all-star festivities yesterday. "My mom may have realized you can vote more than once."
Rookie Chamique Holdsclaw of the Mystics will start for the Eastern Conference, along with teammate Nikki McCray and the Liberty's Teresa Weatherspoon and Kym Hampton. Lobo's replacement in the starting lineup has not been announced.
"It's the first time in my life I can cheer for Chamique," said Lobo, whose team has lost twice to the Mystics this season.
The Comets' Sheryl Swoopes, the fan favorite with 84,632 votes, will start for the Western Conference. She'll join second-place vote-getter Cynthia Cooper (80,806) and Tina Thompson of the Comets, Lisa Leslie of the Sparks and Michele Timms of the Mercury.
MAGGETTE SIGNS: The Magic signed first-round draft pick Corey Maggette to the three-year, $3.71 million contract prescribed by the NBA's collective bargaining agreement. Maggette, 19, was selected by the SuperSonics with the 13th overall pick, then was traded to the Magic along with Fs Dale Ellis, Don MacLean and Billy Owens. In exchange, Seattle received F Horace Grant and two future second-round draft picks.