SBD/Issue 163/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Singh Will Rest During Colonial

NAMES: PGA Tour player VIJAY SINGH, who last week said he would not play with ANNIKA SORENSTAM if paired with her at the Bank of America Colonial, has withdrawn from the event. Singh: "It has nothing to do with the controversy. I've played in four straight tournaments, and I need a break." Singh yesterday won the EDS Byron Nelson (AP, 5/19).... Detroit News sportswriter JOE FALLS wrote his final column for the paper yesterday as he enters retirement (DETROIT NEWS, 5/18)....Red Sox CEO LARRY LUCCHINO received an honorary degree from SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY yesterday (BOSTON HERALD, 5/19).

ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported 49ers WR TERRELL OWENS was "excused from the 49ers second mini-camp this weekend so he could do a bit role in a movie entitled 'The Playmaker.' No, he's not the star of the film, which is being shot in New Orleans with two other NFL stars, (Ravens LB RAY LEWIS and Dolphins DE JASON TAYLOR)" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 5/18)....ABC last week passed on "HENCH AT HOME" the MICHAEL J. FOX-produced sitcom about a retired hockey star that was to co-star former Bruins player LYNDON BYERS (BOSTON HERALD, 5/19).

PASSINGS: Former L.A. Times sportswriter MAL FLORENCE passed away Friday after a long illness at the age of 77 (L.A. TIMES, 5/17). Former PGA President DON PADGETT also died Friday after battling cancer. Padgett, who was "instrumental in bringing championship golf back to Pinehurst's No. 2," was 78 (AP, 5/17). Former MLB Giants broadcaster BILL THOMPSON died Saturday after complications with surgery. He was 79 (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/19).

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