SBD/Issue 52/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is scheduled to include a “Road to Forty” float from the NFL. The list of sports celebrities in the parade includes former NFLers DESMOND HOWARD, FRANCO HARRIS, MARCUS ALLEN, OTTIS ANDERSON and ROGER CRAIG, former NFL coach BARRY SWITZER and former MLBers BOBBY MURCER and JOHNNY BENCH, along with former U.S. Olympic gymnast SHANNON MILLER (THE DAILY).

AWARDS SHOW: PGA Tour Commissioner TIM FINCHEM has been named the winner of the ’05 DICK SCHAAP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORTS AWARD by the CROHN’S AND COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA. Finchem will be honored at a December 1 awards dinner (ESPN.com, 11/21)....Minor League Baseball announced the following postseason awards: The JOHN H. JOHNSON PRESIDENT’S TROPHY, for the most complete franchise, to the Double-A Eastern League TRENTON THUNDER; the LARRY MACPHAIL TROPHY, for the top promotion effort, to the Single-A Florida State League BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES; The WARREN GILES AWARD, for outstanding league president, to Gulf Coast League President TOM SAFFELL; and the RAWLINGS WOMAN EXEC OF THE YEAR AWARD to Single-A Northwest League Salem-Keizer Volcanoes VP/Marketing LISA WALKER (Minor League Baseball).

HOT STUFF: The “Sexy at Every Age” section of PEOPLE’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue includes Cavaliers F LEBRON JAMES (age 20), golfer TIGER WOODS
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(29), Yankees SS DEREK JETER (31), tennis player ANDRE AGASSI (35) and Coyotes Managing General Partner and coach WAYNE GRETZKY (44). The magazine also tabs LANCE ARMSTRONG as “sexiest retiree” and tennis player ROGER FEDERER as sexiest from Switzerland (PEOPLE, 11/28 issue).

NAMES: Former soccer player GEORGE WEAH lost a runoff election for Liberian President to ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF, receiving 40.6% of the vote (CNN.com, 11/23)....IRL driver DANICA PATRICK was married Saturday in Scottsdale to PAUL HOSPENTHAL. Rahal Letterman Racing spokesperson BRENT MAURER said that Patrick asked the team “to release virtually no information,” and would confirm only that Patrick was married and that team Owner BOBBY RAHAL was in attendance (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/23).

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