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Texas A&M Univ. named ADRIEN BOUCHET Exec Dir of the school’s Center for Sport Research & Education. Previously, Bouchet was ISP Sports Associate GM, SFX Sports/Clear Channel Entertainment Senior Dir and had management roles with the Dolphins and Marlins (Texas A&M)....The AVP named BETTY STEWARD Dir of Communications (THE DAILY)....Blue Jays Dir of Player Personnel TONY LACAVA, Dir of Player Development DICK SCOTT, Dir of Scouting JON LALONDE, Special Assistant to the GM SAL BUTERA and Manager of Minor League Operations CHARLIE WILSON have all been given three-year contract extensions (Blue Jays)....Special Ops Media, a full-service interactive advertising agency, named LISA BRONSON Senior Interactive Media Dir. Most recently, Bronson was Associate Media Dir at Avenue A Razorfish (Special Ops Media)....The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority named LAFE NICHOLS Chief Racing Veterinarian, replacing acting chief NANCY DAVIS, who retired (COURIER-JOURNAL.com, 4/16).
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SONNY SIDE UP: Former Nike, adidas and Reebok grassroots basketball exec SONNY VACCARO is working as a “full-time public speaker and author.” Vaccaro: “I want to speak (about) things I’ve been speaking for and against for 40 years. I want to do it this time without a connection to the umbilical cord of a corporate entity.” But he said, “I’m not going to tell who (cheats in college recruiting). That wouldn’t be my place” (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 4/17).
SKILL SET: ATPer ROGER FEDERER is on the cover of the May/June issue of Men’s Vogue. He appears in a 12-page spread that includes a photo shoot in Dubai by ANNIE LEIBOVITZ and a story that looks at his “life and likes (think cars, international cuisine and video games) well beyond the tennis court.” Federer’s friend and fellow Nike endorser TIGER WOODS appeared in last spring’s issue. Men’s Vogue Editor JAY FIELDEN: “I try to find a range of personalities to put on the cover that don’t simply lock us into Hollywood celebrities” (USA TODAY, 4/17).
AWARDS & RECOGNITION: Int’l Fight League co-Founder & CEO GAREB SHAMUS was selected as one of BrandWeek’s ten “Marketers of the Next Generation” (THE DAILY)....The Memphis Commercial Appeal’s GEOFF CALKINS won the Society of Professional Journalists ’06 Sigma Delta Chi award as the nation’s best sports columnist (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 4/15)....The National Jewish HOF will induct HOWARD COSELL and ESPN’s BONNIE BERNSTEIN. Cosell was not inducted when he was alive “because of reports that later in his life, he did not consider himself Jewish.” But HOF Dir DAVE FREEDMAN said that the board changed its view after reading DAVID KINDRED’s “SOUND AND FURY: TWO POWERFUL LIVES, ONE FATEFUL FRIENDSHIP,” which “clearly showed he considered himself a Jew until he passed away” (N.Y. POST, 4/17).
NAMES: Padres P CHRIS YOUNG had his law firm negotiate his recent $14.5M extension rather than pay an agent up to 5% commission. Young “estimated that the legal fees will be less than 2[%] of the contract’s guaranteed value” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 4/17)....MICHAEL and JUANITA JORDAN top FORBES’ list of the ten most expensive celebrity divorces with a $150M pending settlement (FORBES.com, 4/12)....Ravens OT ORLANDO BROWN plans to open ten Fatburger stores in the DC area over the next six years (WASHINGTON TIMES, 4/16).
RUNNER’S WORLD: Runner UTA PIPPIG is working with the NOVA/Tufts Marathon Team on “MARATHON,” a documentary that follows a group of first-time marathoners slated to air this fall on PBS (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/17)....Patriots LB TEDY BRUSCHI’s Boston Marathon Train To End Stroke Team raised $200,000 for the American Stroke Association “more than double their take last year” (BOSTON HERALD, 4/17).
IN MEMORY: JOSEPH “JOIE” RAY, the first black person licensed by the American Automobile Association and the first black driver to compete in sanctioned open-wheel races, died last Friday at the age of 83 (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 4/17).