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Pistons Owner BILL DAVIDSON has endorsed presumptive Republican presidential candidate JOHN MCCAIN. Davidson: "Ordinarily, I wouldn't say because I'm not a Democrat or a Republican, but to me, it's pretty clear cut. ... I just don't think [presumptive Democratic candidate BARACK] OBAMA has the type of experience so far that is necessary" (AP, 7/2).

MEDIA FIX: Fox' TERRY BRADSHAW and Saints RB REGGIE BUSH have helped in the production of "WALKING ON DEAD FISH," a new documentary about the effect Hurricane Katrina had on Louisiana's East St. John High School. Bush, who donated $20,000 worth of football equipment to the school, and Bradshaw, who narrates the picture, both "helped finance the film." Meanwhile, Author JON KRAKAUER has withdrawn the manuscript he submitted to Doubleday for a book on late NFL Cardinals S and Army Ranger PAT TILLMAN. The book was scheduled for an October release (SI, 7/7 issue)....USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand writes ESPN's LINDA COHN's new book titled, "COHN-HEAD," is a "refreshing departure from the sugar-coated autobiographies." Cohn in the book "paints herself as plucky and, at times, something rhyming with witchy." Hiestand also writes, "Give her props for writing that 'why do I always have the feeling that when my looks finally go, then so will my career?'" (USA TODAY, 7/3).

Univ. of Tennessee Extends Pearl's
Contract Through 2014
NOT QUITE VOLUNTEERS: The Univ. of Tennessee has signed men's basketball coach BRUCE PEARL and football coach PHILLIP FULMER to contract extensions through 2014. Pearl, whose salary will average $2.3M per year over the whole deal, received a $300,000 raise to $1.6M for the '08-09 season, and his contract will increase to $2.5M by 2014. Pearl also received a bonus of $250,000 and a retention bonus of $1.5M. Fulmer, whose annual salary jumped to $2.99M, received a $350,000 raise to $2.4M for the '08 season, and his contract will jump to $3.3M by 2014 (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 7/3).

NAMES: The Patriots cheerleaders this week are in China as part of an initiative with BOCOG. Eight cheerleaders are hosting clinics for Chinese dance teams that will perform at this summer's Beijing Olympics, and the Patriots cheerleaders also are "participating in a number of community- and fan-related activities while in China" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/3)....Colts TE DALLAS CLARK Sunday signed autographs at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines, Iowa, "asking people to donate $20 to help" victims of the floods and tornadoes in Iowa. Clark raised more than $18,000 during his four-hour signing (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 7/1)....Cavaliers F LEBRON JAMES and English Premier League (EPL) club Manchester United F WAYNE ROONEY Saturday night hung out at the Blush nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 6/30)....Russian President DMITRY MEDVEDEV Thursday removed EPL club Chelsea Owner ROMAN ABRAMOVICH from his post as Gov. of Russia's Chukotka region (AFP, 7/3).

IN MEMORY: S.F. State Univ. history professor and baseball author JULES TYGIEL, who in '83 wrote "BASEBALL'S GREAT EXPERIMENT: JACKIE ROBINSON AND HIS LEGACY," died Tuesday after a "nearly three-year battle with cancer." Tygiel was 59 (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/3).

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