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Names In The News

Pagliuca Attending Beijing Games With Family
Celtics Managing Partner STEVE PAGLIUCA, along with his wife, Judy, and their four kids and a family friend are in Beijing for the Olympics. They have been to two men’s and women’s basketball games each, tennis, ping pong, synchronized diving and beach volleyball (, 8/13).

OFF COURSE: The GLOBE & MAIL’s Lorne Rubenstein reports ANNIKA SORENSTAM’s planned golf course near Rossland, B.C., is “going through some complicated times.” About 900 residents in the area, out of a total of 3,500, “have signed two petitions against the course because some of the holes would be in or near the Topping Creek watershed, which is the main source of water for Rossland.” The protest, along with a “much-changed real estate environment, has put the course on hold” (GLOBE & MAIL, 8/13).

TOM TALK: ESQUIRE magazine’s Tom Chiarella profiles Patriots QB Tom Brady in a September cover story, and asks, “Why aren’t you the face of the game? … Why aren’t you Jordan?” Brady: “I play a complicated position in an intensely team-oriented game.” Brady added, “Look at the attention I get: It’s because I throw a football. But that’s what society values. That’s not what God values.” Meanwhile, before agreeing to the interview, Brady’s agent, Steve Dubin, said Brady’s girlfriend, Gisele Bundchen, and his son “will not appear in the story. If you ask about his son, they’ll stop the car and drop you on the [expletive] 405" (ESQUIRE, 9/ ’08 issue).

NAMES: Former WTA player TRACY AUSTIN and her husband, SCOTT HOLT, filed a civil lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court that alleged that investment broker Gary Fournier “charged excessive commissions on bond trades and ‘churned’ their accounts to generate fees from unnecessary transactions.” The couple “claims damages ‘in excess of $500,000 on the trades, which allegedly occurred” from ’94-’02, while Fournier worked for Salomon Smith Barney in L.A. (L.A. TIMES, 8/13)....Giants WR PLAXICO BURRESS in his new book, “Giant: The Road To The Super Bowl,” writes that he and Univ. of Alabama football coach NICK SABAN “never got along” when Burress played for Saban at Michigan State. Burress in the book claims that Saban “prevented him from leaving the team to visit a close friend who had broken his neck, and regularly prohibited him from speaking to reporters” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 8/11)….Sony Pictures Television Int’l has picked up the Asian rights to “Slam,” a “coming-of-age” basketball story set in Beijing that has received “modest theatrical releases in China and Singapore” (DAILY VARIETY, 8/13)….Chargers LB Shawne Merriman appeared on last night's episode of ABC’s "Wanna Bet?" Merriman finished in first place, earning a total of $79,997 for the Alpha Project, an organization that supports the homeless of San Diego ("Wanna Bet?," ABC, 8/12)....The Univ. of Georgia Athletics Association BOD last week voted unanimously to double the budget by nearly $1M for the garden plaza that will surround a 14-foot bronze statue of former football coach and AD VINCE DOOLEY near the school’s training facility (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/12)….Bills TE KEVIN EVERETT served as grand marshal of last Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen Int’l (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 8/10).

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