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Published February 11, 2009
|Margarito's (r) License Revoked For Illegal Use
Of Wrapped Hands During Fight With Mosley (l)
CHARITY CHANGE: In Houston, Fran Blinebury notes Rockets C YAO MING's Yao Ming Foundation "is no longer one of the official beneficiaries of" next Wednesday's Clutch City Foundation Tux & Tennies Charity Gala. The change "was made to take the Yao Ming Foundation out of the loop, staying within newly enforced NBA guidelines set to prevent salary-cap circumvention." Proceeds from the event "will go to the BUSH-CLINTON Coastal Recovery Fund" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/11).
BOOK SHELF: Former Lawrence Eagle-Tribune reporter SHAWN BOBURG and Univ. of Massachusetts-Boston professor JEAN RHODES have co-authored, "BECOMING MANNY: INSIDE THE LIFE OF BASEBALL'S MOST ENIGMATIC SLUGGER." The book is due in bookstores next month (BOSTON HERALD, 2/11).....Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia's autobiography, "BORN TO PLAY: MY LIFE IN THE GAME," will hit bookstores "just in time for the All-Star game" in July (BOSTON HERALD, 2/11).
SEARCH IS ON: In Atlanta, Chip Towers reports the Univ. of Georgia (UGA) has hired Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search President DAN PARKER "to conduct its search for a new men's basketball coach." UGA AD DAMON EVANS confirmed yesterday that he has retained the services of Parker's firm "to identify and make initial contacts with potential candidates to replace" fired coach DENNIS FELTON. Evans, "responding to a Georgia Open Records request filed by" the Atlanta Constitution, said that UGA "will pay the search firm a retaining fee of $75,000, plus various expenses associated with the search." A final contract "has not been completed and signed" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/11).
Johnny Kerr Awarded Basketball HOF Lifetime
Achievement Award At Pistons-Bulls Game
NAMES: Former MLB Rangers President TOM SCHIEFFER said that he is considering running as a Democratic candidate for Texas Gov. (DALLASNEWS.com, 2/10)….Celtics Dir of Special Projects JOJO WHITE is opening a nightclub in Boston, “JoJo’s,” that will “cater to athletes who want to unwind out of view of the public.” The club is expected to open in April. Meanwhile, Patriots OT MATT LIGHT sat with NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN at last night’s Sharks-Bruins game at the TD Banknorth Garden (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/11).