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Margarito's (r) License Revoked For Illegal Use
Of Wrapped Hands During Fight With Mosley (l)
In L.A., Robert Morales reports boxer ANTONIO MARGARITO yesterday had his California boxing license "revoked for a minimum of one year because he was caught with illegally wrapped hands before his ninth round" TKO loss against Shane Mosley in their January 24 fight. Margarito trainer JAVIER CAPETILLO "also had his license revoked for no less than one year" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 2/11).

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
HONORS & AWARDS: NFL GM Advisory Committee co-Chair and former NFL Giants GM ERNIE ACCORSI will receive the Touchdown Club of New Orleans PETE ROZELLE Award. Accorsi "will be the 20th recipient of the award named for" Rozelle, the former NFL Commissioner (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 2/11)....Bulls announcer JOHNNY KERR during halftime of yesterday's Pistons-Bulls game was awarded with the JOHN W. BUNN Lifetime Achievement Award from the Basketball HOF, an honor "previously bestowed upon such luminaries as JOHN WOODEN, HANK IBA and RED AUERBACH" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/11). The award is "the highest award the Hall can bestow short of enshrinement" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/11).

NAMES: Former MLB Rangers President TOM SCHIEFFER said that he is considering running as a Democratic candidate for Texas Gov. (, 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).

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