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Names In The News

Evans (l) Proposes $6M Donation To
UGA Academics Over Three Year Period
In Atlanta, Chip Towers reports Univ. of Georgia (UGA) AD DAMON EVANS yesterday at the winter meeting of the Georgia Athletic Association (GAA) BOD "proposed a donation of $2[M] per year over the next three years" for UGA academics. The BOD "gave Evans' motion unanimous approval and a round of applause." Towers writes the pledge "could not have come at a better time for UGA President MICHAEL ADAMS, who is fighting budget shortfalls and trying not to cut jobs." The GAA "expects to bank $4[M] this year" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/5).

NEW VENTURE: "CORALINE," an animated film from Nike Chair PHIL KNIGHT's Laika studio, will premiere tonight in Portland. Knight: "Even if nobody goes to see it, we're going to make another couple of movies at least." Laika "envisions a new campus on 30 acres" in Tualatin, Oregon, employing "well over 1,000 Oregonians and turning out a film every year" (Portland OREGONIAN, 2/5).

HELPING HAND: In DC, Michael Lee profiles ADRIANE MAYES, the cousin of Raptors F CHRIS BOSH, under the subhead, "NBA Star's Cousin Helps With Player's Foundation, His Everyday Life." Mayes was officially hired as Chris Bosh Foundation Business Coordinator, but she also serves as Bosh's "personal problem solver" and keeps "his life manageable." Lee notes it "helps that Bosh has an unpretentious, laid-back demeanor," and Mayes said that the two "have never had an argument." Mayes: "Our personalities kind of clicked because we're both nerds" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/5).

Harbaugh's Three-Year Contract Extension
With Stanford On Hold Due To Recession
DELAY OF GAME: Stanford Univ. football coach JIM HARBAUGH's three-year contract extension is "on hold because of the crippling economy." Harbaugh: "I just don't think it's appropriate with what's going on with the economy, the pressure that's on our athletic department; now is just not the time to be talking about personal finances." The Stanford athletic department "expects to lose $5[M] in revenue over the next three years and is considering reducing staff" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/5).

NAMES: Fox NFL analyst TROY AIKMAN last month purchased a 42,000-square-foot property in Highland Park, Texas. The property is appraised at $7.3M (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/5)....According to a court filing released yesterday, Baseball HOFer SANDY KOUFAX was among the clients who lost money investing with BERNIE MADOFF (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/5)....The Ft. Worth Star Telegram’s TOBIAS XAVIER LOPEZ has been elected President of the North American Soccer Reporters (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 2/5)....Lakers F PAU GASOL and G JORDAN FARMAR will appear in the March 13 episode of CBS' "Numb3rs" (EW.com, 2/3).

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