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Dave Bing Running For Mayor Of Detroit In
Special Election On May 5
Basketball HOFer DAVE BING is running as a Democrat candidate for mayor of Detroit in a special election on May 5 against incumbent Mayor KENNETH COCKREL. Bing said, "Our city is in a crisis. We lack leadership. We're fighting against each other. You have the city versus the suburbs. Black against white. We’re a mess right now. I feel with my people skills, with the contacts that I’ve made over the 42 years both in the city and outside, I think I bring a knowledge base and connectivity to try and right our ship here" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/5).

TEAM TACKLE: In S.F., Andrew Ross reported Switzerland-based Capital Dynamics has agreed to acquire HRJ Capital from Pro Football HOFer RONNIE LOTT and former NFLer HARRIS BARTON, and "pay off at least part" of HRJ's $68.9M debt owed to a Silicon Valley Bank. Lott and Barton "reportedly will work with their new masters," who have an office in S.F. (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/3).

A LEAGUE OF HER OWN: The N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE's Michael Sokolove profiles WPS L.A. Sol and Brazil national team F MARTA under the subhead, "Can Brazil's Marta, The Best Female Soccer Player In The World, Get The New Women's Soccer League Off The Ground?" Marta's agent, FABIANO FARAH, wanted Marta on the Sol, owned in part by AEG, so Marta could play in a "big consumer market." While Marta's compensation has not been confirmed, she reportedly signed a three-year, $1.5M deal (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 4/5 issue).

HONORS & AWARDS: Pittsburgh-based Dapper Dan Charities awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Steelers defensive coordinator DICK LEBEAU and its Sportsman of the Year award to Steelers coach MIKE TOMLIN (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 4/3)....The U.S. Basketball Writers Association Friday gave its Good Guy Award to Michigan State Univ. men's basketball coach TOM IZZO. The award recognizes Izzo's "work with the news media to promote college basketball," and ESPN's ANDY KATZ specifically cited Izzo's "honesty and willingness to return reporters' phone calls" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 4/4).

NAMES: A's Owner LEW WOLFF has developed a $30M Hyatt Place hotel in Mesa, Arizona, set to open April 14 (EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE, 4/4)....Former NBAer PAUL DAVIS was featured Thursday night on Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker," where he was paired with a "bubbly blonde former cheerleader" (, 4/3)....Sharks President & CEO Greg Jamison Thursday night was inducted into the Business HOF for Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay, and during his acceptance speech, Jamison told the audience that the Sharks were beating the Oilers 2-1. Sharks GM DOUG WILSON also attended (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/4)....Knicks President of Basketball Operations DONNIE WALSH for most home games at MSG this season has sat courtside with his brother, JIMMY, a retired stockbroker (N.Y. POST, 4/5)....NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN was spotted "enjoying a tuna on whole wheat toast at Evergreen Diner on 47th Street across from the NHL offices" (N.Y. POST, 4/5)....Former Bruins President & GM HARRY SINDEN has partnered with Sports Management Worldwide, to teach an eight-week online "Hockey GM and Scouting" course at (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/5)....Vice President JOE BIDEN will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to today's Yankees-Orioles game at Camden Yards (Orioles).

BEST WISHES: Former Jets radio announcer MERLE HARMON is in a Texas hospital with pneumonia (N.Y. POST, 4/6).

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