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Brand Makes Rare Public Appearance To 
Accept Pathfinder Award In Indianapolis
NCAA President MYLES BRAND, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January, yesterday accepted an ’09 Pathfinder Award at a ceremony in Indianapolis. Brand received the award “mainly for his emphasis on academic reform in the NCAA.” Golfer JACK NICKLAUS and his wife, BARBARA, also received a Pathfinder Award, while WNBA Fever G TAMIKA CATCHINGS received the Rev. Charles Williams Award (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 6/29). Brand’s dark suit “made him look noticeably thinner,” but his acceptance speech “included the same strong, passionate tone he has so often used to persuade his critics in the past” (AP, 6/28).

WALK IN THE PARK: Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY on Saturday married LINDA PIZZUTI onboard Henry’s 164-foot-yacht, with a reception featuring band Maroon 5 held afterward in Fenway Park’s outfield. The guest list included MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG, Celtics CEO & Managing Partner WYC GROUSBECK and Managing Partner STEVE PAGLIUCA, Red Sox GM THEO EPSTEIN and filmmaker KEN BURNS (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/28). Others on the guest list included Red Sox President LARRY LUCCHINO, Dolphins CEO MIKE DEE and Roush Fenway Racing co-Owner JACK ROUSH (BOSTON HERALD, 6/28).

DRIVING FORCE: BEN KENNEDY, the son of ISC Vice Chair & President LESA FRANCE KENNEDY, has won three of the 13 Pro Truck races this season, and he is leading the points standings. But the ORLANDO SENTINEL’s Steven Cole Smith notes it has been a “tough couple of years for both” Lesa and Ben, as BILL FRANCE JR., Lesa’s father, died in June ’07 and a month later, DR. BRUCE KENNEDY, Lesa’s husband, was killed in a plane crash. Lesa, in a rare interview, said, “Ben and I are doing really well. First and foremost is that I know my dad would want us to go on, and my husband would, too. They were very different individuals, but they were both so full of life” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 6/29).

GIANT OF INDUSTRY: In California, Jim Welte profiles MLB Giants Senior VP & CFO JOHN YEE, and writes Yee’s 17-year tenure has “extended from the nervous early 1990s that saw the club exploring relocation, through the boon of the new ballpark and the [BARRYBONDS years to today’s economic downturn.” Giants President & COO LARRY BAER: “He’s kind of like our secret weapon” (Marin INDEPENDENT JOURNAL, 6/29).

Marbury Likely To Keep
NBPA Attorney As His Agent
NAMES: G STEPHON MARBURY "plans to stick with" NBPA Deputy Counsel HAL BIAGAS for representation when free agency begins next month. Biagas last year worked out a buyout with the Knicks on the final year of Marbury’s contract, and he said that he has "no problems with helping him again" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/28)….NASCAR driver JIMMIE JOHNSON was profiled in the N.Y. TIMES’ "A Night Out With" feature. Johnson and his wife, CHANDRA, have owned an apartment in N.Y.’s Chelsea neighborhood since ’03, and they “visit frequently, in part to savor the rare pleasure of walking around incognito” (N.Y. TIMES, 6/28)….Majestic Realty Chair & CEO ED ROSKI will be presented with the L.A. Sports & Entertainment Commission’s Community Sportsman of the Year award on July 13 (, 6/26)....U.S. runner GALEN RUPP has selected former U.S. Gold Medal-winning sprinter MICHAEL JOHNSON and his management company, Ultimate Performance, to represent him. Rupp "won six NCAA titles in his senior year at Oregon and made his third U.S. national team Thursday." Johnson reps four other athletes, including U.S. sprinter JEREMY WARINER (Portland OREGONIAN, 6/29)....Patriots QB TOM BRADY and wife GISELE BUNDCHEN reportedly are close to buying a mansion on Farm Pond in Framingham, Massachusetts, for around $8M. The property includes more than 10 acres of "heavily wooded land with frontage on Farm Pond" and features a "massive main house, pool and a large barn" (BOSTON HERALD, 6/29).

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