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MLS Crew Owner Clark Hunt (l) Presents
Obama With Autographed Ball, Jersey
PRESIDENT OBAMA yesterday welcomed the MLS Crew to the White House to celebrate their '08 MLS Cup Championship. Crew Owner CLARK HUNT presented Obama with an autographed soccer ball and a yellow jersey with "Obama" and No. 44 on the back. Obama said, "It's clear that soccer in America is on the rise -- and that MLS is a big part of that" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 7/14).

SUMMER LOVIN': In Virginia, Dave Fairbank wrote NFLPA Dir of Communications CARL FRANCIS' Peninsula All-Star Football Camp is a "staple of the local summer camp circuit" in the state, and it "appears to have a home" at Christopher Newport Univ., where it has been located for the past eight years. The camp is a "centerpiece of the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation" (Hampton Roads DAILY PRESS, 7/12).

GOOD NIGHT & GOOD LUCK: In S.F., Henry Schulman profiles former MLB Giants Enterprises President PAT GALLAGHER under the subhead, "Giants' Longtime Marketing Master Exits Stage Left." Gallagher, who left the team on June 30, has worked with the Giants for 33 years and was the "force behind the giant Coke bottle and McCovey Cove" at AT&T Park, as well as baseball's "most memorable and fanciful promotions" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/14).

Riley Says He Knows Fans Wonder What
Makes Him Qualified To Steer Warriors
CALIFORNIA LOVE: In Oakland, Marcus Thompson II profiles new Warriors GM LARRY RILEY, who "knows people call him the puppet" of coach DON NELSON and "knows fans wonder what makes him qualified to steer the Warriors." Nelson said, "He's got all the ingredients of a good human being. He works hard. He's great at communicating. Honest. Loyal. The whole package" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/13)....In Oakland, Gary Peterson ranked the Bay Area's "all-time top" sports execs, and lists former 49ers Owner EDDIE DEBARTOLO as No. 1. Raiders Owner AL DAVIS ranks No. 4 on the list, followed by San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises at No. 10, current 49ers Owners JOHN YORK and DENISE DEBARTOLO YORK at No. 15, A's Owners LEW WOLFF and JOHN FISHER at No. 17 and Warriors Owner CHRIS COHAN at No. 18 (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/12).

NAMES: The Univ. of Akron has hired recruiting firm Eastman & Beaudine to "help find a replacement" for former AD MACK RHOADES, who resigned in June to join the Univ. of Houston as AD. Akron also announced the "members of an 18-person search committee" that includes eight Akron employees, one student-athlete and nine other people "with connections to the university" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 7/14)....Steelers QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER will make an $8,000 donation to the Jeannette (PA) Police Department through his foundation, which "gives money to police and fire departments" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 7/14)....Former tennis player ANDRE AGASSI Sunday participated in the Kennedy Funding Invitational, a tennis event at Dellwood Country Club in New York that "raised $500,000 for the breast-care centers at Englewood and Nyack hospitals." Agassi played ATP World Tour BOD member JUSTIN GIMELSTOB in a charity exhibition match, "spoke at a sponsors luncheon and hit around with high-end donors for an hour" (Westchester JOURNAL NEWS, 7/13)....NHL Deputy Commissioner BILL DALY and USA Hockey President RON DEGREGORIO were in attendance at the AHL BOG meeting in Hilton Head (DAILYGAZETTE.com, 7/13)....IndyCar driver DANICA PATRICK yesterday toured Stewart-Haas Racing's shop in Concord, North Carolina, and was introduced to NASCAR driver RYAN NEWMAN and Stewart-Haas Dir of Competition BOBBY HUTCHENS (FOXSPORTS.com, 7/13).

IN MEMORY: Former Pac-10 Commissioner WILES HALLOCK died yesterday at the age of 91. Hallock oversaw the league's expansion from eight to 10 teams during his tenure from '71-83, and also served as WAC Commissioner and in positions with the NCAA, the Univ. of California and the Univ. of Wyoming (AP, 7/13)....Former Single-A South Atlantic League President JOHN HENRY MOSS died earlier this month at the age of 90. Moss, who spent "half a century in the low minor leagues," believed that Minor League Baseball was a "way to bolster communities" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/14).

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