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Names In The News

In N.Y., Hank Gola notes rumors were "flying that TIGER WOODS would join PRESIDENT OBAMA for a round of golf on Martha's Vineyard where the first family is vacationing this week," but Woods "shot those down" yesterday. Woods: "Evidently people know more about my life than I do. I haven't even been informed yet" (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 8/24).

BOOK SHELF: ANDRE AGASSI's autobiography will be published November 9 by Alfred A. Knopf. People magazine and SI have purchased first serial rights to the book (Random House)....New Chapter Press (NCP) will publish Int'l Tennis HOFer Rod Laver's memoir, "THE EDUCATION OF A TENNIS PLAYER," in recognition of the 40th anniversary of his winning all four Grand Slams in '69. The book is written with tennis broadcaster BUD COLLINS (NCP).

Lowell, Pedroia, Beckett, Papelbon Model
New Shirts On Behalf of Labels Are For Jars
CHARITY STRIPE: Colts QB PEYTON MANNING's PeyBack Foundation yesterday at the Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis hosted its annual bowling tournament, which "raised money for leadership and growth programs for disadvantaged youth." Pro Football HOFer JIM KELLY was awarded with the foundation's PeyBack Award at the event, and Colts President BILL POLIAN and Indiana Gov. MITCH DANIELS were among those in attendance (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 8/25)....NASCAR driver JIMMIE JOHNSON and his wife, CHANDRA, yesterday announced that their foundation will "donate $150,000 through the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program to schools and parent-teacher groups" in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Mooresville, Cabarrus County and Iredell-Statesville school systems in North Carolina (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/25)....Red Sox 3B MIKE LOWELL, 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA and Ps JOSH BECKETT and JONATHAN PAPELBON yesterday at Fenway Park modeled their "new 'Hit for Hunger' shirts on behalf of Labels Are for Jars, which raises money for the Cor Unum Meal Center" in Lawrence, Massachusetts (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/25).

Dick Ebersol Attends Unveiling Of
Ebersol Suite At Boston's Liberty Hotel
NAMES: The Miami bid committee for the '18 FIFA World Cup met yesterday to “officially start getting the word out across South Florida” in the event the U.S. is named host of the tournament. Dolphins CEO MIKE DEE and investor EMILIO ESTEFAN, USL Miami FC President AARON DAVIDSON and Miami-Dade Sports Commission Exec Dir MIKE SOPHIA were among those in attendance (MIAMI HERALD, 8/25)....Federal prosecutors have charged financial advisor MARY WONG with stealing $3M from eight clients. Chiefs LB DEMORRIO WILLIAMS, Bears S JOSH BULLOCKS and Lions S DANIEL BULLOCKS were partners with Wong in Williams & Bullocks, which prosecutors claim “benefited from the Ponzi scheme” (AP, 8/24)….The Sports Philanthropy Project and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have recognized Bengals coach MARVIN LEWIS with the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy (Bengals)….NBC Sports & Olympics Chair DICK EBERSOL this weekend attended the unveiling of the Ebersol Suite at Boston’s Liberty Hotel. The suite is named after Ebersol’s late son TEDDY, who was a Red Sox fan, and the room is decorated with Red Sox memorabilia (THE DAILY)....WNBA Chicago Sky Owner MICHAEL ALTER is part of a group of investors that has bought a minority stake in The New Republic magazine (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/25)….Tennis players CAROLINE WOZNIACKI and FLAVIA PENNETTA yesterday played a match at Yale Bowl, marking the "world’s largest tennis court" to host a match (NBCCONNECTICUT.com, 8/24)….SCOOPING THE NEWS last week ranked ESPN’s BILL SIMMONS as the ninth most influential journalist on Twitter (SCOOPINGTHENEWS.com, 8/21)….ATPer ANDY MURRAY appeared on the fourth hour of NBC's "Today" this morning, where he gave a few lessons to NBC's HODA KOTB and TAMRON HALL ("Today," NBC, 8/25)....Boxer JOE CALZAGHE has agreed to be a contestant on BBC1’s “Strictly Come Dancing” series (Manchester GUARDIAN, 8/25).

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