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Published September 2, 2009
MASTER AND COMMANDER: HOOPSWORLD.com's Steve Kyler ranked the Top 55 most influential people in basketball, topped by NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN, who has "shaped what was a fledgling sports league in 1984 into what is today the third-most popular sports league" in the U.S. ESPN/ABC Sports President GEORGE BODENHEIMER ranks second on the list, followed by Cavaliers F LEBRON JAMES, NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO ADAM SILVER and NCAA President MYLES BRAND (HOOPSWORLD.com, 8/28).
HONOR ROLL: Titans Owner and AFL co-Founder BUD ADAMS will be part of a 10-member class inducted into the Texas Sports HOF in February at Baylor Univ.'s Ferrell Center (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/2)....The Sporting Goods Industry HOF in a May ceremony will induct former T.W. Promotions President BILL FARRELL, The Forzani Group Founder & Chair JOHN FORZANI and Schutt Sports' JULIE and KEN NIMMONS (National Sporting Goods Association).
SWINGING FOR THE FENCES: Last night's edition of ABC's "Shaq Vs." featured Cavaliers C SHAQUILLE O’NEAL competing with MLB Cardinals 1B ALBERT PUJOLS in a Home Run Derby at T.R. Hughes Stadium in O'Fallon, Missouri. Former MLBer JOHN MABRY gave O'Neal some hitting lessons, after which O'Neal said, "Baseball ain't no joke. Now I see why you guys get paid the big bucks. Now I understand RODRIGUEZ, JETER, Pujols." Pujols beat O'Neal 16-10, even though O'Neal was hitting to a shorter fence ("Shaq Vs.," ABC, 9/1).
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