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In New Orleans, John DeShazier reports Hornets Owner GEORGE SHINN yesterday underwent "successful surgery in the morning to remove his prostate after being diagnosed with cancer in November." Shinn, whose cancer was "diagnosed early, is set for a complete recovery after his operation" at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 1/14).

PAY YOUR DUES: In San Diego, Lori Weisberg reports Chargers Owner ALEX SPANOS' development company -- A.G. Spanos Cos. -- will spend more than $12M to "retrofit thousands of apartment units found to be out of compliance with fair housing laws." The settlement, reportedly the "largest disabled-access settlement in the housing industry," stemmed from a lawsuit by the National Fair Housing Alliance against A.G. Spanos (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/14).

RSL Officials Unable To Contact 
Alexandre Since Earthquake In Haiti
TRAGEDY IN HAITI: MLS Real Salt Lake officials "have not been able to contact" MF JEAN ALEXANDRE since Tuesday's earthquake in his native Haiti. But RSL GM GARTH LAGERWAY said he did not want to "raise any alarm bells" with that news (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/14). Meanwhile, the Yankees are donating $500,000 for relief efforts in Haiti (Yankees).

AIMING HIGH: Domino's Pizza Chair & CEO DAVID BRANDON said being named Univ. of Michigan AD "is a labor of love for me and something I'm passionate about,” but noted he is going to continue as the “non-executive Chairman of the board of Domino's and stay connected in that way." Brandon: "Every business I've ever been associated with has been No. 1 in its category, so you know what I'm trying to accomplish at the University at Michigan" ("Countdown to the Closing Bell," Fox Business, 1/13).

WELCOME TO THE HALL: Rangers President NOLAN RYAN today will be inducted into the Texas Cowboy HOF. Ryan has been "raising Beefmaster cattle since 1972," and started a foundation with his wife RUTH to "benefit students in ranch management programs" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/14)....NASCAR driver and team owner MICHAEL WALTRIP has been selected for the Kentucky Athletic HOF, to be inducted April 28 in Louisville (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 1/14).

NAMES: Former Ilitch Holdings Inc. President DENISE ILITCH reportedly is considering running for Governor of Michigan, though she "hasn't decided whether to jump in the race" (DETROIT NEWS, 1/14)....Former AFL Columbus Destroyers Owner JIM RENACCI has reached the second tier of the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns" recruitment program (CLEVELAND.com, 1/12)....Patriots Owner BOB KRAFT Tuesday attended the Kentucky-Florida men's college basketball game to "visit with his old friend," UK coach JOHN CALIPARI. Kraft met with the Kentucky team after the game (BOSTON HERALD, 1/14)....HIROSHI YAMAUCHI, leader of the Mariners' ownership group, ranks 7th on Forbes' list of Japan's richest people with an estimated net worth of $3.8B (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1/13)....Sonoma-Cutrer Wines on January 26 will host a wine tasting at the NYY Steak restaurant at Yankee Stadium. The event, which includes a cocktail hour and a five-course dinner, will be winemaker TERRY ADAMS' final tasting before retirement (MLB.com, 1/13)....FDA agents yesterday arrested Denver resident JASON ERIC KAY, who is "accused of relabeling Gatorade bottles" with an image of Tiger woods and his wife ELIN, alongside the word "Unfaithful." The FDA charged Kay with product tampering, and the charges together carry a maximum five-year prison term and $450,000 in fines (DENVER POST, 1/14).

IN MEMORY: Former WABC-AM sports talk show host ART RUST JR. died Tuesday at the age of 82. Rust -- remembered as a "pioneer not just for black broadcasters, but for all of sports talk radio" -- reached his "greatest mainstream prominence" when he started his "Sportstalk" show on WABC in the '80s (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/14).

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