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AEG's Tim Leiweke Receives City Of Hope
'09 Spirit Of Life Award
AEG President & CEO TIM LEIWEKE received the City of Hope '09 Spirit of Life Award Wednesday night at a benefit that raised $9M for the cancer research center outside L.A. (BILLBOARD.biz, 1/14). In L.A., Cara Mia DiMassa notes the event was a "gala for the 54-story Ritz-Carlton hotel-condo tower that is the centerpiece of L.A. Live and opens for business next month." KB Homes Founder ELI BROAD and WMG Chair & CEO CASEY WASSERMAN were among those in attendance (L.A. TIMES, 1/15).

A PLACE TO CALL HOME: In San Antonio, Vianna Davila reports the City South Management Authority "approved a zoning change at its board meeting Thursday that greenlights construction of a residential treatment center for abused boys," which would be owned by Rams CB RONALD BARTELL. Bartell said that the planned 6,700-square-foot center "will be designed for boys with emotional problems who've come from abusive homes and are wards of the state" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 1/15).

WHAT TO WATCH: Golfers NATALIE GULBIS, ROCCO MEDIATE, DUFFY WALDORF and CBS' DAVID FEHERTY and GARY MCCORD will make cameo appearances on CBS' "CSI" on January 21. The episode, titled "Long Ball," is about investigators "trying to untangle a golf murder mystery" (GOLFWEEK, 1/15 issue)....New Line Cinema and ESPN will produce the sports biopic "MULKEY," which is set to be directed by MIKE TOLLIN. The project "follows the story of firefighter LOUIS MULKEY, who was an assistant high school basketball coach in South Carolina before he and eight others perished in a 2007 fire at a Charleston furniture store." CHRISTOPHER WILKINSON and STEPHEN RIVELE, who wrote "ALI," are "penning the script" (DAILY VARIETY, 1/15).

HONORS & RECOGNITION: The Portland Oregonian's RACHEL BACHMAN has been named Oregon sportswriter of the year for '09 by the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association. It is the first time that a woman has won the award in its 50-year history (OREGONLIVE.com, 1/14)....Fox NFL analyst TROY AIKMAN will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports HOF as part of its '10 class on August 3 (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 1/15).

NAMES: A celebration of Angels play-by-play announcer RORY MARKAS's life was held Thursday at Angel Stadium's Diamond Club (L.A. TIMES, 1/15)....The Univ. of Florida license plate was the top seller among specialty plates in the state in '09. The UF plate "ended the year with 120,858 total plates sold, up more than 7,000 from 2008." The Florida State Univ. plate ranked No. 3, "up two spots from 2008," while the Buccaneers plate ranked No. 9 (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 1/11)....Mets P JOHN MAINE, 1B DAN MURPHY and mascot Mr. Met Thursday appeared on ABC's "GMA" to donate winter coats for needy families ("GMA," ABC, 1/14)....U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. DAVID PETRAEUS will be the grand marshal for the March 28 IRL Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (INDYCAR.com, 1/14)....The Nike School Innovation Fund Wednesday announced that it awarded $1.1M in grants to public schools in Oregon (BEAVERTON VALLEY TIMES, 1/15).

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