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Allen Honored With Merit Award At
Oregon Sports Awards Last Sunday
In Portland, Kerry Eggers wrote Seahawks and Trail Blazers Owner PAUL ALLEN, who was honored with a merit award at the Oregon Sports Awards last Sunday night, "hasn't been the perfect sports franchise owner, but he has been better than good." Allen in November was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He is a "private man" who does not "make a lot of public appearances, even in the best of health." Allen said while accepting his award, "The support of the Blazer community has been great for me. So many people have said positive things" (PORTLAND TRIBUNE, 2/4).

GROUP EFFORT: The NFLPA has joined the U.S. Justice Department's year-long campaign to commemorate the 15th anniversary of President BILL CLINTON signing the Violence Against Women Act into law. The NFLPA joins a group of more than 100 celebs, including 16 NFLers, actors, musicians and athletes who have lent their names to raise awareness. U.S. swimmer AMANDA BEARD, Yankees CF CURTIS GRANDERSON, Dodgers manager JOE TORRE, U.S. gymnast NASTIA LIUKIN and skateboarder TONY HAWK also are a part of the initiative (Justice Department).

PAY TO PLAY? Virginia-based advocacy group U.S. Term Limits President PHILIP BLUMEL Thursday criticized Majestic Realty Co. Chair & CEO ED ROSKI for recent campaign contributions. Blumel in a statement said Roski's $300,000 contribution in support of a term limits change in California is "payback to California lawmakers who created a special exemption so he could build" a football stadium near L.A. Blumel: "It stinks" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/5).

PIPE DOWN: Snowboarder SHAUN WHITE appeared on the syndicated "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday and talked about his crash on the halfpipe at the Winter X Games. White said of his run following the practice-round crash, "I'm at the top of the pipe and I have to do this trick in a little bit of time and I'm last to drop because I qualified first. I'm sitting there and they keep replaying and replaying, and I'm like, 'I hope I can do this.'" Host ELLEN DEGENERES: "That's not the thing you want to look at over and over when you try to visualize success." DeGeneres later presented White a helmet with a flag depicting DeGeneres' face, as well as a snowboard and jacket featuring her face and the caption, "laugh. dance. conquer." DeGeneres: "You think I'm kidding, but I'm not. I want to see this when I'm watching the Olympics" ("The Ellen DeGeneres Show," 2/4).

LEGAL MATTERS: An agreement filed last week in L.A. Superior Court shows that former Dodgers CEO JAMIE MCCOURT can get "at least $1.4[M] to cover her expenses until next month's hearing on spousal support" from Dodgers Owner FRANK MCCOURT. The $1.4M comes from the "liquidation of an investment account in the names of Frank and Jamie McCourt." The agreement also provides Jamie with "access to additional funds ... from the couple's joint investments" (, 2/4)....Ohio resident GUY WALKER has filed a civil lawsuit against 76ers G ALLEN IVERSON seeking $2.5M "plus damages stemming from an alleged incident at a Detroit nightspot last spring." Walker claims he "suffered severe pain, emotional distress and mental anguish" from injuries suffered during the altercation. Walker claims that ANTWUAN CLISEY was "working as a member of Iverson's security detail when Clisey initiated an unprovoked attack that cleared the bar, and Iverson, who was escorted away from the scene, did nothing to stop the altercation" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 2/4).

Brazil President Wears Izod IndySeries Helmet,
Pledges His Support For San Paulo Indy 300
NAMES: The Gotham Group and Allentown Productions have begun developing "31 TAILGATES," a film "based on the true story of brothers NATE and AARON THOMPSON who, along with friend NOLAN MEYERS, set out to fulfill a lifelong dream to visit all 31 NFL stadiums in one season as a tribute to their friend JOE LUSK, who was killed in Kuwait in 2005." The trio "will end their five-month stadium trek" at Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium (DAILY VARIETY, 2/5)....Brazil President LULA on Tuesday during a meeting with IRL drivers HELIO CASTRONEVES and TONY KANAAN wore a green and yellow Izod IndyCar Series helmet -- with in Portuguese "President Lula, driving Brazil" printed on the front -- and "pledged his support for the inaugural Sao Paulo Indy 300" (, 2/3)....Marlins President DAVID SAMSON will host SCOTT STAPP, the lead singer of rock band Creed, in the team's suite at Sun Life Stadium for Sunday's Super Bowl (, 2/4)....NASCAR driver JEFF GORDON and his wife, INGRID VANDEBOSCH, are "expecting their second child in August" (, 2/4).

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