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Wade Tops Sun-Sentinel's List Of
South Florida's "Most Powerful Sports People"

The South Florida SUN-SENTINEL ranked Heat G DWYANE WADE No. 1 on its list of South Florida's "most powerful sports people." The SUN-SENTINEL's Dave Hyde wrote of the impending free agent, "No player, coach, general manager or team owner has the ability over the next year to save or sink a South Florida franchise quite like Wade." Dolphins Exec VP/Football Operations BILL PARCELLS ranked No. 2, Marlins Owner JEFFREY LORIA ranked No. 3, and Dolphins coach TONY SPARANO and QB CHAD HENNE ranked tied for fourth (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 5/23). Meanwhile, the SUN-SENTINEL's Sarah Talalay noted Wade "took the witness stand late Friday afternoon in the first of several cases that take aim at business decisions he's made." Wade in the case, which is currently in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, is "accused of failing to meet his marketing obligations to a chain of shuttered D. Wade's Grill restaurants." Wade additionally is being sued for "walking away from a Miami charter school also named for him" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 5/22).

DOUBLE DUTY: USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale writes RYAN BRAUN is a "business entrepreneur by the day" and a left fielder for the Brewers "by night." Braun has a restaurant in Milwaukee and "another scheduled to open in June in Lake Geneva, Wis." He is an "investor in a T-shirt line, Remetee, and its website features celebs as varied as American Idol sensation ADAM LAMBERT, rapper RICK ROSS and myriad athletic figures sporting the brand." Braun also endorses Muscle Milk and AirTran and "says he hopes to soon launch his own energy drink." Nightengale writes Braun "epitomizes a new breed of young players: brash, full of confidence and unafraid to celebrate conquests" (USA TODAY, 5/24).

KINGS COACH ARRESTED: NHL Kings assistant coach MARK HARDY "was arrested early Friday and charged with felony fourth-degree sexual abuse after a complaint by a family member at a hotel" in DC. Hardy was "taken into custody and appeared before a judge" Friday afternoon in DC Superior Court, and he is "due to appear in court again June 4." A Kings spokesperson "declined to say whether Hardy remains on the payroll or has been suspended or placed on leave" (L.A. TIMES, 5/22).

STILL A MAVERICK: In Minneapolis, Curt Brown noted independent league St. Paul Saints and Single-A South Atlantic League Charleston River Dogs President MIKE VEECK was "once considered the loose cannon of baseball promotions, a third-generation huckster who flamed out with four Major League teams." Veeck, who "regularly shuttles between" Charleston and St. Paul, is "entering his 18th season serving up minor league yucks for a reasonable price" at the age of 59. Brown wrote with a pig "named 'Brat Favre' delivering balls to umpires this season, and a Revolutionary War promotion set for June 11 before the U.S.-England World Cup soccer game, the Saints are as zany as ever" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/23).

Andre Johnson Has Hired Houston-Based
Agent Kennard McGuire To Represent Him

NAMES: Former WWE CEO LINDA MCMAHON "capped an improbable entry into politics" Friday by winning Connecticut's Republican Party endorsement for the U.S. Senate. McMahon "edged" former U.S. Rep. ROB SIMMONS (STAMFORD ADVOCATE, 5/22)....Texans WR ANDRE JOHNSON has hired Houston-based agent KENNARD MCGUIRE to represent him. Johnson "had been advised by his uncle, ANDRE MELTON, in his first two negotiations with the Texans" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/22)....Chicago Mayor RICHARD DALEY sat with White Sox and Bulls Chair JERRY REINSDORF at Friday’s Sharks-Blackhawks Game Three at United Center. Cubs GM JIM HENDRY and Bulls GM GAR FORMAN also were in attendance (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/23)….Celtics CEO & Managing Partner WYC GROUSBECK spoke at Saturday’s commencement for Suffolk Univ.’s Sawyer Business School, urging graduates to “remember that the people who’ve had a major impact on their lives did so out of love, passion and caring” (BOSTON HERALD, 5/23).... Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT will introduce ROGER GOODELL prior to the NFL Commissioner’s commencement address next weekend at UMass-Lowell (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/23)....Mets Senior Dir of Season Tickets & Group Sales TOM FERSCH is “fighting a hard, brave battle against cancer” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/23).

IN MEMORY: Houston real estate developer WAYNE DUDDLESTEN, who “led the investment partnership that brought the Rockets to Houston,” died Thursday at the age of 80 after a “nearly five-year battle with multiple cancers” (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/24).

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