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Crippen Appealed To USA Swimming Just Prior To His Death For Better Funding, Protection

Late U.S. swimmer FRAN CRIPPEN, who died during an open-water race in the United Arab Emirates in October, sent an e-mail to USA Swimming Exec Dir CHUCK WIELGUS nine days before he died "complaining about a lack of financial support and the failure to send coaches to 'protect the athletes' at meets around the world." Crippen's e-mail "refers to a plan being pushed by former national team coach MARK SCHUBERT that called for increased compensation and making sure someone was on hand to support and watch out for the athletes at major events." Schubert yesterday confirmed that he "decided in early September to appoint national youth coach JACK ROACH, a former Marine and beach lifeguard, as the head open-water coach." Under Schubert's plan, Roach "would have been at the race near Dubai in which Crippen lost his life." But Schubert said that he "never got a chance to put his plan into effect," as he was "placed on leave in mid-September and formally fired last month" (AP, 12/7).

CUT OFF: N.J. state regulators "have barred two Bergen County money managers from the New Jersey securities industry for their handling of investments" for former MLBers CLIFF FLOYD and RONDELL WHITE. The state Bureau of Securities "revoked registrations" of STEVEN KOLINSKY and STEPHEN HILL, and also fined Hill $210,000. The move stems from "investments that are also at the heart of federal securities fraud lawsuits filed this year by" Floyd and White, who were clients of Kolinsky Hill Financial Group Inc. (Bergen RECORD, 12/8).

HEADING TO COOPERSTOWN: The Baseball Writers' Association of America has selected Philadelphia Daily News columnist BILL CONLIN as the '11 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which is given annually to a sportswriter for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing." Conlin will be honored with the award during Baseball HOF induction ceremonies on July 24 in Cooperstown (, 12/7). Meanwhile, Marlins and Expos play-by-play announcer DAVE VAN HORNE has won the HOF's Ford Frick Award "for excellence in baseball broadcasting." He also will be honored on July 24 (AP, 12/8).

MORE AWARDS & HONORS: The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded FS Florida an Emmy Award for its series, "INSIDE THE MARLINS: JACK MCKEON," which offers an "inside look" at the former Marlins manager (, 12/7)....The St. Louis Sports HOF presented an award to Rawlings Sporting Goods at the '10 Enshrinement Ceremony that took place Nov. 16. The award, accepted by Rawlings President & GM ROBERT PARISH, recognized the company's contributions to the city's sports scene (Rawlings)....NBC golf analyst JOHNNY MILLER will serve as Honorary Chair of the '12 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, which will be conducted July 9-14 at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah (USGA).

NAMES: Under Armour Exec VP J. SCOTT PLANK, the brother of Under Armour Chair & CEO KEVIN PLANK, "will sell 400,000 Class A shares in a pre-arranged trading plan." J. Scott Plank "entered into the agreement Nov. 30, but the company disclosed it in a regulatory filing this week" (Baltimore SUN, 12/8)....Pershing Square Capital Management CEO BILL ACKMAN "plans to battle John and Patrick McEnroe in a game of doubles." When the bidding for an hour of tennis with the McEnroes "reached $50,000 at the New York Junior Tennis League's 40th Anniversary Civic Leadership Luncheon the other day, Ackman volunteered that he and rival hedge funder CRAIG EFFRON, both avid players, join forces and take the brothers on for a combined donation of $100,000" (N.Y. POST, 12/8)....Former tennis player MARTINA NAVRATILOVA is "leading a group of 27 fundraisers to the summit of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a charity helping the lives [of] over one million disadvantaged youngsters worldwide through sports-based projects" (, 12/6).

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