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York Discusses 49ers
With Feinstein At Lunch

In S.F., Matier & Ross reported 49ers President & CEO JED YORK “got a bit of a surprise when he showed up for lunch at the Villa Taverna” with S.F. Mayor WILLIE BROWN. Brown “set him up, inviting York to lunch without telling him that” U.S. Sen. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-Calif.), “one of the biggest critics of the team’s plan move to Santa Clara, would be there as well.” Feinstein “went over why she thought it so important for the team to stay in the city -- and York just as patiently explained why Santa Clara was better suited to handle game day traffic and fans.” By the “end of the meeting, they’d agreed on three things: York would meet with outgoing Mayor GAVIN NEWSOM, none of them would say anything about their having met, and they’d keep talking about the team’s options should the Santa Clara plan falter” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/5).

CHARITY STRIPE: Sunday night’s episode of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” featured several Browns players assisting with the rebuilding of a house in Cleveland. Also, TRACY HUTSON, one of the show’s designers, visited the Cavaliers facility where Fs ANTAWN JAMISON and JAMARIO MOON, and Gs DANIEL GIBSON and MO WILLIAMS donated jerseys, basketballs and other team apparel and merchandise to decorate one of the children’s rooms. That room also featured a wide-screen TV that aired an ESPN “SportsCenter” clip with messages from ESPN’s NEIL EVERETT and STAN VERRETT and Cavaliers coach BYRON SCOTT (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” ABC, 12/5). 

NAMES: A consortium of 10 health agencies has launched a "campaign to encourage MLB to ban the use of smokeless tobacco in the next CBA." The group, led by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, sent letters to MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG and MLBPA Exec Dir MICHAEL WEINER two weeks ago (FANHOUSE.com, 12/3)....Versus is "seeking manly men to compete for a chance to cohost a new sports and comedy show" titled "BEER 30." A "Man-Thelon" competition featuring a "sports trivia challenge and a 3-minute stand-up comedy skit gets under way at 7 p.m. Monday at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill" in Boston. Three winners "will be chosen to travel to Dallas and compete against finalists from four other cities" (BOSTON HERALD, 12/7)....Padres investor RON FOWLER "is the anonymous donor who has pledged" $5M to San Diego State Univ.'s athletic department (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 12/7)....The Daily Tennis News named WTA Chair & CEO STACEY ALLASTER the '10 Tennis News Person of the Year (TENNISNEWS.com, 12/6)....MiLB President PAT O'CONNER yesterday at the MLB winter meetings presented FRANK BURKE, GEORGE MCGONAGLE and JACK ROEDER with presidential citations, issued to recognize exemplary service on behalf of MiLB. Burke serves as Double-A Southern League Chattanooga Lookouts President & GM and Southern League Board of Trustees rep; McGonagle has been connected with the Rookie-level Appalachian League Bluefield Blue Jays since '51 and served as President & GM from '95-'07; and Roeder recently retired after 20 seasons with the Single-A Midwest League Cedar Rapids Kernels (MiLB)....PBR President Ty Murray and his wife, singer Jewel, presented the award for "Single of the Year By A Male Artist" to singer Josh Turner at the American Country Awards. NASCAR drivers Michael Waltrip and Travis Pastrana presented the award for "Group of the Year" to Lady Antebellum ("American Country Awards," Fox, 12/6).

BEST WISHES: CFL Edmonton Eskimos President & CEO RICK LELACHEUR "has been diagnosed with prostate cancer," and the "good news is his doctor detected the cancer early." LeLaucher will "undergo surgery in mid-December and expects to return to work by the middle of January." LeLaucher said that he "found out about the cancer back in July" (CFL.ca, 12/4).

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