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A "large delegation of baseball and business executives" from the Dodgers attended Thursday's public memorial service for CHRISTINA TAYLOR GREEN, the daughter of Dodgers Scout JOHN GREEN who was killed in last Saturday's shooting in Tucson. Dodgers Owner FRANK MCCOURT and Assistant GM KIM NG were in attendance, as were Astros GM ED WADE, Yankees GM BRIAN CASHMAN and Baseball HOFer RYNE SANDBERG. Green was the granddaughter of former Phillies manager DALLAS GREEN, and several Phillies officials were in attendance, including Chair BILL GILES, President & CEO DAVID MONTGOMERY, GM RUBEN AMARO JR. and former GM PAT GILLICK (MLB.com, 1/13).

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Stamford (Conn.) Mayor MIKE PAVIA Thursday appointed ESPN MLB analyst BOBBY VALENTINE Dir of Public Health & Safety for the city. However, "some have questioned whether he has the experience necessary to oversee several of the city's largest departments." Stamford Police Sgt. JOE KENNEDY: "I guess this is going to be a ceremonial position" (STAMFORD ADVOCATE, 1/14). Valentine "will begin immediately in his new role and will earn $10,000 annually, a salary that he said he plans to give back to the community" (STAMFORDADVOCATE.com, 1/13).

GIVING BACK: Free agent P PEDRO MARTINEZ Monday at the Ambassador Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, will be joined by Red Sox DH DAVID ORTIZ and Red Sox officials for the launch of the Pedro Martinez Youth Academy & Baseball Park. The project "will be built on land acquired in and around the former site of the very modest house he grew up" in in the village of Manoguayabo in the hills outside Santo Domingo (BOSTON HERALD, 1/14).

BOOKSHELF: SI.com's Stu Hackel noted the Canucks and Sabres are "celebrating their 40th anniversaries this season with two excellent books that commemorate their colorful histories." "CANUCKS AT FORTY," by GREG DOUGLAS and GRANT KERR, which features essays by seven other writers, "reviews the team's story not by telling it chronologically like a standard history, but largely through fine photography and short biographical sketches of the legendary figures who have been associated with the franchise." Meanwhile, "SABRES AT FORTY" is "not the product of a commercial publisher, but the companion book to an exhibit of team photographs at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo that had a very successful run" beginning in November and ending on Jan. 9. The book is "far more photo-oriented than the Canucks book," and there are "many excellent images of the Sabres throughout their four decades" (SI.com, 1/13).

NAMES: Former Univ. of Kansas Dir of Ticket Operations KASSIE LIEBSCH "admitted Thursday that she was part of a scheme to reap millions of dollars from stolen sports tickets at the school." Liebsch served in her position until Nov. 18, when federal prosecutors "announced that she and four of her former co-workers were indicted on a single count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud." In pleading guilty, Liebsch "admitted that she received about $100,000 in proceeds" (K.C. STAR, 1/14)....BRENT MUSBURGERBOB UECKER and BOB RYAN will be inducted into the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association HOF during its awards weekend May 14-16 in Salisbury, N.C. The organization also has selected PETER KING as the '10 national sportswriter of the year (THE DAILY)....About 6,400 Saints Super Bowl XLIV license tags had been sold as of Tuesday since they became available Dec. 1 (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 1/14)....ESPN analyst MERRIL HOGE Thursday presented Stowe Township, Pa., with a $10,000 donation from Procter & Gamble on behalf of the NFL Play 60 program (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 1/14)....Padres Vice Chair & CEO JEFF MOORAD and his wife, JAN, have officially listed their eight-bed, nine-bath vacation home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., for $17.9M. The home "had been quietly marketed" for $28M in fall '09 (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/14)....NASCAR HOFer JUNIOR JOHNSON will be at the opening of the "White Liquor and Dirt Tracks: Legacy of Teamwork" exhibit at the Mount Airy (N.C.) Museum of Regional History on Jan. 22. The exhibit runs through July (THATSRACIN.com, 1/11).

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