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Lucchino to receive Judge Emil Fuchs Award this evening in Boston
In Boston, Nick Cafardo notes Red Sox President & CEO LARRY LUCCHINO tonight will receive the Judge Emil Fuchs Award at the 72nd Boston Baseball Writers Association dinner at the Westin Copley Plaza Hotel. It is the "most prestigious award given by the Boston writers," and "goes to a person who has given long and meritorious service to baseball." Cafardo writes Lucchino was "smart enough to ramp up the rhetoric" on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry "and cast the Sox as underdogs." He also has been "at the forefront of expanding the Red Sox Nation brand." He has turned Fenway Park, "baseball's old lady," into an "attraction that still packs them in." Lucchino is "respected by many of the bigwigs in baseball," including MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG, "who has remained close to Lucchino through the years" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/20).

LOOKING BACK
: Hurricanes Owner PETER KARMANOS said he is "glad" he bought the franchise in '94. Karmanos: "Was it worth it from a self-satisfaction point of view? Yes. From a financial point of view? Hard to justify." Karmanos added he would advise prospective team owners to "make sure the league you're getting involved with has a good, solid" CBA. Karmanos said that a salary cap that "limits the payroll gap between the richest and poorest teams is a key to enabling all franchises to be competitive" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/20). 

SEEING GREEN: Bowling Green State Univ. yesterday announced that WILLIAM FRACK "has earmarked a gift valued at more than $10 million to the men's basketball program," marking the "largest single private gift in school history and the largest one-time gift ever designated to a Mid-American Conference men's basketball program." The gift "will be used to increase coaches' salaries and increase recruiting budgets as well as bring big-name programs into the Stroh Center, which will open next season." It also will be used to "enhance student support in academics and conditioning as well as better market the program" to students, alumni and northwest Ohio (TOLEDO BLADE, 1/20).

MAN ON A MISSION: In N.Y., Jonathan Abrams profiled Magic Dir of Multicultural Insights & Cause Marketing LUCAS BOYCE, "one of the NBA's youngest executives" at 31. Boyce "served in the White House during GEORGE W. BUSH's administration" before joining the team. He was "born prematurely to a woman who worked as a prostitute and who abused drugs and alcohol, which stunted his development." After graduating high school he "listed three goals: working for the White House, flying on Air Force One and working for an NBA team," and he "has accomplished all three." Boyce this month released his book, "LIVING PROOF: FROM FOSTER CARE TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE NBA," which "details his story and ascent" (NYTIMES.com, 1/19).

GOOD DEEDS: The NBA Tuesday "pledged to help raise worldwide awareness and money" for late NBAer MANUTE BOL's mission to "build schools across his native South Sudan," which is being carried out by nonprofit Sudan Sunrise. An NBA TV-produced video on the mission "will be uploaded on the NBA Cares web page with links sending viewers to the Sudan Sunrise site." The league will "publicize the school-building effort through social media and get current players to tweet the message to their millions of followers." The NBA also "has plans to help the Sunrise's fundraising efforts by donating items to be auctioned" (K.C. STAR, 1/20)....CBS' JIM NANTZ and The Methodist Hospital in Houston have created the Nantz National Alzheimer Center. Nantz' father, JIM NANTZ JR., died in '08 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's (CBS)....The Players Championship is "launching a ticket campaign in which high school and middle school athletic teams and youth sports organizations can sell tickets to the tournament at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course and keep a portion of the proceeds." The campaign, titled Chip in for Youth Sports, "allows teams and organizations to sell daily tickets for $40 and keep $25 for each ticket sold." The remaining $15 "will be donated to The First Tee" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 1/19).
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