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In San Diego, Brent Schrotenboer reports the "complex divorce case that led to the sale of the Padres is finally over." Padres Chair JOHN MOORES and his wife, BECKY, "have submitted a signed settlement agreement to finalize the dissolution of their marriage." The terms of the settlement "were contained in a 'confidential envelope' and returned to their attorneys." Consequently, their public divorce trial scheduled for May 9 "has been canceled" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/26). Meanwhile, Fox NFL analyst TROY AIKMAN said that he is "splitting with RHONDA, his wife of 10 years" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 1/26).

BOSS TALK: NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL yesterday called Broncos fan JAMES OWEN, who writes a blog called The South Stands and had recently sent an e-mail to Goodell to "express his frustration about the lack of open discourse from the league and the NFL Players Association about the labor negotiations and the potential lockout." Goodell "responded to the issues Owen had raised" during a 15-minute conversation. NFL Senior VP/PR GREG AIELLO said Goodell returns e-mails and calls from fans "on a fairly regular basis" (, 1/25).

Newton nearing deal for IMG to handle all
marketing duties
: IMG is close to finalizing a deal to represent former Auburn QB and Heisman Trophy winner CAM NEWTON for marketing, sources said. If the deal is finalized, IMG agent CARLOS FLEMING, who is best known for representing tennis players VENUS WILLIAMS and JAMES BLAKE, will serve as Newton's primary agent. IMG Senior VP/Corporate Communications JIM GALLAGHER declined comment. IMG does not represent NFL players for contract work; Newton signed with agents BUS COOK, CHITTA MALLIK and TONY PAIGE for NFL contract work. Newton is projected to be selected in the first 10-15 picks of the first round (Liz Mullen, SportsBusiness Journal)....Octagon has signed Olympic figure skater RACHEL FLATT for full representation. The reigning U.S. National Champion will compete this week in the '11 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C. She will be represented primarily by Octagon VP/Olympics JANEY MILLER (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal).

AWARDS & HONORS: U.S. figure skater EVAN LYSACEK has been named the USOC's '10 Sportsman of the Year, and U.S. skier LINDSEY VONN has been named the '10 Sportswoman of the Year (, 1/25)....Dodgers broadcasters VIN SCULLY, RICK MONDAY and FERNANDO VALENZUELA each received awards at yesterday's Southern California Sports Broadcasters Luncheon. Scully was named the "best radio play-by-play announcer for the 13th time, while Monday was named best radio color commentator and Valenzuela was named best foreign language broadcaster, an award he also won in 2006" (, 1/25).

NAMES: Former Univ. of Kansas AD LEW PERKINS "has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine to settle state ethics charges arising from his acceptance of free exercise equipment from a university vendor." The Kansas Ethics Commission "accepted Perkins' offer at a meeting Tuesday and agreed to take no further action on the ethics charges facing Perkins" (, 1/25)....Fox NFL reporter PAM OLIVER is featured in the March issue of Runner's World as part of the magazine's "I'm A Runner" feature. Oliver ran the 400m and mile relay at Florida A&M Univ., and she had an Olympic qualifying time in the 400m in '84. But Oliver said, "I had no interest in training anymore. I was focused on getting a job and entering the real world." Oliver, 49, hopes to complete the Little Rock Half-Marathon before her 50th birthday (RUNNERS WORLD, 3/ '11 issue)....The Rays will donate a portion of the proceeds from their upcoming FanFest to the "families of slain St. Petersburg police officers THOMAS BAITINGER and JEFFREY YASLOWITZ." Donations are "required for some of the autograph sessions, and there will be a 'yard sale' of game-used and autographed memorabilia dating back to the 1998 inaugural season" (, 1/25)....Seahawks and Trail Blazers Owner PAUL ALLEN's Paul G. Allen Family Foundation yesterday announced $8.5M "in grants to nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest," as well as a "new initiative to strengthen public libraries" (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/26)....ART RONDEAU has filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court against Knicks Assistant to the President for Basketball Operations ALLAN HOUSTON, alleging that Houston "repeatedly has denied him 'the due credit and recognition for (the) highly successful peak performance coaching' he provided Houston with in 1999 and 2000, and blocked him from getting a job with the team's coaching staff." Rondeau is seeking more than $2.5M in damages from Houston and the Knicks (N.Y. POST, 1/26)....USTA Serves awarded 33 year-end grants totaling $420,650. The foundation awarded 59 program grants in '10, totaling $855,150 (USTA).
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