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Berding resigning City Council seat in order to focus on Bengals job
In Cincinnati, Howard Wilkerson reports Cincinnati City Council member JEFF BERDING "will resign his seat within the next few weeks," as he said that he "needs to concentrate more of his time on his job" as Bengals Dir of Sales & Public Affairs. Berding said that he was "not forced to choose between" the two roles. He noted Bengals Owner MIKE BROWN "is not making me do this," and said the Bengals "have been extraordinarily generous to me." But he added the Bengals "have had significant losses in areas where I am responsible" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/28).

INSPIRED BY SAMSON:'s Joe Frisaro profiled Marlins VP & GM MICHAEL HILL, who was "one of several members of the organization to run the New York City Marathon this past November." Hill accomplished his "personal goal of eclipsing the four-hour, 30-minute mark." Frisaro noted Marlins President DAVID SAMSON a few years ago "achieved Ironman status after he finished the world-famous Ford Ironman World Championship," and Hill said, "Seeing what David Samson went through, with his training, his preparation, it was an inspiration for a lot of people in the office." N.Y. was Hill's "third marathon," as he "previously ran in Miami and Boston" (, 1/26).

RECOVERING WELL:'s Bob Pockrass noted Roush Fenway Racing co-Owner JACK ROUSH "lost the vision in his left eye in a July 27 plane crash," and he "had a prosthetic eye put in around Thanksgiving." Roush Thursday said the eye is "doing very well." Roush: "I haven't had any infection from it, I haven't had any problem of any kind with it. I don't have any pain and I have great vision with my surviving eye." Roush has been "already back flying with a co-pilot for a few months," and he has "all of his certifications except a medical clearance to fly by himself" (, 1/27).

NAMES: Former Univ. of Kansas Dir of Ticket Operations CHARLETTE BLUBAUGH Thursday "pleaded guilty in federal court," admitting that she "participated in a scheme that reaped millions of dollars from stolen sports tickets." Blubaugh resigned her position last May (, 1/27)....EPL CEO RICHARD SCUDAMORE has received a bonus of about $4.8M "for his work in negotiating a record-breaking set of TV contracts." The payment is "included in the accounts package sent to the 20 teams in advance of next week's Premier League summit" and it will be paid "over the next four years." The amount is "guaranteed even if Scudamore leaves during that period" (London DAILY MAIL, 1/28)....USA Today's NATE RYAN, ESPN's LAUREN STOWELL, NASCAR Illustrated's KRIS JOHNSON, US Presswires' MARK REBILAS and BRIAN TETZLER of Denver's KDVR-Fox and KWGN-CW are the recipients of the 26th annual Aflac Motorsports Journalism Awards of Excellence for motorsports media coverage in '10 (Aflac)....Twenty-six Hawaiian non-profit organizations will receive $100,000 as part of the NFL Charities Pro Bowl Grant Program (NFL)....KANYE WEST, DONALD TRUMP, SPIKE LEE, HOWARD STERN, ALICIA KEYS, DAVID DUCHOVNY, PIERS MORGAN and CARRIE UNDERWOOD were among the celebrities in attendance for Thursday night's Heat-Knicks game at MSG (, 1/28).  
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