SBD/January 3, 2011/People and Pop Culture

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Odom (r) Says Decision Has Not Been Made On Potential Reality Series With Wife

The Canadian Press awarded Penguins C SIDNEY CROSBY the Lionel Conacher Award as its male athlete of the year, the third time in four years that Crosby has earned the honor. Reds 1B JOEY VOTTO finished second (CP, 12/30). Meanwhile, Canucks C TREVOR LINDEN was among 13 B.C. residents appointed to the Order of Canada. Linden, "who was honoured both for his sportsmanship and community service, was informed of the award two weeks ago" (VANCOUVER SUN, 12/31).

SMALL SCREEN STARS: Lakers F LAMAR ODOM "remained noncommittal when asked about a report in US Magazine that he and wife KHLOE KARDASHIAN will begin filming a newlyweds-themed reality television show in the spring." Odom: "A decision hasn't been made. I don't know if I'll do one or not" (LATIMES.com, 12/31)....U.S. Gold Medal-winning wrestler RULON GARDNER will appear on the upcoming season of NBC's "THE BIGGEST LOSER," which starts tomorrow night. With "help from USA Wrestling, he contacted NBC, which contacted the 'Biggest Loser' casting department." But Gardner was told, "You've got to try out like everybody else." He "had to meet with NBC executives who drilled him," asking questions like, "Why do you think you deserve to be here?" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/3).

LENDING A HAND: Yankees 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ "has appeared unannounced on multiple occasions in the last two years" on behalf of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which seeks to "educate high school athletes about the dangers of steroid use." Rodriguez also "participated in a fundraiser at Yankee Stadium last summer, and appeared at the foundation's annual golf tournament in September at Cowboys Golf Club" in Grapevine, Texas. Taylor Hooton Foundation Founder DON HOOTON "honors Rodriguez's wish not to publicize his involvement with the foundation and declined to provide details" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/2).

NAMES: The Orlando Sentinel ranked Magic President ALEX MARTINS No. 7 on its list of the "25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida." The Magic "made a smart move when they decided to make Martins the team's face man," as Owner RICH DEVOS "wasn't exactly Orlando's most beloved billionaire." Martins "has not only led with class, he got involved in important community issues beyond the hardwood" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/2)....Rockets Owner LESLIE ALEXANDER is pushing a proposal that would require people convicted of felony animal cruelty offenses to "register just like sex offenders do" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/1)....CBS' JIM NANTZ is "set to marry his girlfriend," IMG VP/Sales & Marketing COURTNEY RICHARDS, whose company reps the broadcaster. Nantz proposed on Sept. 14 “while on vacation” in Maine (N.Y. POST, 12/31)....CARL CRAWFORD, who played for the Rays before joining the Red Sox last month, yesterday “said thanks to the Tampa Bay area in a half-page ad” in the St. Petersburg Times (TAMPABAY.com, 1/2)....Former MLBer JOSE CANSECO reportedly has “hired Chicago-based baseball agent and attorney NELLO P. GAMBERDINO II to help procure marketing and endorsement opportunities” (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 1/2).

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