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"Skateboarding for Hope Tour" promoting sport throughout South Africa

ESPN.com's Adam Salo reported NBA Kings co-Owners and Maloof Money Cup Founders JOE and GAVIN MALOOF have "kicked off the 'Skateboarding for Hope Tour' in South Africa ... in anticipation of expanding their skateboard contest series internationally, and building up to their first event to be held outside" the U.S. The 10-month tour across the country "seeks to promote skateboarding as a healthy and positive alternative to kids whose lives may drift toward criminal activity." The tour will culminate with the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships in Kimberley, South Africa (ESPN.com, 1/4).

FROM THE COURTS: A federal district court in Maryland awarded Bills LB SHAWNE MERRIMAN nearly $4M and interests in real estate partnerships against former NBAers CHRISTIAN LAETTNER and BRIAN DAVIS. Merriman loaned Laettner and Davis $3M for their real estate businesses in '07. Laettner and Davis in '09 defaulted in repaying the loan and refused to transfer the real estate interests (EAG Sports Management).

BOOKSHELF: INSIDE HIGHER ED's Sam Petulla noted Penn State Univ. professor emeritus of sports history RONALD SMITH has written "PAY FOR PLAY: A HISTORY OF BIG-TIME COLLEGE ATHLETIC REFORM." The book "analyzes the history behind the current university athletic standards -- from [NCAA] reforms to presidential maneuverings to university governing board lapses." Smith's book is "part history, part policy prospectus, and part call for reform of a system he believes fails athletes -- in particular minorities and women" (INSIDEHIGHERED.com, 1/3)....In Orlando, Shannon Owens notes Magic Dir of Multicultural Insights & Cause Marketing LUCAS BOYCE has written "LIVING PROOF: FROM FOSTER CARE TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE NBA," which will be "published nationwide via Advantage Media Group starting Jan. 15." The book tells how Boyce took "one of the most unusual paths to the NBA fraternity" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/5).

Reviewing The Call : In N.Y., Michael Schmidt cites sources as saying that MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG "remains unsatisfied" despite the fact that the MLBPA "has now essentially cleared" agent SCOTT BORAS over loans his company made to a Dominican prospect. An MLB official said, "If the union feels that Boras giving money to young Dominican prospects does not violate its rules, then they should take a look at their own rules" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/5).

NAMES: NFL Draft prospect QB BLAINE GABBERT yesterday chose CAA Football's JIM STEINER, TOM CONDON and BEN DOGRA for representation. Gabbert is "widely believed to be a late first-round candidate for the April draft, although some project him higher" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 1/4)....The Charter Communications BOD “plans to explore this quarter a possible stock conversation that could further reduce the voting stake and say” of Trail Blazers and Seahawks Owner PAUL ALLEN, Charter's former Chair and controlling shareholder (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1/5)….Honus Wagner Sporting Goods in downtown Pittsburgh “is closing,” 91 years after the late Baseball HOFer opened the store (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 1/5)….Blackhawks President JOHN MCDONOUGH had lunch yesterday with Northwestern Univ. AD JIM PHILLIPS at Harry Caray’s in downtown Chicago (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/5)….Lawyers from Seyfarth Shaw and Troutman Sanders are representing the Jets and Vikings QB BRETT FAVRE, respectively, in the sexual harassment lawsuit brought by two former Jets team masseuses (AMLAWDAILY.com, 1/4).

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