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In L.A., Bill Shaikin reported Dodgers Owner FRANK MCCOURT and his ex-wife, JAMIE, "renewed settlement discussions on Wednesday, with the Dodgers weeks away from starting a second season under uncertain ownership." The settlement talks "apparently were the first since a judge threw out an agreement that would have granted Frank sole ownership of the Dodgers," and it is "unclear whether additional discussions are scheduled." Frank has said that he "would pursue a second trial to establish the Dodgers as his separate property, on grounds he bought the team using a company formed before marriage" (LATIMES.com, 3/3).

HAD A BALL: MLB.com's Barry Bloom reported members of the '01 World Series champion D'Backs and a "quintet of baseball Hall of Famers graced the inaugural B.A.T. Celebrity Ball" Wednesday night at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. B.A.T. is the acronym for the Baseball Assistance Team, "which has awarded more than $23 million in grants to those who are down and out in the baseball family since" D'Backs TV analyst JOE GARAGIOLA SR. "founded the organization some 35 years ago." Garagiola was "honored with the non-profit foundation's first Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday night" (MLB.com, 3/3).

Weinstein Co. buys film rights to book on
Univ. of Washington rowing team from '30s
NAMES
: The Women's Basketball Coaches Association Thursday announced ESPN VP/Programming & Acquisitions CAROL STIFF as the recipient of the organization's '11 Mel Greenberg Media Award (WBCA)....The National Association of Broadcasters Thursday announced that Casey-Werner Productions will be inducted into the Broadcasting HOF during this year's NAB Show in Las Vegas. The company was co-founded by Red Sox Chair TOM WERNER (NAB)....The Weinstein Company has acquired film rights to “THE BOYS IN THE BOAT,” a nonfiction book proposal to be written by DANIEL JAMES BROWN. The story, “set in the 1930s, centers around” the Univ. of Washington’s rowing team. Sources described the project as a cross between “SEABISCUIT” and “CHARIOTS OF FIRE” (VARIETY.com, 3/3)….Lakers sideline reporter JOHN IRELAND has raised nearly $12,800 in pledges as part of the April 23 Walk Now for Autism Event at the Rose Bowl (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 3/4)….Three former NFLers -- ANTHONY MUNOZ, ESPN’s MERRIL HOGE and ESPN and NFL Network analyst MATT MILLEN -- will travel to the Persian Gulf to greet members of the U.S. military (NFL).

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: Rockies General Partner CHARLIE MONFORT “was being treated at a Scottsdale hospital on Wednesday for injuries he received in a fall.” Monfort is expected to be released shortly (MLB.com, 3/2).
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