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Names In The News

In Charlotte, Michaela Duckett noted the logo for next year's Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) men's basketball tournament, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the event, bears the city's skyline. CIAA Commissioner LEON KERRY said, "We have the city in there, and it represents a partnership for CIAA, the city of Charlotte and basketball. I think it predicts a true feeling from us and how we feel about Charlotte." Kerry added that Charlotte is the "best place the tournament has ever been held." Kerry: "By coming to Charlotte, we have become a destination. We've done things I used to dream about" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/5). 

A WINNING COMBINATION? Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN last night confirmed that he has had "several conversations with" actor CHARLIE SHEEN recently about "developing programming for HDNet, the cable network Cuban owns." Cuban said that there "have been discussions about Sheen hosting a talk show or starring in a reality show on HDNet, but nothing is certain at this point" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 3/6). Cuban said it is a "unique opportunity." Cuban: "I like Charlie, he's pretty cool" (DALLASNEWS.com, 3/6). Cuban: "I reached out and we've had some conversations and I'm going to work on trying to do some things" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/7).

STORY TELLERS: Warriors co-Owner and Mandalay Entertainment Group Chair & CEO PETER GUBER "explains the value of storytelling in business" in his new book, "TELL TO WIN." Guber said that Under Armour Chair, President & & CEO KEVIN PLANK, Heat President PAT RILEY, STEVE JOBS, JACK WELCH, DEEPAK CHORPA, ANDERSON COOPER and the late PRESIDENT REAGAN are among the leaders who "do an admirable job using the technique of story telling to get their point across" (USA TODAY, 3/7).

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: SI.com's Peter King notes he and his wife had lunch with former SI NFL writer PAUL ZIMMERMAN and his wife, and NFL Network's MATT MILLEN and his wife, Tuesday at Cafe Gourmet in Parsippany, N.J., the day before Zimmerman had "surgery to ameliorate his spinal stenosis." Zimmerman suffered three strokes in '08, and he is "still not speaking coherently, and he's not able to totally comprehend everything he sees in a football game." King: "We're all holding out hope ... of returning to write someday" (SI.com, 3/7).

NAMES: Saints Owner TOM BENSON has contributed $105,775 to Operation Homefront Louisiana. The group "helps military families and deployed and wounded service members by providing financial assistance with car and home repairs, gift certificates for items like food and clothing and grants for financial crises" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 3/6)....Former NBAer ALLEN IVERSON's six-bedroom, nine-bathroom house in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., is "under contract and expected to close on April 8, but not before Iverson quit paying the mortgage." Iverson, who bought the house for $3.875M in January '08, let the property "slip into foreclosure." EDIE MARKS, who reps the buyer, said the sale is expected to close for a price "close" to the asking price of $2.85M (DENVERPOST.com, 3/4)....Cubs radio announcer PAT HUGHES is "collaborating on a book that shares his remembrances of working alongside" late analyst RON SANTO. The book, "RON SANTO: A PERFECT 10," is scheduled to be released on Father's Day (June 19) and will include "anecdotes from former players, media, personal friends and fans" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/7)....Longball Cellars has produced charity wines for Red Sox Ps CLAY BUCHHOLZ and JON LESTER. Clay Buchholz: ChardonClay will benefit the Jimmy Fund, while Jon Lester: CabernAce will benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The wines, produced by Selby Winery in Healdsburg, Calif., are expected to retail for about $14 a bottle and will be available in May (Longball Cellars).
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