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Published April 4, 2011
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SCANDAL BREWING? In London, Andrew Warshaw reported "fresh claims emerged" Saturday over FIFA VP & Exec Committee member JACK WARNER's "alleged involvement in a World Cup ticket scandal." Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet reported that it "has proof that Warner, whose support is key to" FIFA President SEPP BLATTER's hopes of re-election, "attempted to sell tickets on the black market, a direct contravention of FIFA rules." Warner was "reprimanded by FIFA over a 2006 World Cup ticketing scandal involving his family but kept his place on the executive committee" (London INDEPENDENT, 4/3).
TECH SUPPORT: In N.Y., David Carr reports former Engadget Editor JOSHUA TOPOLSKY and “as many as eight of the more prominent editorial and technology staff members at Engadget have left or are leaving AOL and are about to build a new gadget site” at SB Nation. The “federation of sports sites” is run by JIM BANKOFF, who facilitated the purchase of Engadget while at AOL. There “may still be a brand called Engadget at AOL,” but the people who “made it a highly regarded site in a crowded category will be gone” (N.Y. TIMES, 4/4).
SCREEN PLAY: Filmmaker DARON KER has created "RICE FIELD OF DREAMS," a documentary "filmed in Cambodia and Thailand about the Cambodian national baseball team and the run-up to and through its first international competition in 2007 in Thailand." The movie "will premiere April 13 at the Art Theatre" in Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach PRESS-TELEGRAM, 4/3)....Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY and his wife, LINDA PIZZUTI HENRY, have "invested in 'LUCKY THEM,' a film starring MARISA TOMEI, ALEC BALDWIN, and THOMAS HADEN CHURCH about a rock writer who's on the hunt for her ex-boyfriend" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/4).
BEST WISHES: Magic Owner RICH DEVOS, 85, "fell in his Grand Rapids, Mich. home, breaking bones in his wrist and ankle several weeks ago." Magic Vice Chair & CEO BOB VANDER WEIDE said that DeVos was "not hospitalized." Vander Weide: "He really wants to get back down here to see the team. He's shooting for the last game of the season (against the Indiana Pacers on April 13) or the first game of the playoffs (likely, April 16 or 17)" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 4/3).
NAMES: L.A. Mayor ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA Friday said that he "has agreed to pay $42,000 in fines to settle state and city ethics probes into his acceptance of unreported free tickets to sporting and other events." He will pay a "record fine of $21,000 to the state Fair Political Practices Commission and $20,849 to the city Ethics Commission." Villaraigosa "accepted free tickets to 33 of the 3,000-plus events ... he attended between 2005 and 2010," and "in 21 cases, he failed to report the events -- including Lakers games" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 4/2)....JULIE LORIA, wife of Marlins Owner JEFFREY LORIA, "wrote a cook book that went on sale" Friday. The book, "DIAMOND DISHES: FROM THE KITCHENS OF BASEBALL'S BIGGEST STARS," features recipes from 20 MLB players, including Cardinals 1B ALBERT PUJOLS, Mets 3B DAVID WRIGHT, Phillies P ROY HALLADAY and Marlins P JOSH JOHNSON and SS HANLEY RAMIREZ (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 4/1)....Cardinal Archibishop of Lima JUAN LUIS CIPRIANI, a "former player on the Peruvian national basketball team," and Archbishop JOSE GOMEZ visited Lakers practice last Wednesday (CATHOLICNEWSAGENCY.com, 4/1)...The N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE's Pat Jordan profiles Phillies Ps HALLADAY, CLIFF LEE, ROY OSWALT and COLE HAMELS, who "represent the state of the art of modern pitching" (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 4/3 issue).
IN MEMORY: Former Red Sox GM LOU GORMAN passed away Friday at the age of 82 due to congestive heart failure. Gorman "took over as the Sox GM in 1984, continuing in that capacity until 1993." His baseball career "spanned more than four decades, beginning with the Orioles, then with the Royals, Mariners (as their first general manager), and Mets" before he joined the Red Sox (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/2). In Boston, Nick Cafardo wrote "many people got their start with Gorman, including Braves president JOHN SCHUERHOLZ, who was a schoolteacher when Gorman discovered him" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/2). In N.Y., Bruce Weber wrote Gorman was "voluble, amiable and well liked in the game." He "earned a reputation for building contending ball clubs out of also-rans" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/2). In Seattle, Larry Stone wrote Gorman was a "larger-than-life personality, a hale fellow well met who was beloved throughout the game for decades." Mariners VP/Communications RANDY ADAMACK: "Lou was a positive guy who cared about people" (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/3).