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Published April 22, 2011
TIME RUNNING OUT? In N.Y., Keith Kelly reports TOM FLORIO is "apparently winding down his time" at IMG, where he has served as Senior Adviser for Fashion to the Office of Chair & CEO TED FORSTMANN since September. Florio said he "agreed to consult for another six months." But Kelly writes it "sounds like his portfolio has been narrowed and will end before Dec. 31" (N.Y. POST, 4/22).
ACTING UP: SI.com's Brant James wrote NASCAR driver JIMMIE JOHNSON's guest appearance was "one of the more entertaining aspects" of Wednesday's episode of Fox's "BREAKING IN." Johnson "played himself in the episode, enlisting the help of a security firm ... to crack the caper of the mystery music which has invaded his radio frequency with crew chief CHAD KNAUS during a recent race" (SI.com, 4/21)....Saints S DARREN SHARPER "has taken up acting during his break from football, making a guest appearance in a series of short web films for WorkingBug.com." Sharper's episode debuted online Monday as the fifth of a series entitled, "Series of Unfortunate People" (NOLA.com, 4/18).
NAMES: Falcons Owner ARTHUR BLANK "has given $3 million to an advocacy center for child abuse and neglect at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta" through his family foundation (AJC.com, 4/21)....The National Association of Black Journalists will honor ESPN News Editor CLAIRE SMITH with the annual Legacy Award at the NABJ's 36th annual Convention & Career Fair in Philadelphia on Aug. 6 (NABJ)....MLS Galaxy MF DAVID BECKHAM "will attend the royal wedding in London" next Friday between PRINCE WILLIAM and his fiancée, KATE MIDDLETON. Beckham "will be in Texas" the next day to prepare for the Galaxy's Sunday game against FC Dallas (LATIMES.com, 4/21)....Ohio-based Cardinal Health Inc. "has settled a federal anti-kickback lawsuit by agreeing, in part, to pay $760,000" to former NFLer DAN SALEAUMUA and consultant KEVIN RINNE. The money is part of an $8M settlement that Cardinal Health agreed to pay the U.S. government (K.C. STAR, 4/22)....Former boxer MIKE TYSON appears on a Last Chance for Animals billboard in West Hollywood "kissing a dove" (ADWEEK.com, 4/21)....Lakers scout BONNIE-JILL LAFLIN, the first and only female scout in the NBA, this week "started appearing in a new PETA advertisement" that says, "Want My Body? Go Vegetarian!" (ESPN.com, 4/21)....McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants on Wednesday rejected a $137.3M hostile takeover bid by Texans minority partner TILMAN FERTITTA and a subsidiary of his Landry's Restaurants Inc. (THE DAILY).