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Names In The News

Irving signs with 24/7 Sports Management agent Jeffrey Wechsler
Duke Univ. Associate Dir of Sports Information MATT PLIZGA Saturday said that former Duke G KYRIE IRVING has signed with 24/7 Sports Management's JEFFREY WECHSLER. Irving, who is "projected as a top-five pick" in the June 23 NBA Draft, "came to an agreement" with Wechsler's firm on Friday. Wechsler represents Bobcats F D.J. WHITE and Magic F QUENTIN RICHARDSON, among others (Durham HERALD-SUN, 5/1).

HAWK HONORED
: The White Sox Friday honored TV announcer KEN "HAWK" HARRELSON by "renaming the club's broadcast area" at U.S. Cellular Field the "Hawk Harrelson Broadcast Level." White Sox Chair JERRY REINSDORF was "on hand to mark the occasion." Harrelson "has been broadcasting for 35 years, including 26 with the White Sox," and in '07 he "was a nominee for baseball's Ford C. Frick Award" (MLB.com, 4/30).

TIME TO WINE: In Milwaukee, Anne Schamberg noted Packers CB CHARLES WOODSON has "wrapped his arms around" a "signature wine called TwentyFour by Charles Woodson." When asked about setting a price for the wine, Woodson said, "We're small, boutique, you know. So we wanted to go in the higher-end market. When you have small production -- under 1,000 cases -- you've got to offset those costs. We feel like we've got a very good product and we can be in that higher bracket, so that's how we set it. Our Cabernet -- that's our baby -- so we'll keep that small, keep that exclusive." Schamberg noted Woodson "previously had not been able to discuss his wines with the media" due to NFL "rules against players endorsing alcohol." But the lockout "means that the rules are sidelined" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 5/1).

BREAKING IT DOWN: In Minneapolis, Joe Christensen profiled Univ. of Minnesota law student JOSH FISHER, who started www.DodgerDivorce.com 18 months ago. Thousands of readers "now turn to him for insight into the astonishing divorce trial of Dodgers owners FRANK and JAMIE MCCOURT." Fisher "has been a guest on ESPN's 'OUTSIDE THE LINES' and a regular on Los Angeles radio shows." He has "more than 1,650 Twitter followers, and his website has generated more than 77,000 unique visitors" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/1).

NAMES: In Miami, Barry Jackson noted "hundreds came to pay their respects" to late Dolphins radio announcer JIM MANDICH at his funeral Saturday in Wellington, Fla. Dolphins radio announcer JOE ROSE "was among numerous former Dolphins in attendance" (MIAMI HERALD, 5/1)....Nike Chair PHIL KNIGHT, who attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Friday returned to the school to "help dedicate" the eight-building, $345M Knight Management Center. The event "capped an unusually high-profile week for Knight, who normally shuns a public stage." Knight's "interview with talk show mogul OPRAH WINFREY was broadcast" on Tuesday (Portland OREGONIAN, 4/30)....North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee President & CEO BILL LIVELY, "after only a month as part-time president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra," announced Friday that he is "stepping down immediately for health reasons." Lively "was due to take over full time June 1." Lively's stint with the host committee "has been winding down," and he "expects to end that commitment at the end of May" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/30)....Indians VP/PR BOB DIBIASIO “volunteered his services” for Saturday’s game at Progressive Field after the team “ran out of PA announcers” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/1)….Broncos Exec VP/Football Operations JOHN ELWAY and his business partners today formally “take over ownership of Burt Chevrolet” in Denver, marking the “return of the Elway name in the Denver metro auto-sales arena” (DENVER POST, 5/1)….Actor CHARLIE SHEEN on Saturday revealed that Giants P BRIAN WILSON will be "his pitching coach" for "MAJOR LEAGUE 3" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 5/1)….Houston Chronicle sports writer DAVID BARRON was slated to be inducted into the Texas High School Football HOF this past weekend (CHRON.com, 4/30)….Kevin Harvick Inc. co-Owner DELANA HARVICK has been selected as a recipient of The Business Journal of the Greater Triad’s 12th annual Women in Business award (THE DAILY).
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