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Published June 21, 2011
STATING THEIR CASE: In N.Y., Teri Thompson reports Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz "cited false allegations and overwrought claims in a 68-page memorandum of law they filed Monday night in support of their motion to dismiss the $1 billion lawsuit filed against them by" Bernie Madoff trustee Irving Picard. The memorandum indicated that Picard's "allegations that he has an 'ample array' of proof that Wilpon and Katz were 'willfully blind' to Madoff's Ponzi scheme are unsupported and contradicted by the depositions Picard has gathered" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/21).
CRAB CAKES AND HOCKEY: The Capitals yesterday officially announced that they will play the Predators in a Sept. 20 preseason game at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena. The game, dubbed the "Baltimore Hockey Classic," will mark the "first Caps game in Maryland since moving downtown from Landover in 1997." Capitals Vice Chair, President & COO Dick Patrick: "We always have receive strong support from Baltimoreans. This preseason game is an opportunity for us to take Caps hockey to them" (WASHINGTONTIMES.com, 6/20).
NEW TEAM FOR NEWARK? In New Jersey, Al Iannazzone reported Newark "has some major players and is looking for more in its quest for an NBA team to call Prudential Center home after the Nets leave for Brooklyn." The "most prominent booster is Newark Mayor Cory Booker." Booker said, "We're definitely engaging in conversations with folks who have put out feelers about the potential for our arena to host an NBA team. There are definitely a number of teams struggling in their current arenas. That gives me signs of hope. I think it's an uphill battle, but I think it's a winnable battle" (Bergen RECORD, 6/20).