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Jennings and his wife bought three shares, one for each of their daughters
In Green Bay, Mike Vandermause wrote, "Count Packers players among the thousands who have gotten swept up in the craze to buy a piece of the team." DL Ryan Pickett had "just received the paperwork to purchase Packers stock and said he was planning to buy shares for himself, his wife and five children." WR Greg Jennings said Tuesday that he "wasn't planning to buy stock, but when he returned home, his wife, Nicole, told him: 'Babe, by the way, (we) bought three (shares)' -- one for each of the couple's three daughters" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 12/7).

PURSUING A NEW SUIT: In England, David Bartlett notes the "spectre of a multi-million pound lawsuit no longer hangs over Liverpool FC from former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett." Hicks and Gillett in a statement "have declared for the first time they are not interested in pursuing new owners Fenway Sports Group." Instead, their "latest legal action in the High Court seeks damages from former Liverpool FC directors Sir Martin Broughton and Christian Purslow, current managing director Ian Ayre and the Royal Bank of Scotland for agreeing to the sale." Hicks has "always maintained that the club was sold for [US$472.9M] against his will in an 'epic swindle'" (LIVERPOOL DAILY POST, 12/8).

BACK IN BLACK: The NBA Kings yesterday unveiled a new black alternate jersey, which the team will debut in its home opener Dec. 26 against the Lakers. The Kings for that game plan to hold their first-ever "blackout," during which complimentary black T-shirts will be distributed to every fan in attendance. In addition, they are offering fans the "Back-in-Black Pack," which starts at $149 per seat for each of the team's first four home games this season. The pack includes five limited-edition black T-shirts, two for the "blackout" game and one for each of the additional three games included in the pack (Kings).
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