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NFL free agent WR TERRELL OWENS has left his long-time agent DREW ROSENHAUS and hired Dallas-based agent JORDAN WOY. Rosenhaus has been representing Owens since he played for the Eagles (ESPNDALLAS.com, 6/4). ESPN’s Mike Greenberg said, "If he fires Rosenhaus and actually says in the statement, ‘I have to hire somebody who believes in my ability to play football again,’ there’s no other way to read that. Rosenhaus, who knows the landscape better than you and I combined obviously because he’s in it every single day, and talking to those people who would be making that phone call every single day, … is it just obvious he said to T.O., ‘Listen Terrell, it’s over’” (“Mike and Mike in the Morning,” ESPN Radio, 6/5)....The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Futterman & Perrotta wrote the separation between tennis player ROGER FEDERER and his former agent TONY GODSICK, who left IMG Worldwide last week, “could be short lived.” After his third-round victory at the French Open Friday, Federer said, “I’ll have to see what happens, but never say never. Who knows what happens the next few weeks, months, and years.” Godsick said, “I’m going to look at my options and I hope to have an opportunity to talk to (Federer) and continue to work with him in the future” (WSJ.com, 6/1).

AWARDS & HONORS: Rogers Sportsnet “Soccer Central” host GERRY DOBSON was recognized with the ’12 Brian Budd Award of Distinction by the Soccer HOF on Saturday (Sportsnet)….To honor the 35th anniversary of the Trail Blazers’ only NBA Championship, The Oregon Historical Society today is hosting “An Evening with The Schonz” during which NBA HOFer and Blazers broadcaster BILL SCHONELY “will share memories from the team’s title run” (OREGONLIVE.com, 6/4)....A group of 1,200 students countywide “who had perfect or near-perfect school attendance got to hang out at Angel Stadium, meet the Angels, watch batting practice" and the game against the Mariners (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/4).

McCartney confirms he will be
closing act at London Games
NAMES: Rock & Roll HOFer PAUL MCCARTNEY has confirmed that he will “be the closing act” at the London Games’ Opening Ceremony. McCartney yesterday said, “I’ve been booked” (AP, 6/4)....Former boxer MUHAMMAD ALI watched Saturday’s Louisville-Arizona NCAA baseball tournament regional game in Tuscon “from behind the Louisville dugout with his wife and one other friend” (ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 6/3)….Heat F MIKE MILLER is auctioning his 9,000-square-foot, waterfront estate in Pompano Beach, Fla., “to the highest bidder on June 30.” The estate “last sold" for $5.4M in September '11 (BIZJOURNALS.com, 6/1)….Blue Jays 3B BRETT LAWRIE after Saturday afternoon’s game against the Red Sox tweeted to his more than 125,000 followers, “Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eaton center mall.” Lawrie was credited on Twitter and by media “as one of the first people to break the news” (TORONTO STAR, 6/2)....Saints President DENNIS LAUSCHA will “teach a course on the business of professional football” at Loyola Univ.’s inaugural Alumni College, which will be held June 22-24. Lauscha is an alumnus of Loyola’s College of Business, where he received his MBA in ’93 (AP, 6/4)....D’Backs President & CEO DERRICK HALL took park in a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the D’Backs Pediatric Dental Suite at A.T. Still Univ.’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (D’Backs).

IN MEMORY: Former Warriors Owner JIM FITZGERALD died yesterday at the age of 86. Fitzgerald was part of a group that bought the Warriors from FRANKLIN MIEULI  in ’86 and was the majority owner until selling the team to CHRIS COHAN in ’95 (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/5).

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