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Names In The News

Wilson, 93, is in his 53rd year overseeing the Bills and is the NFL's oldest owner

Bills Owner RALPH WILSON “was released from the hospital Tuesday and is home doing well.” Wilson, 93, was admitted last week to a hospital near his home in Gross Pointe Shores, Mich., “with what was believed to be an infection.” The Bills said Wilson, in his 53rd season as Bills Owner, was “listed in good condition throughout his stay” (BUFFALO NEWS, 9/6)….Magic Owner RICH DEVOS “is said to be in good condition after suffering a mild stroke last month.” DeVos was admitted to a hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Aug. 19 and “underwent tests and was released” on Aug. 21. DeVos in '97 “received a new heart during a transplant procedure in London” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 9/6).

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES: Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer MISSY FRANKLIN took in a MLS Rapids game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park yesterday. Franklin, on the top things she has done since the Olympics, said, “Either Jay Leno or Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. The Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day was so much fun. I got to meet so many incredible people. It was for such an awesome cause” (DENVER POST, 9/6)….Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer MICHAEL PHELPS and other Olympians from Maryland “will be honored at a celebration Monday afternoon at the Inner Harbor, after which the swimmer will be named an honorary captain of the Ravens at the team’s season opener” (Baltimore SUN, 9/6).

NAMES: Golf Digest Writer-At-Large DAN JENKINS was named winner of the PEN Literary Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. He will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 23 in N.Y. (Golf Digest)….Int’l Ice Hockey Federation VP and former Hockey Canada President MURRAY COSTELLO will be presented with the Wayne Gretzky Int’l Award as part of the U.S. Hockey HOF induction ceremony and dinner on Oct. 15 in Dallas. The award pays tribute to int'l individuals who have made major contributions to the growth and advancement of hockey in the U.S. (USA Hockey)….News Corp. Chair & CEO RUPERT MURDOCH received a $30M “compensation package in the company’s 2012 fiscal year.” That figure “represented a cut” of nearly 10%, or $3M, from last year. COO CHASE CAREY, who was paid $24.8M in FY ’12, saw “a nearly 18% reduction” (L.A. TIMES, 9/5)….Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN “will be used as both an advisor and motivator” for the U.S. team at this month’s Ryder Cup (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 9/5)….Several athletes participated in the American Rights at Work’s Labor Day Tweet-a-Thon, including Texans LB BRIAN CUSHING, Bears K ROBBIE GOULD, Tigers P JUSTIN VERLANDER and Rays 3B EVAN LONGORIA. The NFLPA and MLBPA were among the event’s organizers (POLITICO.com, 9/5)….Actor MATTHEW PERRY last night announced the Dodgers’ starting lineup before the game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium (NCTIMES.com, 9/5).

IN MEMORY: Former AP and N.Y. Times sports writer TOM KENVILLE, who also served as a publicist for boxing HOFer MUHAMMAD ALI, passed away Tuesday at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer (AP, 9/5).

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