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A source said that Dodgers GM NED COLLETTI has "signed a multiyear contract extension with the team." Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the Dodgers "aren't expected to formally announce" the contract. Colletti was in the "final year of the guaranteed portion of his contract" (L.A. TIMES, 9/16). Colletti's previous contract "called for mutual options after this season, but a new deal was being discussed for more than a week" (CBSSPORTS.com, 9/15).
EXECS: SAM RUSH is leaving his post as head of Wasserman Media Group’s soccer operations to become President & CEO of the English football club Derby County, effective Jan. 1, 2013 (Christopher Botta, SportsBusiness Journal)....The Univ. of Wisconsin named UNLV Associate AD/Development JAY VICKERS Senior Assistant AD/Advancement (Wisconsin)….Wayne State Univ. promoted JASON CLARK to Senior Associate AD and LISA SEYMOUR to Assistant AD (Wayne State)….Francis Marion Univ. named GARY EDWARDS Associate AD/Internal Operations. Edwards will continue in his role as men’s basketball coach (Francis Marion).
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In Boston, Christopher Muther noted Celtics G RAJON RONDO was at the N.Y. offices of GQ magazine during Fashion Week “for several days working as an intern -- unpaid -- to learn more about fashion.” Rondo said, “This is something I’ve always been into. I’m just here to learn new things, network, and meet people in the fashion business, and have fun doing it.” In his "short time at GQ (he interned for less than a week), he packed boxes of clothes to be shipped off for a photo shoot” in L.A. and “walked through fashion showrooms and met with designers such as BILLY REID and MICHAEL BASTIAN” (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/16).
AWARDS, HONORS & CONGRATS: The Padres on Saturday celebrated Broadcasting HOFer JERRY COLEMAN’s 88th birthday “by unveiling a statue of the San Diego treasure at the East Village entrance" to Petco Park. The only other member of the Padres “to be so honored" is Baseball HOFer TONY GWYNN (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/16)....The Peachtree Tavern in Atlanta will honor Braves 3B CHIPPER JONES by "renaming itself Chipper’s Bar and Music Hall” from Sept. 24-29 during “the last homestand of the season and the last of Jones’ playing career.” The tavern will “sell T-shirts and other souvenirs adorned with its special ‘Chipper’s’ logo, with all proceeds” going to the Chipper Jones Family Foundation. Jones also will “sign many items for a raffle" (AJC.com, 9/14)....Red Sox CF JACOBY ELLSBURY is now engaged to KELSEY HAWKINS (BOSTON HERALD, 9/17).
NAMES: Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY and his wife, LINDA PIZZUTI HENRY, on Saturday hosted "a crowd of more than 400 Massachusetts General Hospital supporters who have contributed to its $1.5 billion charity campaign.” Guests included Patriots President JONATHAN KRAFT and his wife, PATTI, Red Sox Chair TOM WERNER, and Celtics Managing Partner STEPHEN PAGLIUCA and his wife, JUDY (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/17)....JMI Realty, a real estate investment firm owned by former Padres Owner JOHN MOORES, last week bought Snow King Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Jackson Hole, Wy. Terms of the deal "were not announced" (DENVERPOST.com, 9/13)....Basketball HOFer and TNT analyst SHAQUILLE O’NEAL now "co-owns and operates the CityPlex 12 theater" in Newark (AP, 9/14)….76ers F THADDEUS YOUNG on Saturday hosted a comedy show at the New Daisy Theater in Memphis, featuring comedians JERMAINE “FUNNYMAINE” JOHNSON, KAREN MILLS and JAY LAMONT (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 9/15)....Bobcats Owner and Basketball HOFer MICHAEL JORDAN yesterday was seen in the Bank of America Stadium press box before the Saints-Panthers game (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/17)….Gold Medal-winning U.S. sprinter SANYA RICHARDS-ROSS yesterday was recognized on the field during the second quarter of the Texans-Jaguars game (JACKSONVILLE.com, 9/16).