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Names In The News

Douglas was just one of several athletes on hand for the dinner at the White House
Gold medal-winning U.S. gymnast GABBY DOUGLAS on Saturday night attended the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (WASHINGTON POST, 4/28). Also in attendance were Cowboys QB TONY ROMO, Redskins Owner DAN SNYDER and Nationals 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN (POLITICO.com, 4/28). Redskins QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III was a "no-show for the actual dinner" but made an appearance at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 4/29).

TYING THE KNOT: Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN on Saturday married longtime girlfriend YVETTE PRIETO in Palm Beach, Fla. (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/28). Approximately 500 guests attended the wedding, and a "reception for 2,000 invited guests followed at the Bears Club" in Jupiter (REUTERS, 4/27).

AWARDS & HONORS: The National Association of Sports Commissioner selected the St. Louis Sports Commission as its '13 Member of the Year. St. Louis also won the award in '02 and '05, and joins Richmond-based Sports Backers as the only organizations to have won the award three times (St. Louis Sports Commission)....CBS college basketball analyst MIKE GMINSKI won a Gold Key award from the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance on Saturday (HARTFORD COURANT, 4/28).

CHARITY STRIPE: AHL President DAVE ANDREWS "arranged for four tickets" to the Maple Leafs-Canadiens game on Friday night for chemotherapy patient KELLEN SURETTE and his family, and he also “set it up so they can attend the morning skate and then visit the Leafs dressing room after the game” (CAPEBRETONPOST.com, 4/26)….Patriots DT VINCE WILFORK and his wife, BIANCA, hosted their annual Vince Wilfork Foundation Draft Day Fundraiser at PiNZ Entertainment in Medford, Mass., last week (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/27)

NAMES: Pro Football HOFer JIM BROWN on Saturday "helped christen" the renovated Manhasset Valley Park on Long Island (NEWSDAY, 4/28). Brown is a co-Owner of the MLL Lizards and grew up in Manhasset (THE DAILY)....Former MLBer LARRY HERNDON last night "received the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award" as part of Negro Leagues Weekend at Comerica Park (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 4/29)....JAY-Z and Coldplay singer CHRIS MARTIN attended the Manchester United-Arsenal match yesterday (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/28)....Two Richard Childress Racing crew members were “charged with assault after a physical altercation occurred in the driver/owner motorhome lot” at Richmond Int'l Raceway following Friday night’s Nationwide Series race (AP, 4/27)….Free agent QB TIM TEBOW “plans to invest in ‘several’ North Florida locations of PDQ, a Tampa-based fast-casual chicken sandwich chain” (JACKSONVILLE.com, 4/28).

IN MEMORY: Longtime Georgetown Univ. SID BILL SHAPLAND died on Friday at the age of 57 (WASHINGTON POST, 4/27).
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