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Names In The News

(l to r) Kerry, Brzezinski, Scarborough and Chesney take in World Series Game 6
A number of celebrities were in attendance at Fenway Park last night to see the Red Sox clinch the World Series against the Cardinals. Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY "hosted a pregame gathering for friends and assorted VIPS," which included Harvard professor ALAN DERSHOWITZ and actor MIKE O'MALLEY. Others at the game included U.S. Rep. NANCY PELOSI (D-Calif.), singers STEPHEN TYLER and KENNY CHESNEY, U.S. Secretary of State JOHN KERRY, actors MICHAEL CHIKLISCHRIS EVANS and JOHN TRAVOLTA, comedians DANE COOK and LENNY CLARKE, TD Garden President AMY LATIMER, former U.S. Sen. GEORGE MITCHELL, Patriots LB BRANDON SPIKES, former MLBer MO VAUGHN, filmmaker KEN BURNS, former NFLer DOUG FLUTIE and MSNBC's JOE SCARBOROUGH and MIKA BRZEZINSKI (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/31). Former MLBer LUIS TIANT and model CHRISTIE BRINKLEY also were at the game (BOSTON HERALD, 10/31). 

COURT REPORT: Browns Dir of Player Personnel JON SANDUSKY "has pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test when he was pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving" in Fargo, N.D., earlier this month. Sandusky "received a suspended sentence" and was "placed on unsupervised probation that requires him to complete a chemical dependency evaluation." A DUI charge "was dismissed" (AP, 10/30)....Vikings Owner ZYGI WILF in court documents said that there was "'anti-wealth bias' behind efforts to force him and his family to disclose their net worth" as part of a New Jersey civil case. The records showed that Wilf said revealing his family's net worth "was not supported by New Jersey law and that rulings by other courts across the country had routinely kept net worth private" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/31)....Dallas-based SCA Promotions "is closer to forcing LANCE ARMSTRONG to return" about $12M in bonuses he was paid for winning the Tour de France. A Texas arbitration panel yesterday said that it "would consider" SCA's appeal (AP, 10/30). 

NAMES: Sources said that MSG Exec Chair JAMES DOLAN “sent e-mails to his top staffers, asking them to donate $2,500 each to support” N.Y. mayoral candidate and former MSG Exec VP/Administration JOE LHOTA (N.Y. POST, 10/31)….Grizzlies G TONY ALLEN purchased 500 tickets for the team’s home opener Friday night “that will be given away to fans Thursday in the FedExForum grand lobby” (COMMERCIALAPPEAL.com, 10/30)….Florida Atlantic football coach CARL PELINI’s resignation yesterday in the wake of what AD PAT CHUN “described as ‘illegal drug use’ leaves the university the ability to collect $500,000 in damages from Pelini.” The school said that Pelini was “scheduled to make $496,124 in the current contract year” (USA TODAY, 10/31)….TED CORBITT, the “first African-American U.S. marathon champion,” will be inducted into the N.Y. Road Runners HOF (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/31)….ATP Delray Beach Open Chair IVAN BARON has been named to the USTA Florida Tennis HOF (USTA)….The indie film “50 TO 1,” based on the “saga of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner MINE THAT BIRD, has been set for a March 21 release in 260 theaters” (VARIETY.com, 10/30)….Ravens CB COREY GRAHAM sold his five-bedroom house in Lindenhurst, Ill., for $310,000 (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 10/31).

IN THE RUNNING: Are you or someone you know in the sports business industry running in Sunday's ING N.Y. Marathon? If so, contact Andrew Westney at awestney@sportsbusinessdaily.com and let him know. Then on Monday, send him your time, a photo and a quick note about the experience to share with our readers.
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