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Heat coach ERIK SPOELSTRA, whose mother is from the Philippines, appears in a PSA from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to "help raise funds for Philippines relief efforts for areas ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan," according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. Spoelstra in '09 "embarked on the first of four trips to the Philippines." The NBA and the NBPA on Sunday "donated $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF" in support of the organization's efforts in the Philippines. The donation "will aid UNICEF in providing children and families with immediate necessities including food, water, and medicine." Another "similar donation followed, as did one on behalf of the Heat and Carnival Cruise Lines," which both are operated by Heat Owner MICKY ARISON (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 11/14). The AP's Tim Reynolds noted Spoelstra "filmed the spot on Monday, and production was turned around in less than 48 hours." Spoelstra said, "I feel a responsibility to help make people aware of how catastrophic this storm was to Filipinos in that region, but more importantly how people can assist with the relief. People want to help. They just want to know how." The Heat before Tuesday's game against the Bucks "held a moment of silence for those lost and affected by the storm." Spoelstra has "often spoken of the pride he takes in his Filipino-American heritage, and when he was approached to help with relief efforts, he did not hesitate to commit" (AP, 11/13). In Miami, Hannah Sampson noted Carnival and the Heat "have pledged to give" at least $1M to help those affected by the typhoon (MIAMIHERALD.com, 11/13).
FBI Portland Field Office Special Agent in Charge GREGORY FOWLER said that he is retiring and "accepting a job with Nike" as Dir of Investigations (OREGONLIVE.com, 11/13)....The Dodgers named Nationals Assistant GM & VP/Player Personnel ROY CLARK National Crosschecker. He will be help scout amateur talent throughout the country and evaluate the club's current minor leaguers (Dodgers).
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In Boston, Peter Abraham writes MLB agent SCOTT BORAS is "perhaps the only player agent the average fan can name because of his success in generating record contracts for his clients." Boras has "influence throughout the game." For some fans, he is "an easy target for their wrath." That Boras "readily makes himself available to the media expands the size of that target." Boras "heads a 75-person staff with a sprawling headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif.," and other agents "resent his notoriety." One agent said, "It's all just a big show." But baseball insiders, "especially younger executives, respect Boras" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/14).
SPIN CYCLE: In L.A., Betsy Sharkey writes the LANCE ARMSTRONG film "THE ARMSTRONG LIE," is "all fascinating watching, starting with exceptional race footage that captures the exhilaration of the superstar cyclist's sweat-drenched Tour de France wins." The "extensive clips of Armstrong's years of denials amid rumors and investigations are even more gripping." By "weaving the facts and interviews with teammates, trainers, doctors and critics around the deceit," director ALEX GIBNEY "exposes the charismatic and camera-ready athlete's pathological construction of that towering house of cards" (L.A. TIMES, 11/14).
THAT IS FUNNY: Comedy website Funny Or Die will "tackle its first TV documentary series, a sports docu-series set to air on Discovery Channel sometime in 2014." Funny Or Die has "shot a pilot of the untitled series, which stars strength and conditioning coach MIKE BARWIS who will train with a different pro athlete in each episode." The company is "in preproduction" on seven more episodes. Each hour-long episode will "feature a pro athlete traveling to Detroit to train with Barwis." The pilot features NFL Cardinals S TYRANN MATHIEU (VARIETY.com, 11/13).
NOT SO FUNNY: Two men were "arrested at their homes in Scottsdale after being accused of cheating" several former and current NHLers out of at least $15M in investments. Financial advisor PHILLIP KENNER "advised his clients to invest in property transactions that were actually for his personal investments," while former race-car driver TOMMY CONSTANTINE "re-directed clients investments to pay for racing teams in California" (AZCENTRAL.com, 11/13).
NAMES: White Sox Chair JERRY REINSDORF "escaped serious injury after a frightening three-car accident at 65 mph on Interstate-10 in Phoenix last week about 20 minutes after leaving the team’s spring training home of Glendale." Reinsdorf said that no one "was hurt, but his car didn't fare as well" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/14)....ESPN's RICK SUTCLIFFE and Univ. of Kansas Hospital CEO BOB PAGE last night were recipients of the Buck O'Neil Legacy Award (K.C. STAR, 11/14)....The '13 Team USA Congressional Reception was held Tuesday night. In attendance were former Olympians and Paralympians BONNIE BLAIR, MIKE ERUZIONE, DOROTHY HALL and BRADLEY SNYDER (THE DAILY)....An Orange County (Calif.) auction house said that it "checked with" the family of late U.S. Olympian JESSE OWENS "before putting his gold medal from the 1936 Berlin Olympics on the block." Owens "gave the medal to a friend, entertainer BILL ROBINSON, whose widow has now decided to sell it" (LATIMES.com, 11/13)....Baseball HOFer MICKEY MANTLE’s family has donated $40,000 to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. The money was raised by an online auction of his ’60 Yankees contract (Bergen RECORD, 11/14)....Golfer JEFF SLUMAN last month sold his four-bedroom condo in a North Lake Shore Drive highrise on the Gold Coast for $1.2M (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/14).
IN MEMORY: Former NFLer and noted TV analyst TODD CHRISTENSEN died yesterday morning at the age of 57, from complications during liver transplant surgery at Intermountain Medical Center near his home in Alpine, Utah. Former BYU football coach LAVELL EDWARDS, who coached Christensen, said that Christensen “battled liver disease and various other related illnesses for about two years.” Christensen worked as a color commentator for NBC Sports from ’90-94, and worked for ESPN and the Mtn. He also called Navy games for CBSSN in ’12 (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 11/14).