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Saturday will mark Mara's 10th Kentucky Derby, but first as an owner
In N.Y., Mark Cannizzaro profiles NFL Giants Senior VP/Player Personnel CHRIS MARA, who is "part of a small syndicate" that owns Intense Holiday, a horse that is currently "hovering around 20-1 to win" the Kentucky Derby. This will be the 10th Derby that Mara has attended, "but the first at which he will own one of the competing horses." Mara said, "This has been much tougher for me than the Super Bowls, because in football at least you played the previous Sunday. With this, you wait and wait and wait" (N.Y. POST, 4/30).

MISSOURI COMPROMISE: New Missouri men's basketball coach KIM ANDERSON "will make at least" $1.1M per season on a five-year contract. MU AD MIKE ALDEN noted that Anderson's "base salary will be $300,000 a year with an additional $800,000 in guaranteed money." Anderson also will "receive $100,000 per year in deferred money and heavy incentives that could push" his salary above $2M to a maximum of $2.4M a year (K.C. STAR, 4/29).

HONORS & AWARDS: R&A CEO PETER DAWSON last night was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the '14 HSBC Golf Business Forum at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa (IMG)....WFAN's MIKE FRANCESA has been "selected for induction" into the New York State Broadcasters HOF at a ceremony to be held on June 13 (NEWSDAY, 4/29).

NAMES: "JEOPARDY!" is starting a "sports version of the popular game show, with DAN PATRICK taking the ALEX TREBEK role as host." Sony Pictures said that "SPORTS JEOPARDY!" will "begin this fall on Crackle, a Sony-owned digital service available on mobile devices and services such as PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku" (AP, 4/29)....Rapper NAS will "perform on the main stage of May 17's Preakness InfieldFest." Singer LORDE is "the other headliner" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 4/29)....Wells Fargo presented a $100,000 check to First Tee of Charlotte, marking "the third year the bank has done so in connection with the Wells Fargo Championship" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/30)....Dolphins Owner STEPHEN ROSS (No. 41) and Mets co-Owners SAUL KATZ and FRED WILPON (Nos. 59 and 60), appear on the N.Y. Observer’s “Political Power 80” list (N.Y. OBSERVER, 4/28 issue)….NBA Draft prospect P.J. HAIRSTON yesterday signed with Miami-based Upside Media Group agent JUAN MORROW (NEWS-RECORD.com, 4/29)….An NBA All-Star ring, worth “about $15,000, was among the items stolen” from Pacers F PAUL GEORGE’s home on Monday night (INDYSTAR.com, 4/29).
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