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Names In The News

Emrick said the letters have nothing to do with how his health is fairing
Media writer Ed Sherman in a special to USA TODAY reports NBC's DOC EMRICK is "writing a letter every day to a person who had an impact on his life." The recipients of the daily notes "range from longtime producers and analysts to long-ago high school classmates, neighbors and people from his early jobs in the business." Emrick: "There's so much that people did for you along the way that they probably thought was nothing at all. I wanted to tell them what it meant to me. It seemed like something that needed to be done." Emrick, 67, stresses that the notes "aren't a veiled signal that he is in declining health" (USA TODAY, 6/4).

OPEN PALMS? UFC President DANA WHITE on Sunday confirmed that The Palms casino "gave him his 'walking papers' for the second time in two years because of his winning ways." White said that he "was coaxed back March 1, ending a 22-month boycott" by White and UFC fighters. He confirmed that Palms CEO DAN LEE, "who recently left the property, sent a case of his favorite wine ... to the UFC office to open peace talks." White said that when he returned to the Palms tables, he "beat them for (nearly $2 million), and they asked me not to play anymore." He "was informed by new management at the Palms about May 21 that his limit was being reduced from $25,000 a hand to $5,000" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 6/2).

TECH TALK: Sounders investor DREW CAREY is profiled in today's edition of the USA TODAY "Talking Your Tech" feature. Carey is a "fan of the MLS Matchday app, which is available for free on the Apple, Android and Windows platforms." Carey: "It helps me keep track of [my] team. I travel a lot, so I can see the game on my iPhone, watch it from the dressing room. It's amazing that I can watch my team play on the app" (USA TODAY, 6/4).

AWARDS & HONORS: Former NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN "regaled a crowd Monday of 1,600 people" at a Jewish United Fund dinner. After Stern "spoke to the crowd, he answered questions" from Bulls and White Sox Chair JERRY REINSDORF. Stern said of the DONALD STERLING saga, "I guess I would say don't judge a league by any of its problems. Judge it by their reactions to them" (, 6/3)....Former Yankees spokesperson HOWARD RUBENSTEIN last night was honored by the team. He and his firm "have represented the Yankees for half of his 60 years in the business." Stern was among friends in attendance (, 6/4)....The ECHL yesterday announced that Anchorage Daily News writer DOYLE WOODY was selected as the '13-14 recipient of the league's Outstanding Media Award (ECHL).

CHARITY STRIPE: Yankees CF JACOBY ELLSBURY has committed $1M to help the Oregon State Univ. baseball program "expand its locker room facilities." Goss Stadium, which has stood on the campus since 1907, is the oldest continuous ballpark in the nation." In "recognition of the gift, the locker room facilities will be named in honor of Ellsbury." He played for OSU from '03-05 (, 6/3).

NAMES: Mets 2B DANIEL MURPHY, who missed Opening Day to be with his wife during the birth of their first child, "was invited to speak about that experience at the White House, and he accepted." Murphy "will speak on Monday about having his very personal family moment exploited in the public eye as part of a day of discussion on working fathers that will lead into a White House Summit on Working Families on June 23" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/4)....Islanders Owner CHARLES WANG is in the top three for the highest property-tax bill for a single residence in the tri-state region of N.Y. The annual tax bill on his Nassau County estate, "which has a market value" of more than $36M, is $564,666 (, 6/3)....DEEPAL WANNAKUWATTE, the former owner of the now-defunct World TeamTennis Sacramento Capitals, "has filed for bankruptcy protection and listed a staggering" $134M in debt (, 6/3)....Oilers D ANDREW FERENCE is “marching in the 34th annual Edmonton Pride Parade” on Saturday, the “first member of the Oilers to participate” (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 6/3)….U.S. men's national soccer team D OMAR GONZALEZ, F CLINT DEMPSEY and MF MICHAEL BRADLEY appear on the cover of the June issue of Men’s Journal (, 6/2)….Rapper DR. DRE paid $40M for Patriots QB TOM BRADY’s 18,298-square-foot Brentwood, Calif., home (, 6/3)….D-Backs Chief Baseball Officer TONY LA RUSSA bought a Danville, Calif., home for $1.233M (, 6/3)….Knicks F CARMELO ANTHONY “celebrated his 30th birthday” on Monday at The Nomad Hotel with G J.R. SMITH. Rapper NAS “performed a set” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/4).
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