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Best filed a lawsuit after suffering multiple concussions in the NFL and college
Former NFLer JAHVID BEST's civil lawsuit against the league, Riddell and Easton-Bell Sports "has been dismissed." Wayne County (Mich.) Circuit Court documents show that Best's case was dismissed on May 6 "due to a nonservice dismissal without prejudice." This "likely means that Best, the plaintiff, did not serve the defendants in a defined period of time." Best "can refile the suit, but it is unclear if he will do so" (ESPN.com, 6/5).

AWARDS & HONORS: The Hockey HOF on Thursday announced USA Today’s KEVIN ALLEN as the winner of the ’14 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in journalism. Blackhawks play-by-play announcer PAT FOLEY was honored with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting. Allen and Foley were “voted in by their respective associations and will receive their awards” in Toronto on Nov. 17 (NHL.com, 6/5)....The National Radio HOF on Thursday selected its seven '14 inductees, including former ESPN baseball commentator JON MILLER, who also has called Giants games on KNBR-AM since '97. The ceremony will take place Nov. 9 in L.A. (NRHOF)....The National Basketball Coaches Association on Thursday announced Cavaliers assistant coach BERNIE BICKERSTAFF is the recipient of the '14 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (NBCA)....The Business of Sports School held its annual fundraising reception Thursday night at the N.Y. Athletic Club HOF. Former ESPN GM & Editorial Dir of Publishing GARY HOENIG, who helped found the school, and Raptors G LANDRY FIELDS, who sits on the school's board, were honored (THE DAILY).

SIGN & DRIVE: Yee & Dubin Sports has signed '10 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Champion and former Univ. of Arkansas golfer EMILY TUBERT for representation. She will be represented by BRENT BROCKERMEYER. Meanwhile, Wasserman Media Group has signed former Univ. of Georgia golfer JOEY GARBER for comprehensive representation. He will represented by BUTLER MELNYK (Liz Mullen, Staff Writer).

MILLION DOLLAR LISTINGS: Former NFLer JUSTIN FARGAS sold his 4,892-square-foot Sherman Oaks, Calif., home for $2.575M after purchasing it for $2.295M in ’08 (LATIMES.com, 6/5)….Former NHLer CRISTOBAL HUET listed his Chicago condo for $2.495M (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 6/5)….Current Cal men’s basketball coach and former Tennessee coach CUONZO MARTIN listed his nearly 5,000-square-foot Knoxville home for $874,900 (LATIMES.com, 6/5).

NAMES: Film director JOHN LEE HANCOCK recently signed on to direct the as-yet-untitled biopic of former MLBer LENNY DYKSTRA alongside producer GILL NETTER (PHILLY.com, 6/5)....The Steve Nash Foundation Showdown "makes a return" to N.Y. on June 25, but the player himself "won't be holding" the L.A. version of his charity soccer match (LATIMES.com, 6/5)....Hockey HOFer LANNY MCDONALD will "lead a shareholder battle on behalf of himself and hundreds of other investors who together lost millions in a company called Birch Mountain Resources” (GLOBE & MAIL, 6/5).
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