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Weekend Briefs....

Lucas Oil Stadium officials have "inspected the railings" at the facility and "determined them safe for events this weekend." A railing over the northwest field tunnel last week "collapsed" after Raiders-Colts (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/15).

Russian state-controlled gas company Gazprom has "signed a deal to sponsor FIFA" from '15-18, the year Russia hosts the World Cup. Terms of the deal were not disclosed (AP, 9/15).

Sources said that MSG Network's TV simulcast contract with WFAN-AM's "Boomer & Cartoon" show "expired Friday and no agreement was reached on a new deal." Thus, "don't expect to see" the show tomorrow morning (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/15).

Pro Football HOFer Bill Parcells today "will be honored" during a halftime ceremony at Broncos-Giants in which he will be presented with his HOF ring (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 9/11).

Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik yesterday spoke "to a crowd of 4,516 at Fan Fest at the Tampa Bay Times Forum" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 9/15).

The USTA ran a full-page ad in today's N.Y. Times thanking players, fans and media for their participation in this year's U.S. Open (THE DAILY).
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