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Levy has his day
In honor of former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello declared Aug. 4 "Marv Levy Day."

Punter is charity's spokesman
Chargers All-Pro punter Darren Bennett has been named the spokesman for KickStart for Kids, a program that benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts Inc. and provides free reconstructive surgery for children with physical deformities. Bennett has formed the "Inside the 20 Club," in which fans across the nation will pledge donations based on how many punts he places inside the opponent's 20-yard line this season.

Eagles exec gets new title
The Philadelphia Eagles promoted Joe Banner to president from executive vice president and chief operating officer, but his duties will remain basically unchanged. Banner, a childhood friend of Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, will continue to oversee the team's day-to-day business operations, negotiate player contracts and manage the salary cap. With the promotion, Banner was given a five-year contract.

Ice queen to tout frozen meals
Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. said gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi will serve as a spokeswoman for Smart Ones, its brand of low-fat, low-calorie frozen meals. Heinz said the new marketing campaign will start in September.

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