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Witnessing history, in D.C. and on the road

Golfer Tiger Woods (top) shakes hands with President-elect Barack Obama after speaking at an inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. Obama supporter and NBA star LeBron James (middle) watches last Tuesday’s inauguration with his son Bryce, in his room at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. On stage before the inauguration (bottom) are NBA hall of famer Magic Johnson, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA player.

Marking MLK Day in Memphis
NBA legends Julius Erving (left) and Dave Bing speak during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sports Legacy Symposium at FedEx Forum in Memphis. Erving and Bing received the National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award at the event, which preceded a game between the Grizzlies and the Detroit Pistons.

Blazing start
At the ceremonial first ball before the National Lacrosse League Boston Blazers’ first home game Jan. 17 at TD Banknorth Garden: Back, from left: Ownership group member Jon Brod, club President Doug Reffue, owner and Google Senior Vice President Tim Armstrong, and New England Patriots players Larry Izzo, Stephen Gostkowski and Mark LeVoir. Front: The New York Titans’ Casey Powell and the Blazers’ Dan Dawson.

SMI’s Smith and his GMs meet the press
Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith (center) stands with general managers from each SMI track during a NASCAR media tour stop last week in Concord, N.C. From left: Jeff Byrd, Bristol; Eddie Gossage, Texas; Steve Page, Infineon; Ed Clark, Atlanta; Smith; Marcus Smith, Lowe’s; Jerry Gappens, New Hampshire; and Chris Powell, Las Vegas.

Scouts’ honors
Baseball hall of famer George Brett (left), Commissioner Bud Selig (center) and White Sox exec Dennis Gilbert attend the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation’s sixth annual In the Spirit of the Game event.

Former Boston Red Sox CEO John Harrington received the Bud Selig Executive Leadership Award at the event, held Jan. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Others honored included Brett, fellow hall of famer Rich Gossage and former manager Whitey Herzog. Gilbert created the fundraiser, which has helped out more than 30 pro scouts.

ESPN Zone hits Los Angeles
Customers line up at the bar (top) and outside the venue during the grand opening for the ESPN Zone at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The night raised funds for USC football coach Pete Carroll’s A Better L.A. foundation.

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