Names In The News
In L.A., Rubin & Becerra report GIOVANNI RAMIREZ yesterday was "taken into custody without incident and arrested on suspicion that he was one of two men who blindsided" Giants fan BRYAN STOW "in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on March 31 following the season opener" between the Dodgers and Giants. Ramirez was "booked on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $1 million bail" (L.A. TIMES, 5/23).
GOING TO REHAB: Golden Boy Promotions Founder & President Oscar De La Hoya "has checked into a rehabilitation clinic in California." De La Hoya "went into rehab within the last few weeks." The "nature of his problem is not known." Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said that De La Hoya "was still in rehab," which is why he was not at Saturday's Bernard Hopkins-Jean Pascal bout at Bell Centre, one of his company's "biggest fights of the year" (ESPN.com, 5/22).
RUNNING AROUND THE PARK: In Boston, Steve Bishop notes "more than 2,000 runners, including almost 300 active military service members," participated in the 5.6-mile Run To Home Base yesterday in Boston. The race "began on Yawkey Way, stretched over the river to Memorial Drive and ended with runners crossing home plate inside" Fenway Park. It "raised an estimated $2.6 million for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program." The race was the "second annual Run to Home Base, and participants were required to raise $1,000" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/23).
HONORS & RECOGNITIONS: Pacers President of Basketball Operations LARRY BIRD will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and former NFLer TY LAW will receive the Football Legacy Award at The Sports Museum of New England's "The Tradition" event June 28 at TD Garden. Former boxer MICKY WARD, former MLBer MIKE LOWELL, NHL Dir of Youth Development WILLIE O'REE and marathoner BOBBI GIBB also will be honored (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/22)....Suns Managing Partner ROBERT SARVER was among the CEOs honored by the Phoenix Business Journal Thursday as part of the publication's "Most Admired CEOs" program (BIZJOURNALS.com, 5/20)....The Yankees Friday announced a new exhibit dedicated to honoring the legacy of late Chair GEORGE STEINBRENNER at the team's museum. The exhibit includes a variety of Steinbrenner's championship rings (Yankees).
NAMES: Twins co-Owner BILL POHLAD yesterday accepted the “prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in France” for the movie “TREE OF LIFE,” which he helped finance and produce (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/23)….Broncos DB DAVID BRUTON "has turned to substitute teaching to help fill his days in Miamisburg, Ohio, his hometown," during the lockout. Bruton "received a one-year substitute teacher's license from the Ohio Department of Education." He "received $90 for each day in the classroom, about $10 an hour" (DENVER POST, 5/23)....Cyclist TYLER HAMILTON has "handed over his 2004 Olympic gold medal to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency." A source said that Hamilton has admitted to "doping during his career but denies doing so during the 2004 Olympics" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/21)....S.F.-based Tipping Point Community, which is devoted to fighting poverty, raised $6.2M at its annual benefit Thursday night. Giants President & COO LARRY BAER and 49ers President & CEO and Tipping Point BOD member JED YORK addressed the assembled crowd (TPC)....Pistons G RODNEY STUCKEY, set to be a restricted free agent after this season, has switched representation from STEVE BANKS to CAA’s LEON ROSE, Stuckey’s fifth agent since ’07 (DETROIT NEWS, 5/22)….The run of “ERNIE,” author MITCH ALBOM’s play inspired by late Tigers broadcaster ERNIE HARWELL, has been extended at Detroit’s City Theatre in Hockeytown Café until July 31 (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 5/21)….Int'l Tennis HOFer BILLIE JEAN KING delivered the commencement address yesterday at the Univ. of Vermont (UVM)....A medical examiner determined that NHL Rangers LW DEREK BOOGAARD died earlier this month “from an accidental overdose” of alcohol and painkillers (N.Y. TIMES, 5/21).