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Volume 24 No. 156

People and Pop Culture

LPGA Commissioner MIKE WHAN sent a letter to the Tour's staff yesterday informing them Senior VP/Tournament Operations & Player Services JANE GEDDES is leaving the LPGA effective Friday. Geddes on Monday will begin a new position with the WWE as VP/Talent Relations. The new role means Geddes will leave her Florida home and relocate to the WWE HQs in Stamford, Conn. “It just felt like the right time in my life to really make a distinct change like that,” Geddes said. The LPGA said current staff will assume Geddes' responsibilities until it determines its next step. Geddes, a two-time major champion, retired from playing in ’03. She served as an intern with the LPGA in ’06 while in law school at Stetson Univ. and was hired full-time in ’07. During her five years with the tour, Geddes most prominently was the LPGA's representative during the initiative to include golf in the '16 Olympics. She also spearheaded the new scoring system introduced earlier this year as well as the league’s new qualifying requirements, recently spotlighted with 16-year-old LEXI THOMPSON’s victory at the NaviStar LPGA Classic. Geddes said the new opportunity is “not only a good fit but also going to be a challenge.” “I’ve been around golf for so long that an opportunity to really go outside that -- obviously at the WWE, which is a big change from the LPGA -- I found that very interesting and really exciting,” she said.

Sony Senior VP/Marketing STUART REDSUN is "set to join Under Armour in a top global marketing role." It is "not immediately clear" whether Redsun "will move into an official chief marketing officer role or if he will replace" MARK DOWLEY, who joined the company as Exec VP/Global Brand and President of Int'l in February. The company two months later announced Dowley would move into an advisory role (, 9/27)....The 49ers hired JACK HILL, the consultant who helped build Cowboys Stadium, American Airlines Center and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (, 9/26)....The Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment named Legends 7's HARLAN HENDRICKSON VP/Lifestyle Marketing (THE DAILY)....Rutgers Univ. named JANINE PURCARO CFO for Intercollegiate Athletics (RU)....The Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee named CLARE THOMPSON Associate AD for Athletic Development, KELLY DIENER Assistant AD for Student Services and MATT MILLET Dir of Corporate Sales (UW-Milwaukee).

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In L.A., Helene Elliott notes Jamaican sprinter USAIN BOLT yesterday visited the L.A.-based STAR after-school program and he “charmed the kids and their chaperones with his easy humor, struck his famed ‘Lighting Bolt’ pose and took as many pictures of them as they did of him.” Luxury watchmaker Hublot, one of Bolt's sponsors, “promised to donate $10,000 to his child-focused foundation for each kid who beat him to the finish line on a makeshift track.” Hublot and Bolt also “promised to help the nonprofit STAR program create an athletic competition for kids it serves” (L.A. TIMES, 9/28).

EXTREME MAKEOVER: In Chicago, Mark Konkol notes Bulls G DERRICK ROSE yesterday at the city's Murray Park basketball court unveiled a “$20,000 makeover, paid for by Rose-endorsed companies.” The new court was “part of the Derrick Rose Renovation Project” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/28). The project was “financed by Powerade, McDonald’s, Wilson, Adidas and the Wasserman Foundation” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/28).

AWARDS & RECOGNITION: CBS’ “60 Minutes” won an Emmy Award in the News and Documentary category for a feature produced by PETE RADOVICH JR. that examined the Island of Samoa’s propensity to produce a large amount of college and NFL-caliber football players. The story won for “Outstanding Feature Story in a News Magazine” (CBS).

HOME SWEET HOME: In S.F., Eric Branch notes 49ers President & CEO JED YORK yesterday “gave four 49ers beat writers a this-was-my-life tour” of his hometown of Youngtown, Ohio. He is “fiercely proud of the place where his parents still reside and he visits several times a year.” He also “closely identifies with Youngstown’s blue-collar ethos” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/28).

NAMES: Former NFLer STEVE GLEASON, who is “battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), was presented with a Super Bowl ring and key to the city" by the Saints at a party attended by QB DREW BREES, LB SCOTT FUJITA and former NFLer DEUCE MCALLISTER (, 9/27)….The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have “agreed to form an expert panel to establish national guidelines for youth concussion care and management.” The CDC’s findings “will serve as national ‘guidelines’ until new legislation makes them mandatory” (, 9/27)….Basketball HOFer MAGIC JOHNSON’s Magic Johnson Enterprises is “among firms investing $100 million” into Amalgamated Bank (, 9/26)….The USOC BOD has approved the formation of an NGB for golf “that will have its headquarters in St. Augustine, Fla.” (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 9/25)….Jaguars K JOSH SCOBEE visited Wolfson Children’s Hospital yesterday afternoon to “give the hospital $10,000” through his Josh Scobee Kicks for Kids Program (, 9/27)….Cubs P CARLOS ZAMBRANO “has placed one of his two Chicago-area homes -- a 13-room house in River Forest -- on the market for $969,000” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/28).