Names In The News
In Pittsburgh, Ron Musselman reports thousands of people lined the streets to pay their final respects to former Penn State football coach JOE PATERNO as his funeral procession "slowly made its way through" the university's campus yesterday. The burial followed a private service attended by Paterno's family, "current and former football players and coaches." Pro Football HOFer FRANCO HARRIS, Nike Chair PHIL KNIGHT and former Penn State AD TIM CURLEY were among those in attendance (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/26).
REQUESTING TO BE INTERVIEWED: GOLF WORLD's Ron Sirak notes golfer SOPHIE GUSTAFSON has been "unable to share her personality because of a stutter so severe one sentence rarely follows another without hitting a stop sign." However, prior to the start of the Solheim Cup last September, Gustafson "got up the nerve to do her first television interview," and the response "was remarkable." Gustafson approached Golf Channel's VAL SKINNER about "doing a TV interview because she felt left out as others were asked to do spots in advance of the Solheim Cup." Gustafson will go to The Masters in April to "receive the Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of America, which goes to a player who has overcome injury or illness to compete" (GOLF WORLD, 1/30 issue).
IN THE STUDIO: Twenty current and former NFLers, including NFL Network's TORRY HOLT, Colts S ANTOINE BETHEA and Rams CB AL HARRIS, will take part in the NFL Business of Music Boot Camp at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. The program will run from Feb. 27-March 1 and is being directed by NFL Player Engagement and the Clive Davis Institute in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (NFL).
ON THE INJURED LIST: Broncos QB TIM TEBOW has reportedly "backed out of next month's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am due to injuries he suffered in the Broncos' AFC Divisional playoff loss" to the Patriots (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/26)....ANN MARA, widow of late NFL Giants Owner WELLINGTON MARA, broke her shoulder in a fall after returning from S.F. Team President & CEO JOHN MARA, Ann's son, in an e-mail said, "She is 'probable' for SB" (ESPNNY.com, 1/25).
NAMES: The British Financial Services Authority yesterday said that it fined hedge fund manager DAVID EINHORN and his firm Greenlight Capital Inc. a "combined $11.2 million for trading on information Mr. Einhorn received in a 2009 conference call about a stock offering by U.K.-based Punch Taverns PLC". Einhorn's deal to become a partial owner of the Mets fell through last September (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/26)....As part of the "Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million" initiative announced by golfer BUBBA WATSON, Ping will "donate $300 for every drive he hits over 300 yard (up to 300 drives) in 2012" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/26)....Maple Leafs President & GM BRIAN BURKE spoke last night at a leadership series hosted by the Rotman School of Management at the Univ. of Toronto. A crowd of "more than 400" listened to JASON FARRIS, author of the book "BEHIND THE MOVES: NFL GMS TELL HOW WINNERS ARE BUILT," talk with Burke, who wrote the book's foreword (TORONTO STAR, 1/26)....Olympic gymnast SHAWN JOHNSON will release a memoir, "WINNING BALANCE: WHAT I'VE LEARNED SO FAR ABOUT LOVE, FAITH, AND LIVING YOUR DREAMS." Illinois-based Tyndale House Publishers announced the book is scheduled to be released June 5 (THE DAILY)....NASCAR Driver KEVIN HARVICK and his wife DELANA are expecting a their first child in mid-July (SCENEDAILY.com, 1/25)....Patriots WR WES WELKER reportedly is engaged to his girlfriend ANNA BURNS (BOSTON HERALD, 1/26).