Names In The News
NFL Cardinals WR LARRY FITZGERALD has been named the recipient of the 14th annual Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award by Pro Football Weekly. The award is presented to an NFL player whose contributions to the community and charitable organizations are especially outstanding (Pro Football Weekly).
BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Former QB JOEY HARRINGTON and Nike Founder & Chair PHIL KNIGHT are among those who will be inducted into the Univ. of Oregon Athletics HOF on Sept. 22. Knight will be honored as an individual who has made "extraordinary contributions toward the success" of UO athletics (OREGONLIVE.com, 8/13).
L.A. STORY: Basketball HOFer PHIL JACKSON’s book, “Eleven Rings” is set for release in April. Jackson’s longtime companion and Lakers Exec VP JEANIE BUSS said, “I haven’t read any part of the book. I have no idea what will be interesting or not. But he never fails to get everyone to think about different subjects” (LATIMES.com, 8/13).
NAMES: Fitness guru JAKE STEINFELD has optioned his new book, “Take A Shot: A Remarkable Story of Perseverance, Friendship and a Really Crazy Adventure” for a TV series. The book, written with DAVE MORROW, tells the true story of how Steinfeld, Morrow and TIM ROBERTSON created Major League Lacrosse (N.Y. POST, 8/14).…Penguins LW MATT COOKE, C JOE VITALE and Hurricanes C JORDAN STAAL today will embark on a humanitarian mission to Haiti (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 8/11).…The Redskins are selling an 80th anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon from Northern California called “Redskins Reserve.” It will be available at select retailers this fall (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 8/13).…Yankees 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ has placed his Miami Beach home for sale. The asking price is $38M (GOSSIPEXTRA.com, 8/13)….Knicks G JASON KIDD “spent more than $4 million on his new apartment at The Aldyn, Extell Development’s waterfront condominium” (N.Y. POST, 8/14).
IN MEMORY: Soccer promoter GORDON PRESTON died Saturday at the age of 85. Preston “pioneered the concept of indoor soccer in the early 1970s.” He also was a “general partner and director of operations of the North American Soccer League Detroit Express” (DETROIT NEWS, 8/13).