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Names In The News

In Chicago, Sean Jensen writes Jaguars Owner SHAHID KHAN has "been a rock star" since he purchased the club from WAYNE WEAVER. And not because he is "the league’s first minority owner or because he sports a brilliant mustache." Khan has been a "breath of fresh air, embracing the attention, even if it’s not entirely comfortable to him yet." Khan said, "I think it’s a duty to the Jaguar fans and the NFL to participate. It’s highly flattering, but I think it’s part of the duty. Media is a big part of the responsibilities. It’s a lot more public than I thought it was. I’ve lived a very wonderful, below-the-radar life for so many years. Then you’re in the NFL as an owner and ‘Boom!’" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/18).

GET OFF MY LAWN! Two companies owned by Dodgers P JOSH BECKETT on Tuesday filed federal lawsuit in Laredo, Texas, seeking a court order to "stop any further work" on a natural gas pipeline which would run through part of Beckett's 7,000-acre hunting ranch about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio. The suit also asks the pipeline's builder to "specify what the builder must do under the Endangered Species Act." Beckett in a statement for court described "two occasions when he saw what he believes were ocelots" (AP, 10/17).

BUYING & SELLING: Bulls F LUOL DENG has “placed his three-bedroom town home in a gated community in Northbrook on the market for $535,000.” Deng “paid $672,000 in 2004 for the 2,511-square-foot town home” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/18)….Baseball HOFer BABE RUTH’s 1948 Lincoln Continental two-door hardtop coupe was sold to fan LONNIE SHELTON. It was the “last known car George Herman Ruth owned before his death Aug. 16, 1948.” Shelton “didn’t disclose the price he paid for the car about two months ago” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/18).

AWARDS & HONORS: TSN anchor ROD SMITH was honored Tuesday with the Excellence in Sports Broadcasting award at the Sports Media Canada awards ceremony. Smith was recognized for his aquatics play-by-play during the London Olympics. National Post columnist BRUCE ARTHUR also was recognized for his coverage of the Olympics. Edmonton Sun columnist TERRY JONES was given the career achievement award and the Edmonton Journal's ED KAISER was recognized for his photographs in London. Sports Media Canada also named NHL Jets Chair MARK CHIPMAN as its Exec of the Year (, 10/17)....Advertising and promotions association PromaxBDA yesterday announced that former NBC Sports Chair DICK EBERSOL will be honored with its Lifetime Innovator Award, while USOC CMO LISA BAIRD will be honored with the Game Changer Award at the '12 Sports Marketing Summit & Awards show in N.Y. on Nov. 13 (PromaxBDA)....The Women's Sports Foundation named U.S. gymnast GABBY DOUGLAS as its Sportswoman of the Year, beating out U.S. skier LINDSEY VONN, tennis player SERENA WILLIAMS, U.S. swimmer MISSY FRANKLIN, U.S. sprinter ALLYSON FELIX and Paralympians JESSICA LONG and TATYANA MCFADDEN (AP, 10/17).

NAMES: Former MLBer MIKE PIAZZA, USA Basketball Chair JERRY COLANGELO and UConn women's basketball coach GENO AURIEMMA attended the 37th annual National Italian-American Foundation Dinner in DC (The WASHINGTONIAN, 10/15)....The Marlins donated over $1.2M in philanthropy and over 5,000 community service hours during ’12 regular season (Marlins)….Boxer CORNELIUS BUNDRAGE has “signed a multifight promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions.” He was formerly with promoter DON KING (, 10/17)….Golfer DANIELA HOLMQVIST has turned pro and signed with IMG (IMG)….Men’s Health magazine named retired U.S. swimmer MICHAEL PHELPS the “fittest man of all time” (, 10/17).

KEEP FIGHTING: NBA referee GREG WILLARD is taking leave to battle pancreatic cancer (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 10/18).