Names In The News
Former Dodgers Owner FRANK MCCOURT is being sued by his ex-wife JAMIE for $770M after she claimed he "misrepresented the value" of the team in their divorce settlement. Jamie McCourt claims she settled for $131M because Frank McCourt "lied about the value of his assets, above all, the value of the Dodgers." She said that she "deserves at least" $900M. She said in her complaint that six of her seven causes of action "are protective in nature," meant to beat the time limit to challenge their divorce agreement. Their divorce was "completed on Jan. 19, 2012." She "wants that settlement agreement set aside" (COURTHOUSENEWS.com, 1/11).
AROUND THE HORN: Red Sox Chair TOM WERNER was recognized Saturday with the "Dave Winfield Humanitarian" award at the "In the Spirit of the Game" banquet. Werner was presented the award by its namesake, Baseball HOFer DAVE WINFIELD (THE DAILY)....Dodgers announcer VIN SCULLY was the “undisputed star on Saturday night at the Professional Baseball Scout Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner.” There were “1,000-plus people” in attendance to watch Scully receive a leadership award (LATIMES.com, 1/13).
CHARITY STRIPE: Cubs broadcaster LEN KASPER was among those joining Cubs President of Baseball Operations THEO EPSTEIN and MLB Network's PETER GAMMONS at the annual Hot Stove Cool Music concert and auction at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Saturday night. The event raised about $200,000 for "children and families in need" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/14)....Heat F LEBRON JAMES was the "guest speaker" at a charity event Friday hosted by Sacramento Mayor KEVIN JOHNSON. The event raised money for Johnson's St. HOPE charity (MIAMI HERALD, 1/14).
NAMES: VANESSA BRYANT, wife of Lakers G KOBE BRYANT, posted on her Instagram account Friday that the couple has "reconciled" and that their "divorce action will be dismissed." She wrote, "We are looking forward to our future together" (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 1/12)....Knicks F CARMELO ANTHONY yesterday "denied his marriage was on the rocks, and that he was estranged from his wife LA LA." Anthony was at Cipriani Club 55 in N.Y. to "launch his new Jordan MELO M9 sneaker" (N.Y. POST, 1/14)....Senator JOHN KERRY (D-Mass.) attended yesterday’s Patriots-Texans game with Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/14)….The Patriots honored members of the Newtown, Conn., police department during the game yesterday (AP, 1/13)….Sources said that singer BEYONCE will be “joined onstage by her Destiny’s Child bandmates KELLY ROWLAND and MICHELLE WILLIAMS” during her Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance (USMAGAZINE.com, 1/10).
IN MEMORY: Former Penguins investor THAYER POTTER died Friday of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. Potter also served as team President, "but by 1975 the organization was in bankruptcy and ultimately the group of investors was out” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/13).