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Volume 24 No. 156

People and Pop Culture

Sports marketing firm Nimbus Sport promoted SUNIL MANOCHA to COO, replacing YANNICK COLACO, who was named Managing Dir of NBA India earlier this month (Nimbus Sport)….The Ravens promoted VP/National Partnerships & Sales KEVIN ROCHLITZ to VP/Corporate Sales & Business Development, replacing MARK BURDETT, who left the team last year (THE DAILY)….The Suns named DEEANN PALIN Senior VP/Organizational Development & Strategy. The club also promoted LYNN AGNELLO to Exec VP/Partnership Development, MATT WRIGHT to Senior VP/Marketing Partnerships, JEFF IANELLO to Senior VP/Sales & Service, KAREN RAUSCH to VP/Human Resources and GEOFF BUDOFF to VP/Premier Client Services (Suns)….Stanford Univ. named Harvard Univ. Assistant AD KURT SVOBODA Assistant AD/Media Relations & Communications (Stanford).

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The jersey worn by MIKE ERUZIONE, captain of the '80 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the "Miracle on Ice" game, "sold for $657,250 on Saturday night." The stick Eruzione used was "purchased for $262,900" in an auction. Other Eruzione items sold included his "jersey worn in the gold medal win against Finland ($286,800), the warmup suit he wore during the gold medal ceremony ($26,290), Eruzione-used Team USA gloves ($53,775) and used pants ($26,680)" (AP, 2/23)....A Bucks jersey worn by KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR in his rookie season of '69-70 and in the team's only NBA championship season in '70-71 was "sold at auction Saturday for $95,600" (, 2/24)....The "bloody sock" worn by former MLBer CURT SCHILLING while pitching for the Red Sox in Game 2 of the '04 World Series was "sold for $92,613 at a live auction on Saturday night" (AP, 2/24).

STARS AT DAYTONA: Former NFLer RAY LEWIS was the "honorary starter" for the Daytona 500, while actor JAMES FRANCO served as Grand Marshal. Also in attendance were rapper 50 CENT, Patriots WR WES WELKER, "The Price is Right" host DREW CAREY, South Carolina football coach STEVE SPURRIER and Florida Gov. RICK SCOTT (, 2/24). Duck Dynasty CEO WILLIE ROBERTSON also attended with his wife, KORIE, and his mother, KAY (, 2/24). Nationals RF JAYSON WERTH, 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN, 1B ADAM LAROCHE and P CRAIG STAMMEN also attended (, 2/24).

HONORS & AWARDS: Under Armour President, Chair & CEO KEVIN PLANK and Boxing HOFer MUHAMMAD ALI were "among those honored by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation at a downtown gala and fundraiser at the Waterfront Marriott on Friday evening" in Baltimore. But Ali was "unable to travel from his home in Arizona because he is recovering from a recent surgery" (, 2/22)....Around 1,000 friends and fans on Saturday attended "A Celebration of Life" ceremony at the Univ. of Miami's Knight Sports Complex for late baseball coach RON FRASER (MIAMI HERALD, 2/24)....Pro Football HOFer DON SHULA will be honored March 2 in K.C. with the Lamar Hunt Award, given annually to an individual who “helped to shape professional football” (AP, 2/22)….Cowboys trainer BRITT BROWN was named the NFC’s Assistant Trainer of the Year (, 2/24).

NAMES: Sources said that Flyers Chair ED SNIDER and LIN SPIVAK "tied the knot on Valentine's Day in an intimate ceremony, but held a party for their 160 closest friends Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology" (, 2/25)....Warriors F CARL LANDRY “presented $10,000 worth of donations in boxing, fitness and recreation equipment” last Thursday to the East Oakland Boxing Association (, 2/23)....The 376-page memoir of Univ. of Tennessee women's basketball head coach emeritus PAT SUMMITT, titled “Sum It Up” and co-authored with Washington Post columnist SALLY JENKINS, will go on sale March 5 (, 2/23)….Tennis player ANDY MURRAY “bought a hotel” near his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland. Murray “plans to transform” the Cromlix House Hotel “into a 15-room, five-star property” (AP, 2/25)….Ravens WR JACOBY JONES will be part of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” beginning next month. The "rest of the cast will be unveiled” tomorrow on ABC’s “Good Morning America” (, 2/24)….Patriots QB TOM BRADY and his wife, GISELE BUNDCHEN, helped photographer MARIO TESTINO “celebrate his new exhibition” at Prism in L.A. over the weekend (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/25).