Names In The News
The Yankees “rolled out the green carpet at the venerable Westchester Country Club on Monday, when they hosted the third-annual Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf Tournament.” The tourney, co-sponsored by New Era, helped “raise funds for four local charities, and it brought together a wide sampling of the region's former sports heroes.” Former MLBers RON GUIDRY and DAVID CONE, and former NFLers MARK BAVARO, and AMANI TOOMER were “scheduled to attend.” The event -- which “raised more than $200,000 over the first two years -- took place at the Westchester Country Club for the first time this year” (MLB.com, 5/20). Meanwhile, Yankees P DAVID ROBERTSON and Mets 1B IKE DAVIS on July 17 “will help host a Long Island golf tournament to raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy.” Former MLBers KEN GRIFFEY JR., BOBBY BONILLA, AARON BOONE, RON DARLING, AL LEITER and JEFF NELSON are “also taking part” (AP, 5/20).
KIDS IN THE HALL: Basketball HOFer JOHN HAVLICEK “recently auctioned off part of his sports memorabilia collection for slightly more” than $1M. Havlicek said, “For 50 years I’ve had all of this stuff, and what do you do? Only bad things can happen. At least the fans can enjoy it from now on” (BOSTON HERALD, 5/19)....Basketball HOFer ISIAH THOMAS will host “Unfinished Business With Isiah Thomas,” an interview show on DirecTV channel Cinémoi North America TV (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 5/20 issue)....Continental Bank appointed Basketball HOFer BILLY CUNNINGHAM to its BOD (PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL, 5/17 issue).
WHAT THE PROS WEAR: In Ft. Lauderdale, Cindy Kent profiled Dolphins equipment manager JOE CIMINO, who won the NFL Equipment Manager of the Year last year. Cimino said, “Our Equipment Department works closely with our Dolphins Community Relations and Youth Programs Departments to make sure any items that we have and are no longer usable to our team are given to underprivileged and youth football programs throughout the community” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 5/18).
NAMES: Actor VIVEK SHAH “pleaded guilty in a West Virginia federal court earlier this month” to taking part in a “scheme to extort money” from Sabres Owner TERRY PEGULA. Shah was accused in August of “sending letters that threatened to kill the relatives of his targets if he did not receive millions of dollars” (BUFFALO NEWS, 5/21)....Heat G DWYANE WADE attended the Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School senior prom to surprise a “student who had asked Wade multiple times to attend school events with her” (MIAMI HERALD, 5/19)....The 8-Twelve MVP Bar and Grill, which has licensing agreements with Brewers LF RYAN BRAUN and Packers QB AARON RODGERS, will open a second location in Glendale, Wisc. (JSONLINE.com, 5/20)....Patriots S STEVE GREGORY and his wife, ROSEANNE, will serve as ambassadors for the United Way’s Emerging Leaders program and are “in the process of mentoring a team of Randolph High students” in Boston (BOSTON HERALD, 5/21)....NBA free agent CHRIS SMITH, brother of Knicks G J.R. SMITH, has “fired his agent, MARC CORNSTEIN, and will hire J.R.’s rep, CAA superagent LEON ROSE, who also handles" Knicks F CARMELO ANTHONY (NYPOST.com, 5/20)....Ravens RB RAY RICE’s home in Reisterstow, Md., “was burglarized over the weekend, and $2,000 and two guns were stolen” (AP, 5/20)....Bruins RW TYLER SEGUIN’s home in Charlestown, Mass., is up for sale (BOSTON HERALD, 5/18)....The Predators Foundation raised $405,000 this year for "charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Centerstone of Tennessee and The Arc Williamson County” (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 5/21).
IN MEMORY: Former NYRA President, CEO & Chair KENNY NOE JR. died Sunday at the age of 84 “following a long illness.” Noe served as Calder Race Course President & GM, and as racing secretary for NYRA, Arlington Park, Garden State Park and Hialeah (DRF.com, 5/20).