Names In The News
Wizards C JASON COLLINS, who will "march in this weekend's Pride Parade" in Boston, was at the Boston Public Library on Wednesday for the panel "Out in Sports" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/7). In Boston, Shira Springer wrote with his "historic revelation," Collins went from "little-known NBA role player to national figure in hours." And he is "still trying to process it all." Collins said, "It's been kind of surreal that I'm either calling or texting back and forth with these famous people. It's nothing but love and support" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/6).
MEETING OF THE MINDS: MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG, Houston Mayor ANNISE PARKER and Astros Owner JIM CRANE will attend the '13 MLB Diversity Business Summit, held June 18-19 in Houston. Joining Crane on a panel will be Brewers Owner MARK ATTANASIO, Braves Chair Emeritus BILL BARTHOLOMAY, D'Backs President & CEO DERRICK HALL, MiLB President PAT O'CONNER and Rays Owner STUART STERNBERG (MLB).
NAMES: Golfer BLAKE ADAMS has been "off the PGA Tour most of the year" and has been "busy helping start the Blake Adams Academy of Gold at the Lane Creek Golf Club" outside Athens, Ga. (AJC.com, 6/5)....Alabama football coach NICK SABAN is offering tickets, sideline passes and an office tour in a "charity auction linked to the sale" of his $11M lake home in Georgia. Concierge Auctions said that fans can "register online to win." All proceeds will go to Saban's charity, Nick's Kids (AP, 6/6)....Retired Canadian Olympic diver ALEXANDRE DESPATIE "has been named one of the two hosts of City Montreal's morning show Breakfast Television" (MONTREALGAZETTE.com, 6/6).