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Volume 24 No. 116

People and Pop Culture

Fox Sports Digital named former N.Y. Times Exec Dir of Platform Technologies BEN GERST Senior VP/Platform Development. Gerst will help lead the forthcoming redesign and relaunch of, and report to Fox Sports Senior VP/Digital PETE VLASTELICA (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).

EXECS: EPL club Liverpool named Guoman & Thistle Hotels CFO ANDY HUGHES to the same position. He will “join the club on July 8.” Hughes “takes over the role vacated by PHILIP NASH, who stood down in February citing ‘family reasons’” (, 6/17)....The Stars named Sharks Media Relations Manager TOMY HOLY Senior Dir of Communications. Stars Dir of Team Services JASON RADEMAN, who stepped in and served as the team’s Dir of Communications this past season, will now exclusively continue in his previous role (Stars)....The Minneapolis Sports Facilities Authority named Minnesota Department of Transportation Dir of the Office of Civil Rights ALEX TITTLE Dir of Equity, “charged with helping the MSFA meet state-mandated targeted business inclusion goals” (, 6/17)....The Sabres named Huffington Post Senior Editor CRAIG KANALLEY Social Media Manager (Sabres).

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U.S. hurdler and bobsledder LOLO JONES yesterday posted a Vine video "cheekily complaining about her $741.84 check from the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation." Gold Medal-winning U.S. bobsledder STEVEN HOLCOMB called Jones' comments "a slap in the face." Holcomb said, "It wasn't taken very well. People were really kind of insulted." Jones in the video says, "Seven months with bobsled season. The whole season. That's it." Jones is then seen on the phone, "presumably talking to a mock landlord, she says, 'I'm going to be a little late on my rent'" (USA TODAY, 6/18).

LEAGUE OF HER OWN: Little League Baseball named Pennsylvania College of Technology President DR. DAVIE JANE GILMOUR BOD Chair. Gilmour is the "first woman" to lead the BOD, and it is the "highest-profile position held by a woman at Little League." Gilmour last week took part in the draw "that set up the opening-game matchups when the tournament begins in two months." She "never played" Little League (AP, 6/17).

: The Professional Football Writers of America yesterday selected Colts coach CHUCK PAGANO as its George Halas Award winner for overcoming adversity (AP, 6/17)....U.S. Secretary of State JOHN KERRY, Reebok consultant PAUL FOSTER, Eagles Owner JEFFREY LURIE and Bruins Owner JEREMY JACOBS were among those spotted at last night's Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final Game 3 at TD Garden (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/18). Also attending the game were Hockey HOFer BOBBY ORR, former NHLers WILLIE O’REE and MARK RECCHI, golfer PADRAIG HARRINGTON, film director PETER FARRELLY and Notre Dame football coach BRIAN KELLY (BOSTON HERALD, 6/18)....Eagles WR DESEAN JACKSON, Cowboys DE DEMARCUS WARE, Steelers LB LAMARR WOODLEY and Seahawks DB RICHARD SHERMAN were among NFLers helping out with rapper SNOOP LION's Snoop Youth Football League last weekend in L.A. (, 6/17)....Solheim Cup organizers said that 15% of the cost of all tickets from this year's matches will "go toward the Colorado Professional Firefighters Association." Located about 20 miles south of the Solheim Cup course in Parker Colo., the Black Forest fire has "destroyed nearly 500 houses and covered 22 square miles" (AP, 6/17)....Predators C MIKE FISHER and his wife, singer CARRIE UNDERWOOD, on May 2 listed their two-story, five-bedroom Ottawa house for $2.2M (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 6/17).