Names In The News
L.A. Superior Court Judge SCOTT GORDON yesterday ruled that JAMIE MCCOURT has "no legal basis to force" ex-husband FRANK MCCOURT to "share his record profit from the sale of the Dodgers." Gordon "repeatedly dismissed Jamie McCourt's claim that she was unaware of the potential values of the Dodgers and of a regional sports network as 'not credible.'" Jamie McCourt's attorney BERT FIELDS said that she "plans to appeal" (LATIMES.com, 9/9).
LOVE & MARRIAGE: Sources said that Heat F LEBRON JAMES is "getting married this weekend in a three-day affair in San Diego." Speculation is that the wedding will "be held at either the Grand Del Mar or Hotel Del Coronado" (N.Y. POST, 9/10)....Former USTA CEO ARLEN KANTARIAN's son BRIAN was married Saturday to KATHRYN GOODENOUGH (NYTIMES.com, 9/8).
LABOR LAWS: In L.A., Marc Lifsher reports months of "heavy lobbying" by the NFL and other pro sports team owners "paid off when lawmakers gave final passage to a bill to limit most workers' compensation claims by out-of-state professional athletes." The bill cleared the California Assembly "on a 66-3 vote and was sent to Gov. JERRY BROWN," who is expected to "sign the bill into law." Assembly member HENRY PEREA's proposal, which was opposed by the NFLPA and the AFL-CIO, would "close a provision in California law that allowed players from out of state to file workers' compensation claims for so-called cumulative trauma, including head injuries that manifested themselves years after their careers had ended" (L.A. TIMES, 9/10).
CHARITY STRIPE: Former NFLer BO JACKSON and Pro Football HOFer JERRY RICE will participate in today's Finish Line Youth Foundation golf outing at the Bridgewater Club in Carmel, Ind., to "raise funds for qualified, not-for-profit organizations that provide community-based access to athletics for children under the age of 18" (IBJ.com, 9/9)....The Islanders yesterday held a benefit golf outing for the team's children's foundation at Bethpage State Park (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/10)....Texans Owner BOB MCNAIR and QBs MATT SCHAUB, TJ YATES and LB BRIAN CUSHING tomorrow night will attend the kickoff party for the upcoming Nov. 15 Friday Night Lights event to benefit DePelchin Children's Center (CHRON.com, 9/9)....Major League Lacrosse in conjunction with the New Balance Foundation delivered a $25,000 check to JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research (MLL).
NAMES: Canucks co-Owner & Chair FRANCESCO AQUILINI yesterday settled his divorce with estranged wife TALIAH "as the parties prepared to begin court proceedings." The agreement was confirmed "less than an hour before court opened" (CP, 9/9)....Hedge fund manager CHRIS HANSEN and two political consultants "have agreed to pay a $50,000 fine for failing to disclose a campaign contribution to a group seeking to block a new Sacramento sports arena." Hansen was accused of "making an anonymous $100,000 donation in June to a signature-gathering effort to require a citywide vote on public subsidies for sports facilities" (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/10)....Capitals LW ALEX OVECHKIN has been "invited to be the first Russian to carry the Olympic torch after it is lit in Olympia, Greece, on Sept. 29 and as long as travel arrangements can be made that minimize his absence from the Capitals the team will not prevent him from participating" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 9/9)....The green jacket owned by late Golf HOFer HORTON SMITH, the first Masters winner, was "sold at auction Saturday for nearly $700,000" (ESPN.com, 9/9)....Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT and his girlfriend, RICKI LANDER, attended the Tommy Hilfiger women's fashion show yesterday in N.Y. (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/10)....QUEEN SOFIA of Spain, actor SEAN CONNERY and DAVID BECKHAM were among those in attendance at yesterday's U.S. Open men's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium (WASHINGTON POST, 9/10).