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Volume 24 No. 112
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Names In The News

TD Ameritrade on Thursday in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission announced that members of Cubs Owner the Ricketts family "have agreed to relinquish their board seats" in '16, which "would end decades of close family involvement in one of Omaha's best-known companies." The company was founded by JOE RICKETTS in '75 (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, 12/6)....Meanwhile, PRESIDENT OBAMA on Thursday announced that he "plans to nominate" Cubs BOD member LAURA RICKETTS to the Kennedy Center's Board of Trustees (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/6).

FOR SALE SIGNS: Hockey HOFer WAYNE GRETZKY has listed a 3,758-square-foot townhouse at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for $1.899M (, 12/5)....Golf HOFer LANNY WADKINS' 9,521-square-foot mansion in North Dallas is "being put on the auction block" after previously being offered on the market for nearly $2.3M (, 12/5)....Former USC football coach LANE KIFFIN and his wife, LAYLA, have listed their 7,308-square-foot home in Manhattan Beach, Calif., for $6.995M after buying it for $5.5M last year (, 12/5).

BUNDLES OF JOY: Nationals 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN and his wife, HEATHER, had their first child on Nov. 20, a baby girl (, 12/5)....IndyCar driver RYAN BRISCOE and his wife, NICOLE, welcomed the birth of their first child on Thursday, a girl named FINLEY (, 12/5).

ESPN will air portions of Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character with Peyton Manning

NAMES: ESPN will air unseen portions of WILL FERRELL's interview with Broncos QB PEYTON MANNING, in character as Ron Burgundy from "ANCHORMAN 2," on Dec. 18 (, 12/5)....The Baseball Assistance Team announced the creation of the Commissioner Bud Selig Leadership Award to be presented annually in recognition of baseball execs "for extraordinary support of the organization." BUD SELIG himself will accept the inaugural award (, 12/5)....CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS' 40 Under 40 list includes Northwestern women's lacrosse coach KELLY AMONTE-HILLER and MLS Fire COO ATUL KHOSLA (CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS, 12/3 issue)....BASEBALL AMERICA named Triple-A PCL Omaha Storm Chasers President & GM MARTIE CORDARO its '13 Minor League Exec of the Year (, 12/5)....TNT's SHAQUILLE O’NEAL on Thursday visited Humphries Elementary School in Atlanta as part of the Toys ”R” Us #NoWishTooBig campaign (, 12/5)....Yankees 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ was "spotted at the Massimo de Carlo Gallery booth" in N.Y. as he negotiated over a $140,000 piece by NATE LOWMAN, which he reportedly bought (N.Y. POST, 12/6)....UConn alumnus and longtime donors DENIS and BRITTA NAYDEN committed $3M to the new Basketball Champions Center and "for scholarships for student athletes." A "key feature of the gift is a challenge match to all former UConn Husky basketball players who contribute to the new center" (, 12/5).

IN MEMORY: Longtime TV agent and former Marquee Group VP ART KAMINSKY died on Thursday at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held this Sunday (N.Y. POST, 12/6).