Names In The News
The NBA will donate all proceeds -- not to be less than $100,000 -- from the sales of Nets C JASON COLLINS jerseys to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. In addition, the league will auction off Collins' game-worn, autographed jerseys to benefit the same organizations (NBA).
INTO THE WILD: Marlins President DAVID SAMSON said of his short run on CBS' "SURVIVOR" series, "It was much harder than I thought it would be. Much more lonely. I felt much older than I feel on a daily basis, surrounded by 22-year-olds. I grew up in New York City. I've never slept outside. I've never gone camping. I never had to start a fire. I've never had to do anything other than order food in a restaurant" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/2).
JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON: In Charlotte, Rick Bonnell wrote of NASCAR driver DALE EARNHARDT JR., "For a guy who all but kicked and screamed at the prospect of sharing himself digitally, Earnhardt is acing this skill." He has been "well-received" on Twitter with "more than 500,000 followers" in the first five days since launching his account. Earnhardt said, "I don't know what I was thinking not getting on there earlier" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/2).
BOSS MAN: Rays manager JOE MADDON discussed his favorite music as part of the Wall Street Journal's "Playlist" feature. Maddon said, "BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's 'KITTY'S BACK' is my go-to song whenever I need to reset my head and lift my spirits." He added, "Today, 'Kitty' reminds me of really great times. When I'm tired or worried about too many things -- boom, I put on the song and it never fails to bring me back." Maddon: "In the Tampa Bay clubhouse, I'm respectful of what the guys listen to. But if my office door is open, my music is playing and loud. A lot of the guys like the classic-rock stuff" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/1).
HONORS & AWARDS: ESPN soccer analyst ALEXI LALAS and former NFLer JASON HANSON were inducted to the Michigan Sports HOF on Friday along with former NHLer NICKLAS LIDSTROM and former MLBer JOHN SMOLTZ (DETROIT NEWS, 3/1)....Former Boston Univ. men's hockey coach JACK PARKER had his No. 6 jersey retired and raised to the rafters of Agganis Arena on Friday night (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/1)....Former Canucks coach and GM PAT QUINN will have his name added to the "Ring of Honour" inside Rogers Arena before the Canucks' final game of the regular season (VANCOUVER SUN, 3/2).
NAMES: Heat Owner MICKY ARISON has advised Carnival Corp. that trusts organized for his benefit plan to sell up to 10 million shares of common stock in the cruise line. The Arison family and related entities plan to remain owners of approximately 24% of the combined voting rights (Carnival)....A federal jury on Friday ruled in favor of former Rams employee LORY FABIAN, who "claimed she was forced out because of her age." Fabian claimed that she was "one of a series of older employees who lost out to 'young, inexpensive grinders' who were just starting out in their careers" (STLTODAY.com, 2/28)....DONALD TRUMP stopped by the PGA Tour Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens over the weekend in advance of his own course, Trump National Doral in Miami, host the WGC-Cadillac Championship this week (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 3/2)….Seahawks QB RUSSELL WILSON “has said no” to competing on ABC’s “DANCING WITH THE STARS.” Wilson said, “I have been invited, twice actually” (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 3/1)….Pro Football HOFer DAN MARINO listed his 9,250-square-foot Parkland, Fla., home for $2.95M, which is “exactly what” he paid for it in ‘05 (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 2/28)….Golfer GRAEME MCDOWELL said that his wife, KRISTIN, “is pregnant with their first child.” The baby girl “is due at the end of August” (AP, 2/28).