Names In The News
MLB Cardinals P ADAM WAINWRIGHT, along with several teammates and Pro Football HOFer MARSHALL FAULK and former NFLer KURT WARNER, this Friday will participate in the "second Waino's World fantasy football draft" at Busch Stadium prior to Padres-Cardinals. The event, a fundraiser for Wainwright's charity, "has spread to 10 major-league cities" and involves players like Dodgers P CLAYTON KERSHAW, Tigers P MAX SCHERZER and Mets 3B DAVID WRIGHT. Reds CF SKIP SCHUMAKER "organizes the Cincinnati branch," while Phillies P COLE HAMELS and Braves 1B FREDDIE FREEMAN will head up their teams' drafts. Wainwright "hopes an experience that raised over $121,000 last season will approach" $2M this year (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 8/11).
THREE-POINT PLAY: In Sacramento, Marcos Breton writes there are several reasons for Mayor KEVIN JOHNSON "to become Sacramento's first three-term mayor since the city was incorporated in 1850." Johnson is a "frequent guest at the White House" and the 48-year-old is "ascending within worlds not normally frequented by former professional basketball players." Breton: "He said he wanted to enhance Sacramento's self-image, and he's doing it" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 8/9).
HONORS & AWARDS: The Motorsports HOF of America on Friday inducted RUSTY WALLACE, ARIE LUYENDYK, JIM FRANCE and DON PANOZ as part of its 26th induction ceremony. Daytona Int'l Speedway President JOIE CHITWOOD III served as the event's Honorary Chair (Motorsports HOF)....Astros broadcaster MILO HAMILTON yesterday was named to the Des Moines Register's Iowa Sports HOF (CHRON.com, 8/10)....Broncos Exec VP/Football Operations JOHN ELWAY and former MLBer RANDY JOHNSON were elected to the Single-A New York-Penn League HOF (DENVERPOST.com, 8/9).
NAMES: Cubs BOD member PETE RICKETTS is the Republican nominee in the Nebraska gubernatorial race. He would "remain on the Cubs board" should he win the election (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/9)....Sports commentator AHMAD RASHAD and NBA free agent RAY ALLEN played golf with PRESIDENT OBAMA over the weekend on Martha's Vineyard (THEHILL.com, 8/9)....Chinese film director ZHANG YIMOU will make a "promotional film to boost" Beijing's efforts to land the '22 Winter Games. Zhang directed the Opening and Closing ceremonies during the '08 Beijing Games (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 8/11)....Premier Sports & Entertainment's GARY UBERSTINE sold a 2,520-square-foot townhouse in Manhattan Beach, Calif., for $3.139M (LATIMES.com, 8/8)....Red Sox Manager of Media Relations & Baseball Information JON SHESTAKOFSKY married STEPH MARCUS over the weekend (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/10).