Names In The News
Cavaliers F LEBRON JAMES as part of his eponymous mentoring program sent 23 ambassadors to New Orleans as part of All-Star Weekend, where they will "spend the first two days of their trip rebuilding homes in the old city's ravaged neighborhoods." The ambassadors are all in high school and attend either Akron Public Schools or St. Vincent-St. Mary's, James' alma mater. This is the third season in which James has "sent Akron students to the All-Star host city, but the first in which their mission is so focused" (CLEVELAND.com, 2/16).
Michaels will be given the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football this month
IN MEMORY: Southern California Sports Broadcasters HOFer MIKE WALDEN, best known for his coverage of USC and UCLA sports, died Sunday at the age of 89 from "complications related to a stroke." Walden "occupied his own space in the constellation of iconic Southern California sportscasters of his time -- CHICK HEARN, VIN SCULLY, DICK ENBERG, BOB MILLER." Walden called USC football games from '66-72 before going on to "call games for UCLA for 18 more years." Wider exposure for Walden "came on the small screen, as part of the 'SUPER DAVE' television comedy series." Playing himself, Walden would "interview Super Dave Osborne, an ill-fated daredevil, before and after his doomed stunts." The show lasted 95 episodes and aired on Showtime (L.A. TIMES, 2/17).