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Names In The News

Dolphins Owner STEPHEN ROSS donated $50M to the Univ. of Michigan, bringing the total amount he has given to his alma mater to $378M. The contribution will "support the Stephen M. Ross School of Business" (, 9/20).

LISTEN UP: TNT's CHARLES BARKLEY took part in the SMU Athletic Forum yesterday, where he said that he would "like to get the opportunity to impart words of wisdom" to Cowboys RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT. Barkley: "Being a famous person is not like being a normal person. You can take your time growing up as a normal person. You can make mistakes and nobody hears about it. We don't have that luxury." His advice for Elliott "would be simple." Barkley: "Get some good friends" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/21).

MAKE A WISH: Lions coach JIM CALDWELL had his team sing happy birthday to Owner MARTHA FORD after Monday night's 24-10 win over the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Ford, who celebrated her 92nd birthday on Saturday, "attended the game with two of her daughters." After Caldwell "got done addressing his players, he called for the Ford family to enter the locker room and instructed players to sing her a birthday song" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/20).

JAY-Z reportedly has "turned down" an offer to perform during the Super Bowl LII halftime show (, 9/20)....Suns Owner ROBERT SARVER and Suns Charities awarded a $1M grant to refurbish, restore and build 50 basketball courts throughout Arizona to commemorate the team's 50th season in Phoenix (Suns)....Patriots QB TOM BRADY donated $100,000 and coach BILL BELICHICK gave $50,000 to the fundraising effort Texans DE J.J. WATT started to "benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/21)....The son of late boxer ROCKY MARCIANO "debuted a new wine bearing his name this week in the Boston area" called Rocky Marciano Montepulciano d' Abruzzo. There is also a movie "in the works about Rocky, to be produced by YOCHANAN MARCELLINO" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/21)....Former MLBer RAUL MONDESI was sentenced to eight years in prison yesterday for his "involvement in a government corruption scandal in his native Dominican Republic." Mondesi was also "fined 60 million pesos after he was found guilty" (N.Y. POST, 9/21).