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Names In The News

New Univ. of Houston AD CHRIS PEZMAN "agreed to a three-year deal that could pay up to $525,000 annually." Pezman will earn a "base salary of $375,000 during the term of the contract, which runs through Jan. 7, 2021." There also is an "option for a one-year extension after 12 months of the job" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 12/15)....Colorado State football coach MIKE BOBO has "received a three-year contract extension" through '22. Bobo will earn a base salary of $1.8M starting in '18 with "annual increases of $100,000." Bobo’s salary will max out at $2.2M in '22 plus any bonus compensation (DENVER POST, 12/15).

COURT REPORT: Two Florida men have sued NASCAR and Daytona Int'l Speedway for injuries "allegedly suffered when AUSTIN DILLON's car flew into the catch fence on the final lap" of the July '15 NASCAR Cup race. JOHN and WAYNE VANPATTEN made the claim in separate lawsuits. There was "no description in the lawsuits of the specific injuries except that they continue to recover from them." The lawsuits "do not indicate their relation" (ESPN.com, 12/14).

SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Denver Int'l Airport travelers recently were invited to the airport's "temporary Zen Room to escape from the usual bustle of the airport and answer football trivia for prizes." After some Broncos "swag was handed out," former QB PEYTON MANNING "walked in." Manning "signed autographs, took selfies and gave out some hugs and handshakes." It was "part of a campaign to promote DIA's efforts to make traveling more fun and less stressful this holiday season" (COLORADOAN.com, 12/14).

NAMES: Patriots QB TOM BRADY's just-launched TB12 Method app "promises to help users 'build positive daily habits that lead to greater health, well-being, and vitality.'" After a free, one-week trial, a premium subscription "costs $19.99 per month, or $199.99 for a year." The app is Brady's "bid to expand his lifestyle brand" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/15)....A group of Celtics players, including Fs JAYLEN BROWNMARCUS MORRIS and C AL HORFORD, teamed up with the Celtics Shamrock Foundation on Thursday for their "annual holiday visit with pediatric patients" at Boston Children's Hospital (BOSTON HERALD, 12/15)....76ers F BEN SIMMONS on Thursday brought four Philadelphia families to a local Target "for a shopping spree" (PHILLY.com, 12/14)....Red Sox IF BROCK HOLT and 2B DEVEN MARRERO stopped by Suffolk Univ. on Thursday with an “adorable puppy as part of the Great Dog Rescue, which promotes puppy adoption,” while other Red Sox players -- Marrero and Ps ROBBY SCOTT, BRIAN JOHNSON, MATT BARNES and HEATH HEMBREE -- “paid a visit to Boston Children’s Hospital” (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/15)....PINK “will perform” at Nomadic Live on Feb. 2 as part of the Super Bowl LII festivities (STARTRIBUNE.com, 12/14).

IN MEMORY
: ESPN Founding Chair STUART EVEY died Dec. 8 in Spokane, Wash., at the age of 84 due to “complications of diabetes.” Evey was an exec for Getty Oil and “recommended that the company invest in the start-up that became ESPN and then took an active role in its management for five years” (N.Y. TIMES, 12/15).