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Names In The News

Burckle (c) is the latest U.S. Olympian to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment by a coach
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In California, Scott Reid reports former U.S. Olympic swimmer CAROLINE BURCKLE in '11 "began receiving a series of sexually graphic text messages" from U.S. national team coaches SEAN HUTCHISON and BOB BOWMAN. The messages were "sent from a phone that belonged to Bowman, the longtime coach" of medal-winning swimmer MICHAEL PHELPS. Burckle's revelation comes as USA Swimming "finds itself in the midst of a sexual abuse scandal that has drawn Congressional attention" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 7/20).

NBA NAMES: Rockets G CHRIS PAUL hosted the Nickelodeon Kids’ Sports Choice Awards on Thursday, and teammates G GERALD GREEN and F P.J. TUCKER joined him on stage. The event airs Friday on Nickelodeon (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/20)....LEBRON JAMES’ Uninterrupted hosted an ESPYs after-party with guests including Warriors Fs KEVIN DURANT and DRAYMOND GREEN, Paul, DRAKE, 2 CHAINZ, FLOYD MAYWEATHER and JAMIE FOXX (NYPOST.com, 7/19).

NAMES: Sources said that U.S. Rep. DEVIN NUNES (R-Calif.) "used political donations to pay for nearly $15,000 in tickets" to Celtics games as well as "winery tours and lavish trips to Las Vegas." Nunes "used the money from his political action committee last year on three occasions to buy tickets" (FRESNOBEE.com, 7/19)....Championship club Aston Villa announced NSWE, a company partly owned by Bucks co-Owner WES EDENS, has acquired a stake in the club (Aston Villa)....Overwatch League Commissioner NATE NANZER was named to Fortune's Forty Under 40 list. Nanzer is "on the front lines of the world of e-sports." Nanzer has "helped the league secure 12 permanent franchises around the world" by "integrating existing e-sports organizations with traditional sports owners." Nanzer "hopes to take" OWL to continental Europe and the Middle East next season (FORTUNE.com, 7/19)....Eagles C JASON KELCE will play saxophone on stage at the Mann Center "alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra" on Tuesday (PHILLY.com, 7/19)....ESPN’s JALEN ROSE “got secretly married” to fellow ESPN host MOLLY QERIM (NYPOST.com, 7/19).