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Names In The News

More than a dozen Ravens players and execs have "written to U.S. Senate leaders urging passage of legislation they say would bring 'much needed change' to the criminal justice system." The First Step Act, pending in the Senate, has "unusual bipartisan support in a Congress often divided on social issues" (BALTIMORE SUN, 11/28). Meanwhile, Google and the 49ers are partnering to contribute $2.35M to the Santa Clara Youth Justice Initiative, an organization that "helps young people caught in the juvenile justice system countywide" (MERCURYNEWS.com, 11/27).

Watt did not host his annual softball game in '17 to focus on rehab and Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
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NAMES: The Milwaukee Business Journal selected Bucks President PETER FEIGIN as one of its '18 Execs of the Year for his "efforts in leading the development and construction of Fiserv Forum" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 11/27)....Texans DE J.J. WATT is "bringing back the J.J. Watt Charity Classic, what used to be the annual softball game featuring Texans players at Minute Maid Park." Watt decided "not to have the event last year as he rehabbed" from a leg injury and also "focused on the recovery from Hurricane Harvey" (HOUSTONCHRONICLE.com, 11/27)....Buccaneers QB JAMEIS WINSTON has "reached a settlement to end the sexual battery lawsuit filed against him by an Arizona Uber driver who accused him of groping her" in March '16 (TAMPABAY.com, 11/27)....Chiefs QB PATRICK MAHOMES yesterday "surprised the players, coaches and parents who'd been lured" to a K.C.-area Dick's Sporting Goods for a "shopping event" (KANSASCITY.com, 11/28)....Rangers SS ELVIS ANDRUS and wife CORI yesterday welcomed their second child, LUCIA ALESSANDRA (DALLASNEWS.com, 11/27).