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Volume 25 No. 214
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Names In The News

A Packers fan has "lost his court bid to don his Green Bay gear and stand on the sidelines" at Soldier Field before Sunday’s Packers-Bears game. A federal court judge in Chicago on Thursday "denied the temporary restraining order and injunction sought by Green Bay resident RUSSELL BECKMAN against the Bears." That means on Sunday, Beckman, who is a Bears season-ticket holder, "will not be allowed to wear his Packers jersey and accessories at a pre-game event on the Bears sidelines." In June '17, Beckman "filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago against the Bears, alleging that in 2016 the team barred him from the pregame event at the Bears-Packers game because of his Packers gear." The suit also named the NFL as a defendant, but the league "was successful in getting removed from the case" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 12/13).

NO TOLERANCE: Riot Games has suspended COO SCOTT GELB for "two months without pay following an internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct against him." Gelb's suspension comes after "several current and former Riot employees alleged that he repeatedly touched their testicles and made other inappropriate contact for comedic effect." Riot said that Gelb, 40, will be "required to undergo unspecified 'training'" (ESPN.com, 12/14).

Islanders players met with young patients and their families at NYU Winthrop Hospital on Thursday
Photo: ISLANDERS

THE GOOD STUFF: Islanders players MATHEW BARZAL, CAL CLUTTERBUCK, JORDAN EBERLE and NICK LEDDY met with young patients and their families at NYU Winthrop Hospital on Thursday, "handing out presents and memorabilia" (NEWSDAY.com, 12/14)....Pelicans F ANTHONY DAVIS "hosted a shopping spree" on Thursday for New Orleans-area kids at a local Target store (NOLA.com, 12/13)....Panthers QB CAM NEWTON on Tuesday hosted his fifth annual Surprise Sleigh, making five stops throughout Charlotte, "distributing $100,000 worth of cash donations and gift cards, along with gifts specific to each location" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/13)....Lakers F KYLE KUZMA on Tuesday "surprised 25 kids" from the Weingart East L.A. YMCA with a special visit and shopping spree at a local JC Penny (DAILYNEWS.com, 12/11)....Univ. of South Carolina football player DEEBO SAMUEL on Thursday teamed up with Academy Sports to hand out bikes to 50 children at the Greenville Convention Center (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 12/13)....The Charlotte Motor Speedway division of Speedway Children's Charities distributed a record $1.04M in grants to 100 charitable organizations in the Charlotte region that help children in need (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 12/12)....Buccaneers DT GERALD MCCOY on Tuesday treated over 40 single-parent families to a "surprise festive meal and mini Christmas tree full of gifts at his sixth annual McCoy Family Christmas.” The event also “launched McCoy’s new charity, Gerald McCoy’s Patricia Diana Foundation” (TAMPABAY.com, 12/13).

NAMES: Jurors found a “nightclub party to blame" for overserving former Cowboys player JOSH BRENT the night in '12 when he “drove drunk and killed teammate and best friend JERRY BROWN.” The civil court jury “awarded Brown’s mother and his estate” $25M. The Beamers nightclub “shared about half the blame” with Brent -- 48% each -- with the final 4% “lying with the victim” (DALLASNEWS.com, 12/13)....Magic F AARON GORDON last week “helped tip off CodeOrlando with a surprise appearance.” CodeOrlando will use a “popular robotic sphere platform called Sphero to teach students the basic building blocks of computer programming” (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 12/13)....Heat C HASSAN WHITESIDE became a father following the birth of his son JAYDEN (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 12/13).