Names In The News
Bucks F GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO declined an opportunity to star in “SPACE JAM 2” with LEBRON JAMES. Being in the movie, which begins filming this summer, would have "required him to give up two weeks of private workouts to train with his fellow stars while making the movie, a total non-starter, given Antetokounmpo’s reclusive tendencies." He said, "I don’t like being Hollywood" (ESPN.com, 4/9). Heat G DWYANE WADE said he has "yet to be approached" by James about potentially being in the sequel. Wade said, "That's his movie, that's his thing. So if they reach out and it's something that cool for me to do, then I'll look into doing it. If not, then support the movie like always" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 4/9).
NAMES: A Houston-area woman has "filed suit against the Astros, alleging she suffered a broken finger when her left hand was struck by a T-shirt fired from an air-powered cannon wielded" by the team's mascot, Orbit, at a game at Minute Maid Park last July. JENNIFER HARUGHTY is seeking damages in excess of $1M from the Astros (HOUSTONCHRONICLE.com, 4/9)....Former NFLer TEDY BRUSCHI on Monday will run his third Boston Marathon on behalf of his foundation, Tedy's Team, which focuses on stroke awareness (BOSTONHERALD.com, 4/10)....Patriots S DEVIN MCCOURTY and CB JASON MCCOURTY next month will give the commencement speech at Rutgers, the twin brothers' alma mater (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 4/9)....MLB.com Mets beat writer ANTHONY DICOMO is "teaming up" with DAVID WRIGHT on the former Mets 3B's memoir (POLITICO.com, 4/9)....Braves RF NICK MARKAKIS’ home was broken into and “five firearms and $20,000 in cash” was stolen (AJC.com, 4/10).
IN MEMORY: World Golf HOFer MARILYNN SMITH died yesterday at age 89. Smith, who was one of golf’s “treasures,” was one of the 13 women who “founded the LPGA” in ’50. Smith’s death leaves SHIRLEY SPORK and MARLENE HAGGE as the “only living LPGA founders.” Smith was also the “first recipient of the Patty Berg Distinguished Service Award,” and the World Golf HOF “credits her” and HOFer KATHY WHITWORTH as being the first female TV commentators (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 4/9).