Names In The News
"Jeopardy!" champion and professional gambler JAMES HOLZHAUER yesterday appeared on MLB Network's "MLB Now" wearing a Cubs jersey. Holzhauer said his newfound fame has led to "some interesting offers" that have been "floated my way." He said, "I can't really talk about them right now, but there (is) some potentially life-changing stuff out there if the opportunities are right. ... I have to make some hard decisions." Holzauer said of growing up a Cubs fan, "My whole life path was shaped when I cam home from school as a kid I had a couple hours at the TV while my dad was still at work. In Chicagoland, they had afternoon 'Jeopardy!' and afternoon Cubs games. ... It's what got me interested in 'Jeopardy!' and sports statistics at a young age" ("MLB Now," MLB Network, 5/7).
THE GOOD STUFF: ANDRE AGASSI's Foundation for Education will "work with UNLV and invest in the effort by the athletic department to upgrade its academic support system." Funding from Agassi’s foundation will "help move along the creation of the Center for Student-Athlete Excellence inside Lied Athletic Complex" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 5/8)....Panthers WR D.J. MOORE and former NFLer JONATHAN STEWART separately visited with UNC Charlotte sportswriter DREW PESCARO at a Charlotte hospital following Pescaro's injuries in last week's school shooting. TIM TEBOW also "facetimed with him" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/8).
BEHIND THE WHEEL: Clippers G LANDRY SHAMET is profiled in the WALL STREET JOURNAL's "My Ride" feature. Shamet, 22, drives a '18 Jaguar XJL, a purchase he settled on after deciding he was "not going to buy 10 super expensive cars" after getting drafted last year. The ride features massage seats and "custom Savini wheels, which have black and silver metal that match the car’s paint and the silver accent that lines the windows" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/8).
NAMES: Bills and Sabres co-Owners TERRY and KIM PEGULA's bid to gain control of Rand Capital has "won the backing of a pair of influential investor advisory firms that reviewed the proposed deal" (BUFFALO NEWS, 5/8)....Former NBAer CHANNING FRYE is "teaming up with Sibling Revelry Brewing" in Westlake, Ohio, to "brew a special fruited IPA." Proceeds will benefit Athletes vs Crohn’s & Colitis, a charity co-founded by Cavaliers F LARRY NANCE JR. (OHIO.com, 5/6)....Blackhawks G COREY CRAWFORD has been "selected to drive the pace car" before Saturday's IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/8)....A's DH KHRIS DAVIS distributed a Nintendo Switch to each of his teammates yesterday, with Nintendo mascots Mario and Luigi on hand in the team's clubhouse (A's).
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CBS Sports President DAVID BERSON will be honored at UJA-Federation of New York’s Sports for Youth luncheon on Wednesday, May 22, at 11:30am ET at the Roosevelt Hotel in N.Y. CBS Sports announcer IAN EAGLE will emcee, and CBS Sports Chair SEAN MCMANUS will present Berson with the award. The luncheon raises funds for UJA's Sports for Youth initiative, which brings the life-changing impact of participating in sports to kids of every age, athletic ability and background. To purchase tickets or for more information: Kelly Grunther, 212-836-1423 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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