Names In The News
The GoFundMe set up for the children of late Auburn broadcaster ROD BRAMBLETT and his wife, PAULA,received a "generous donation" of $25,000 from Apple CEO and Auburn alumnus TIM COOK. As of yesterday afternoon, the GoFundMe had raised $205,708, with donations from Cook, Auburn baseball coach BUTCH THOMPSON and his wife, ROBIN, NFL Senior VP & Chief Information Officer MICHELLE MCKENNA (an Auburn graduate), Auburn booster RAYMOND HARBERT, Florida AD SCOTT STRICKLIN and several others (AL.com, 5/28).
LAW & ORDER: New Mexico dropped its lawsuit against Chiefs Chair & CEO CLARK HUNT and other defendants, which "accused them in a kickback scheme tied to former Gov. BILL RICHARDSON’s administration," after approving a $5.65M settlement. The lawsuit had "accused Hunt of improperly securing hundreds of millions of dollars in state investment money through a 'pay to play' arrangement 14 years ago with political insiders ANTHONY and MARC CORRERA" (KANSASCITY.com, 5/28).
COME TOGETHER: Representatives from the ED SNIDER and GORDIE HOWE Foundations formed a multiyear partnership yesterday that will "help youths who want to play hockey." The Howe Foundation will present $5,000 per season from the “Mr. Hockey” scholarship to the boys’ program of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. It will also donate $5,000 per season from the “Mrs. Hockey” scholarship to the Snider Hockey girls’ program (PHILLY.com, 5/28).
NAMES: Broncos Dir of Sports Medicine STEVE ANTONOPULOS has been selected by the family of Owner PAT BOWLEN to present him at the Pro Football HOF induction ceremony on Aug. 3 (DENVERPOST.com, 5/28)....N.Y.-based lottery app Jackpocket recently raised $5M in funding, with NBA Commissioner Emeritus DAVID STERN among the investors (FORTUNE.com, 5/28)....Baseball HOF-elect MARIANO RIVERA yesterday outlined “plans for a Honda dealership” that would bear his name to the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville (N.Y.) Civic Association (NEWSDAY.com, 5/28)....A baseball card of Baseball HOFer HONUS WAGNER has been "sold privately” for $1.2M by SCP Auctions (AP, 5/29)....NBA agent KEITH GLASS will release his second book on June 4, titled “7 FOOT MAN-EATING CHICKEN.” The book will feature stories about coach LARRY BROWN’s time with the Knicks and other NBA anecdotes (THE DAILY)....LINDSEY VONN and Predators D P.K. SUBBAN took in today's ROGER FEDERER-OSCAR OTTE match at the French Open (Tennis Channel, 5/29)....RUDY GIULIANI celebrated his 75th birthday in the owner’s box at Yankee Stadium last night for a game against the Padres (NYPOST.com, 5/28).