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Hundreds of people gathered Thursday at Auburn Arena to pay their respects to longtime Auburn radio play-by-play man ROD BRAMBLETT and wife, PAULA, who both "died last Saturday from injuries" sustained in a car crash. Attendees included former Auburn AD JAY JACOBS, CBS broadcaster GARY DANIELSON and Alabama broadcasters ELI GOLD and CHRIS STEWART (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 5/31).
THE GOOD STUFF: The Buccaneers on Thursday held their seventh annual Cut for a Cure event, as team staff and players, including COO BRIAN FORD and coach BRUCE ARIANS, "received buzzcuts and had their hair colored to benefit pediatric cancer awareness and research." The event "raised more than $100,000 for the Tampa-based National Pediatric Cancer Foundation" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 5/31)....Redskins coach JAY GRUDEN and several players "participated in the #CrackCancer initiative for Brain Cancer Awareness Month" by "smashing an egg onto their heads" (NBCSPORTSWASHINGTON.com, 5/30)....The Oilers made a C$1M donation to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (Oilers)....Eagles QB CARSON WENTZ on Friday night will host the second annual AO1 Foundation charity softball game at Citizens Bank Park (PHILLY.com, 5/30).
NAMES: BILL RUSSELL will receive ESPN's Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on July 10 (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/31)....A committee of Ohio State trustees voted to "revoke the emeritus status of a team doctor found to have sexually abused young men throughout his two decades there." The full BOT could vote Friday on "canceling the mark of distinguished service for RICHARD STRAUSS," who died in '05. It "would be a symbolic rebuke, removing only an honorary label" (AP, 5/30)....Cavaliers F KEVIN LOVE, Clippers F LUC MBAH A MOUTE and Pelicans F JULIUS RANDLE are among the athletes taking ANITA ELBERSE's four-day "Business of Entertainment, Media & Sports" class at Harvard Business School this week (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/31).