Names In The News
Former U.S. Olympic figure skater ADAM SCHMIDT filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against U.S. Figure Skating, Onyx Ice Arena and Olympic coach RICHARD CALLAGHAN, claiming that he was "sexually abused" in the years after the sport's NGB "dismissed complaints of sexual misconduct" against Callaghan. Schmidt trained with Callaghan "as a teenager in Michigan" from about '99-01 (ABCNEWS.GO.com, 8/9).
NOT A GOOD LOOK: Pro gamer TYLER "NINJA" BLEVINS posted a video "chastising Twitch for not only using his dormant channel to promote other streamers, but to let porn find its way into those recommendations." Blevins felt the streaming platform, which he left earlier this month to move to Microsoft's Mixer platform, was "tarnishing his brand." Kids "could have seen this material, and he didn't have any control over it." While Ninja "apologized, he also stressed that he was trying to get rid of the promotions, if not remove the Twitch channel altogether" (ENGADGET.com, 8/11).
WEDDING BELLS: Golfer MICHELLE WIE married Warriors Dir of Basketball Operations JONNIE WEST in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Among the 150 or so guests at the wedding of the son of Basketball HOFer JERRY WEST were Wie’s coach DAVID LEADBETTER and his daughter, HALLY, who was a bridesmaid. Also in attendance were STEPHEN CURRY, golfers DANIELLE KANG, JESSICA KORDA, MARINA ALEX, ALISON LEE and ALISON WALSHE, and World Golf HOFers BETH DANIEL and MEG MALLON (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 8/11).
NAMES: The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s “Technology Essentials” feature profiled DALE EARNHARDT JR., who discussed his affinity for Motorsport Simulation’s “iRacing” video game. Earnhardt: “It’s incredible! Wearing an Oculus Go headset, it’s like you’re sitting in a real car going around a real track. As a racer, I wouldn’t drive in VR if the perspective was the least little bit off. It’d bug the hell out of me” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/9)....WNBA Seattle Storm G ALYSHA CLARK through an annual drive has “donated over 10,000 toys” to Seattle’s Children’s Hospital, “including 2,000 this year” (AP, 8/12)....The Red Sox have partnered with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program for the Sox for Socks drive. Volunteers will work games at Fenway Park Aug. 9-11 to “collect new, white socks from fans at every gate” (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/9).