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Names In The News

NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is the fifth NRA board member to resign this month
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NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is the fifth NRA board member to resign this month
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NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is the fifth NRA board member to resign this month
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NASCAR team owner RICHARD CHILDRESS has "submitted his resignation" to the NRA BOD. This "marks the fifth resignation" from the board since Aug. 1 amid "questions about apparent lavish spending and mismanagement by top executives." Childress had also been serving as NRA First VP (NEWSWEEK.com, 8/20).

NAMES: A source said that Seahawks QB GENO SMITH has "ditched JAY-Z" and "changed agents." Smith is now represented by Lagardere Sports' CHAFIE FIELDS, who works under JOEL SEGAL. Smith was previously represented by KIM MIALE, who works for Jay-Z’ Roc Nation Sports (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 8/20)....Spurs G PATTY MILLS has "officially launched the community project he has been working on to help alleviate water disparities in his native Australia." He has partnered with Australian Indigenous Basketball and Scottsdale-based Zero Mass to "bring clean drinking water to remote communities" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/20)....WOLFGANG PUCK and his team are “finalizing a partnership” with multiple Golden Knights players that “would convert his Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in Downtown Summerlin into a sports restaurant and lounge.” Puck “predicts the restaurant will close for seven to 10 days in October or November to accommodate a remodel that will include new furniture and signage, and as well as new screens on which to watch hockey games and other sporting events.” Puck’s name will “remain attached to the rechristened restaurant” (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 8/20).

IN MEMORY: JIM HARDY, whose name was “synonymous” with the Rose Bowl, L.A. Memorial Coliseum and “all things football,” died Friday of natural causes in his home. After a “successful business career," Hardy served as L.A. Coliseum GM from '73-86 (L.A. TIMES, 8/20).