Names In The News
A former Penn State Dir of Athletic Medicine and football team doctor is "suing the school," coach JAMES FRANKLIN and AD SANDY BARBOUR, "claiming he was ousted after complaining to school officials about being pressured to clear players to return from injuries." DR. SCOTT LYNCH filed suit Friday in Dauphin County, after he was "removed from his position" in March and replaced by DR. WAYNE SEBASTIANELLI, who had held the position until '13. Lynch is "seeking $50,000 in damages" (AP, 8/26).
SHOW & TELL: Members of the Drone Racing League stopped by SBJ HQ in Charlotte yesterday afternoon for meetings and a rooftop demonstration from PAUL NURKKALA, the '18 DRL Allianz World Champion. DRL Chief Partnerships Officer BRYCE TOWNSEND and Dir of Communications MELANIE WALLNER were also on hand to meet with staff and talk about the company's growth (THE DAILY).
HONORS & AWARDS: LARRY BIRD will "present former Celtics coach BILL FITCH" at this year's Basketball HOF induction ceremony on Sept. 6 (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/27). Late former NBAer CHUCK COOPER, the "first black player drafted by an NBA franchise," will "have 10 presenters" at the Basketball HOF induction, including BILL RUSSELL. Late former NBAer CARL BRAUN will be presented by NBA Commissioner Emeritus DAVID STERN and NBA Kings VP/Basketball Operations & GM VLADE DIVAC will be presented by Clippers Senior Advisor JERRY WEST (NBCSPORTSBOSTON.com, 8/26).
NAMES: Steelers QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has invested $2.5M in med-tech company NeoLight as part of the startup’s Series A round of funding (BIZJOURNALS.com, 8/26)....Former Atlantic 10 Associate Commissioner MATT DOHERTY has “teamed with State of Mind Naturals to focus on the sales and marketing of CBD products and their initial target of recreational athletes” (THEATHLETIC.com, 8/26)....BRYCE HARPER’s wife, KAYLA, gave birth to the couple’s first son, KREW ARON HARPER, last Thursday (NBCSPORTS.com, 8/26).