Names In The News
The Cavaliers will "name the media space at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse" after late TV play-by-play man FRED MCLEOD, who "passed away unexpectedly" on Sept. 9. The Fred McLeod TV Studio and Media Workroom, which was "recently revamped and expanded as part of the arena's transformation project, is where home and visiting team media members gather before and after games to hear from -- and interview" -- Cavs coach JOHN BEILEIN (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 9/19).
TURNING THE PAGE: The "legal saga" between former Univ. of Louisville men's basketball coach RICK PITINO and the school's Athletic Association is "finally over." The UL yesterday announced it has "reached a settlement" with Pitino. As part of the agreement, Pitino's departure from the school "will be changed in his personnel file to be considered a resignation" and he will "not receive any money." UL and Pitino also "agreed to mutually drop all claims and said they will not pursue further legal action" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 9/18).
ONGOING FEUD: Gold Medal-winning Canadian bobsledder KAILLIE HUMPHRIES said that she "won't race for Canada as long as the country's sport governing body is run by its current management." Humphries wants Bobsleigh Canada to "release her to compete" for the U.S. She "forced the issue this week by filing a court injunction against the Canadian organization, but a judge did not rule in her favour." Humphries wants out because of what she "feels is mishandling of a harassment complaint she filed over a year ago and punishment from her own organization for filing that complaint." She also "launched a multimillion-dollar lawsuit" against Bobsleigh Canada last week (CP, 9/18).
NAMES: Former Univ. of Minnesota football linebackers coach MIKE SHERELS reached a $1M settlement with the school's Medical Center Fairview for a '16 treatment that "left him in a coma fighting for his life" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/19)....Suns C DEANDRE AYTON and Cardinals WR LARRY FITZGERALD will hold a charity event at Ocean 44 in Scottsdale on Monday at 6:00pm MT to support Hurricane Dorian relief efforts (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 9/18)....Mavericks President of Basketball Operations & GM DONNIE NELSON assembled a group to contribute to the "future of Reverchon Park's historic baseball field" in Dallas. Dodgers P CLAYTON KERSHAW and his wife ELLEN's charity, Kershaw's Challenge, will construct a new field at the park (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/18)....Patriots RB JAMES WHITE hosted the Sweet Feet for Strikes bowling tournament fundraiser to support the Boston Medical Center. A handful of other Patriots players attended the event, including TOM BRADY (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/18).