Names In The News
Jets S RONTEZ MILES has filed a lawsuit against the NFL in relation to a '17 preseason game in which he "broke the orbital bone in his right eye in two places" after another player's hand went through his face mask. The lawsuit alleges that an NFL referee "'demanded' Miles remove the visor that he has worn on his face mask for the entirety of his career." Miles, who "suffers from Alopecia Areata, wears the visor in order to reduce the effects of ocular photosensitivity, which the autoimmune skin disorder can cause." The lawsuit says that Miles "had permission from the Jets to wear the visor," and that the referee was "advised that Miles needed the visor for a medical reason." The medical condition "constituted a disability" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 9/26).
NAMES: Oklahoma State held a Celebration of Life for late booster T. BOONE PICKENS yesterday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The were "hundreds of guests to celebrate its most prominent benefactor" in school history, including speakers Oklahoma Gov. KEVIN STITT, OSU football coach MIKE GUNDY, AD MIKE HOLDER and school President BURNS HARGIS (OKLAHOMAN, 9/26)....Rockets Owner TILMAN FERTITTA has "acquired the Del Frisco's steakhouse chain for an undisclosed price" from private equity owner, L Catterton. Fertitta's restaurant empire Landry's is "expected to assume ownership of the high-end chain's 35 restaurants at the end of October" (N.Y. POST, 9/26)....The Dallas City Council has approved the renaming of a street in front of American Airlines Center after DIRK NOWITZKI. The "short stretch" is now called Nowitzki Way (DALLAS NEWS, 9/26)....Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, Conn., is celebrating NASCAR driver JOEY LOGANO's '18 Monster Energy Cup Series Championship in a "unique four-acre corn maze," which "extends for 2 1/2 miles, the same distance" as the track at Daytona Int'l Speedway (NBCSPORTS.com, 9/25).