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Names In The News

Humphries (r) needed to complete her release by today in order to compete with Team USA
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Humphries (r) needed to complete her release by today in order to compete with Team USA
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Humphries (r) needed to complete her release by today in order to compete with Team USA
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Gold Medal-winning bobsledder KAILLIE HUMPHRIES is "free to pilot bobsleds" for the U.S. after she was "granted her release by Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton." The relationship between Humphries and BCS had "become acrimonious and spilled into civil court" (CP, 9/28). The release letter was issued a few days after Humphries "advised her Calgary-based lawyer JEFFREY RATH to terminate a multi-million dollar lawsuit against BCS, which had been filed in Court of Queen's Bench earlier this month." Humphries had been "invited by USA Bobsled to join their program but to complete the switch of allegiance, Humphries had to provide the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation with her release from BCS on or before Monday" (CALGARY HERALD, 9/29).

OUT INDEFINITELY: Former Chargers team doctor DAVID CHAO has a "new career: helping gamblers analyze injuries." Chao is "launching a new subscription service, which he hopes will give unprecedented insight into the secretive world of NFL injuries." ProFootballDoc.com, which is "free for now, though a paywall is likely coming next year," is "aimed at helping gamblers and fantasy-sports enthusiasts make smarter decisions with their money." Chao and his business partner CRAIG DADO "put together shy of $250,000" to fund the venture, and currently have over 10,000 people signed up (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 9/28).

COMMUNITY MAN: Phillies LF ANDREW MCCUTCHEN beginning Nov. 16 will "spend eight days working" in the Pittsburgh community in what is being dubbed as "Project Pittsburgh." McCutchen, who played for the Pirates from '09-17, will "work with Habitat for Humanity and the 412 Food Rescue." He will also "spend time at The Free Store in Braddock and the Light of Life Mission in the North Side, and he'll work with Macy's to outfit high school seniors from the Hill District with dress clothes for job interviews." The series of events "arose as a collaboration between McCutchen and his wife, MARIA" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 9/27).

ON THE BOOKSHELF: Disney Chair & CEO BOB IGER's "THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME" book is a "compelling mogul memoir." Iger in the book is "personable and orderly, and passionate about technology, cartoon and sci-fi characters, sports and news, all central to Disney's dominance" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/27).

NAMES: Mets fan ALEX SWANSON was "blasted in the face with a T-shirt cannon in Citi Field, knocking him unconscious and nearly blinding him, according to a new lawsuit." Swanson said that the shirt left his "retina dangling by a thread" after he was hit by it during a June 5 Giants-Mets game (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/30)....U.S. Sen. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-N.Y.) met with Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN at the Regency hotel restaurant in N.Y. Friday (POLITICO.com, 9/28)....Longtime WBZ-FM Red Sox reporter JON MILLER was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters HOF on Friday (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/29).......WNBA Atlanta Dream F ANGEL MCCOUGHTRY "plans to expand her Atlanta-based business, McCoughtry's Ice Cream, and open up a Louisville store" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 9/29).