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Volume 24 No. 155
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Weekend Briefs....

AT&T and DirecTV planned to meet today "to approve a combination of the two companies," with AT&T paying "almost" $50B, according to sources. The deal was expected to be announced "as soon as Sunday afternoon" (, 5/18).

adidas Chair & CEO Herbert Hainer said that preparing the company "for a change at the top when his contract ends in 2017 will be among his biggest priorities" (REUTERS, 5/17).

Walt Disney Studios' "Millon Dollar Arm" opened this weekend and "failed to attract a broad audience," bringing in $10.5M at the U.S. box office (, 5/18).

The Twins today held a pregame ceremony to honor Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman. The team announced that a renovated north Minneapolis baseball field will be named in Hartman's honor (, 5/17).

Last night's Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado welterweight bout drew "a raucous pro-Marquez crowd of 12,090" to The Forum in Inglewood, Calf. It was the "first fight at the refurbished Forum, which had not hosted a boxing card since 2001" (, 5/18).

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson yesterday "won the 35-39 age group at the Over The Mountain Triathlon" in Kings Mountain, N.C., prior to competing in the Sprint Cup All-Star Race last night. He "finished 11th overall out of 119" male participants (AP, 5/17).

Massachusetts elevator inspectors "were at Fenway Park Saturday, trying to determine how a 22-year-old woman fell two stories down an elevator shaft late Friday night" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/18).