Archives for March 2014

Grant Hill Honored by Orlando Magic

ORLANDO, FL — In celebration of “Legends Nights,” former Orlando Magic legend and seven-time NBA All-Star, Grant Hill, was honored by the Orlando Magic at the end of the first quarter during the March 25 matchup vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. The evening featured a center court presentation at the end of the first quarter. Hill joined FOX Sports Florida’s broadcasts including Magic Live pregame show with hosts Paul Kennedy and Nick Anderson and join broadcasters David Steele and Jeff Turner for a portion of the game broadcast.

Photo shows NBA All-Star, Grant Hill announcing his retirement after 19 season in  the NBA.

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Magic Johnson Named Keynote Speaker at 2014 NRA Show

CHICAGO, IL. — Former NBA legend and business entrepreneur, Earwin “Magic” Johnson, will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show scheduled for this coming May. Johnson’s keynote address will be held at 2 p.m. in McCormick Place’s Grand Ballroom on May 18. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The keynote address is open to all registered NRA Show 2014 attendees, exhibitors and media, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest annual gathering of restaurant, food service and lodging professionals in the world.

Photo shows magic Johnson speaking n Feb 2014 with the Breakfast Club Power.

Photo shows Magic Johnson speaking n Feb 2014 with The Breakfast Club.

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Atlanta Braves Knuckleball Pitcher Phil Niekro Signs Autographs at Newman Stores Opening

NEWNAN, GA. — Hall of Fame knuckleball pitcher, Phil Niekro, appeared at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Newnan, Georgia for the Newnan store’s grand opening on Weds, March 18, to meet an greet fans & to sign autographs. The event began at 10 a.m., but fans arrived at the store as early as 7:30 a.m. to get their tickets in order to to meet the former Atlanta Braves pitcher.

Photo shows Phil Niekro signing autographs on March 19, 2014 at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet for the Grand opening of Newnan Stores in Newnan, Georgia. Photo Credit: Time Herald.

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Ernie Banks Named Guest Speaker at Lipscomb Fundraiser

NASHVILLE, TN. — ‘Mr. Cub’ Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks, has been named the guest speaker at the sixth annual fundraiser at Allen Arena on April 19 for its Don Meyer Evening of Excellence. In the past, guest speakers included Tim Tebow, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, former Butler coach Brad Stevens, who is now with the Boston Celtics, and Phil, Si and Kay Robertson from TV’s “Duck Dynasty.”

Photo shows Mr. Cub' Hall of Famer Ernie Banks speaking with CNN November 2013 shortly after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Photo shows ‘Mr. Cub’ Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks, speaking with CNN in a November 2013 interview shortly after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Pete Rose to Sign Autographs in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Ca. — Former Cinncinnati Reds legend, Pete Rose, is coming to Winnipeg on Saturday, April 26, at a pay-per-autograph event at The Park Theatre where Rose will sign autographs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the event range in price from $20 to $40 and can be purchased through the Park Theatre, Music Trader or online. A ticket to the event will guarantee the purchaser a chance to meet baseball’s controversial MLB legend.

Photo shows Pete Rose speaking with Keith Olberman in October 2013 about progress on his MLB reinstatement, PED users in the majors and the 2013 World Series.

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Retired Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Troy Aikman Named Keynote Speaker at OneShow Opening Session in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL. — Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Troy Aikman, has been named the Keynote speaker at OneShow Opening Session presented by the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA). The keynote event will take place at the opening general session on Wednesday, April 9. Aikman’s speech will follow opening remarks by NAMA Chair Pete Tullio and the annual State of the Industry address from NAMA CEO Carla Balakgie. Brad Sham, the longtime radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys, will also interview Aikman onstage.

Photo shows Troy Aikman speaking with Chris Myers in a November 2013 interview about his career.

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Herm Edwards Named Keynote Speaker at Big Green Dinner

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — ESPN analyst and former NFL head coach, Herm Edwards, has been named the keynote speaker at the 36th annual Big Green Dinner. The event, presented by the Francis Charitable Foundation, will be held on Friday, April 7 p.m. in the Henderson Center located in Clarksburg, W.Va. Individual tickets for the event are $80 and VIP reception/table sponsorships are $2,000.

Photo shows former NFL head coach and current NFL analyst for ESPN Herm Edwards delivering a motivational speech In August 2013 to the University of Alabama football team.

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Broncos Free Agent Eric Decker Signs 5 Year $36.25 Million Contract With New York Jets

In an announcement that came on Wednesday night, March 13, the NY Jets have agreed to terms with Denver Broncos free agent Eric Decker. The deal is for five years and worth $36.25 million with $15 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Denver Broncos free agent Eric Decker accepts NY Jets lucrative five year contract worth $36.25 million with $15 million guaranteed. The announcement came on March 12, 2014. ... Read More

Cal Ripken Jr to Appear For 'Squeeze Play' Book Signing at Amway Center in Orlando

ORLANDO, FL — Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken Jr., will appear along with the Washington Wizards on Friday, March 14th, at Amway Center in Orlando. The Florida League and Orlando Magic have partnered to provide Florida League fans a unique game night opportunity. Fans can purchase their own ticket package that includes entry to the game, a copy of the book “Squeeze Play”, and an exclusive signing of the book with Cal Ripken Jr.

Photo shows retired Baltimore Orioles shortstop and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. in January 2014 speaking with Adam Schein about A-Rod controversy.

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Ozzie Smith to be Keynote Speaker at Semoball Awards Banquet

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. — St. Louis Cardinals legend, Ozzie Smith will be the keynote speaker at the Semoball Awards banquet to be held on June 21 at the Show Me Center. The annoucement was made on February 10 by, a regional sports website contributed to by five daily newspapers in Southeast Missouri. The Show Me Center is located on the Southeast Missouri State University campus, in Cape Girardeau.

Photo shows St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith speaking with FoxNews in February 2014 about White House petition to make baseball’s Opening Day a national holiday.

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