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The Angels have "pushed back against a motion by federal prosecutors to compel the organization to comply with a subpoena linked to the overdose death" of P TYLER SKAGGS, describing the request as a "'fishing expedition' in a court filing after the team handed over more than 350,000 documents during the past two years." The response comes two months before the trial of former Angels Communications Dir ERIC KAY is scheduled to start. Kay was indicted last year on "counts of conspiring to 'possess with the intent to distribute' fentanyl and distributing the drug that allegedly led to Skaggs' death" (L.A. TIMES, 9/9).

MORE LEGAL MATTERS: A longtime MLB scout has "sued the Dodgers, alleging the team violated age discrimination laws in declining to renew his contract" for the '21 season. TIM SCHMIDT, 65, is the plaintiff, and the other three scouts, as cited in the suit, "are over 60." Schmidt joined the Dodgers in '17 and received merit-based salary increases in '18 and '19, but the suit "alleges the team subjected him to 'adverse job assignments' and 'unwarranted criticism' because of his age, then declined to renew his contract for the same reason" (L.A. TIMES, 9/9)....The Texas chapter of the NAACP and a group of students have "filed a federal civil rights complaint against the University of Texas for its continued use of school song 'The Eyes of Texas.'" The complaint "alleges that Black students, athletes, band members, faculty and alumni are being subjected to violations of the Civil Rights Act and a hostile campus environment over the 'offensive,' 'disrespectful' and 'aggressive' use of the song." The NAACP and the students "want the federal government to withhold funding from the university" (AP, 9/8).

BUYERS & SELLERS: Buccaneers co-Owner DARCIE GLAZER KASSEWITZ is kicking off a new $55M listing for the "2-acre lakefront estate she shares with her husband in Palm Beach." The Estate Section property has about "220 feet of frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway." The six-bedroom estate includes "the main residence, a pool cabana and a detached guesthouse with a combined 16,491-square feet of living space" (PALM BEACH DAILY NEWS, 9/9).

NAMES: WWE's PAUL "TRIPLE H" LEVESQUE is "recovering after suffering a cardiac event." Levesque underwent a procedure last week "following a cardiac event that was caused by a genetic heart issue." He is "expected to make a full recovery" (WRESTLING OBSERVER, 9/8).

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