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U.S. fencer ALEN HADZIC, who competed at the Tokyo Games despite being under investigation for sexual misconduct, is "being blocked from entering events by USA Fencing." The organization has "denied Hadzic's request to enter him in an upcoming competition and will continue to do so 'for the foreseeable future.'" Hadzic's attorney, MICHAEL PALMA, said that he "will fight to protect the fencer's right to participate." Last month, with fallout lingering over Hadzic’s participation in the Olympics, USA Fencing Exec Dir KRIS EKEREN, Communications Dir NICOLE JOMANTAS and General Counsel JIM NEALE resigned (USA TODAY, 10/21).

MADE FOR THE MOVIES: The Disney+ movie about Bucks F GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, his family and their story will be titled "RISE." The film will "premiere on the streaming service sometime" in '22. It tells "the story of the Antetokounmpo family emigrating from Nigeria to Greece, struggling to survive and battling to get Greek citizenship." Real-life brothers UCHE and RAL AGADA will "play young Giannis and THANASIS, with JADEN OSIMUWA and ELIJAH SHOMANKE as their other brothers, KOSTAS and ALEX, respectively" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/21).

BUYERS & SELLERS: Bulls F DEMAR DEROZAN has been revealed as the $4.5M buyer of a River North mansion "sold earlier this month by the ex-wife" of MICHAEL JORDAN. The "six-bedroom, 10,179-square-foot Georgian-style mansion" was purchased by JUANITA VANOY JORDAN in '07. The mansion has "six full bathrooms, three half-bathrooms, four fireplaces, a five-stop elevator, a recreation and billiard room, a theater room, a wine cellar, a library, a three-car heated garage and a roof deck" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/21)....76ers G BEN SIMMONS is selling his N.J. mansion and has an asking price of $5M. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom, 10,477-square-foot house has a "playroom/second office/dog room, movie room featuring a fish tank, three-car garage, plenty of outdoor space and a primary bedroom" (, 10/20).

NAMES: Gonzaga men's basketball coach MARK FEW "has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Idaho following his arrest in September." Few will "pay a $1,000 fine in lieu of spending four days in jail." He was "facing a maximum penalty of six months in jail" ( 10/20)....Jaguars DE DAWUANE SMOOT "unexpectedly delivered his newborn daughter, AHLANI MOON SMOOT, in the living room of their home in Jacksonville at 4 a.m. Tuesday." Smoot and his wife, AUMARI, "did not have enough time to make it to the hospital." The couple was about to leave their house "when Aumari collapsed, and Smoot managed to catch her" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 10/21)....KID ROCK will "serve as the grand marshal" for the NASCAR Cup Series All American 400 race at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 10/21)

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: August 12, 2022

FIFA shifts opener of World Cup; MLB shows well in Iowa; Broncos tab a new president and Boehly retains sports venue design pioneer.  

SBJ Unpacks: MLS All Star Week

Ahead of the MLS All-Star Game, Alex Silverman was joined by CBS Sports' Grant Wahl and World Soccer Talk's Christopher Harris to discuss the current state of MLS. Among the topics discussed: MLS All-Star MLS Expansion MLS-Apple Deal Future of MLS

SBJ I Factor: Jed York

SBJ I Factor: Jed York, presented by Allied Sports SBJ I Factor presented by Allied Sports features an interview with San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York. York is in his 17th year with the organization and his 12th as CEO. He is a two-time SBJ Forty Under 40 honoree as a member of the classes of 2012 and 2013. York talks with SBJ’s Abe Madkour about what he learned from growing up in the sports business, working in multiple departments at the team, the challenges of building Levi’s Stadium, and how his leadership style has evolved through the years. SBJ I Factor is a monthly podcast offering interviews with sports executives who have been recipients of one of the magazine’s awards, such as Forty Under 40, Game Changers and others.

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