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Chargers Chair Dean Spanos has been sued by two nephews who allege he secretly diverted money from family trust that owns 36% of teamGETTY IMAGES

Chargers Chair DEAN SPANOS “has been sued” by two of his nephews who “allege that he secretly diverted money from the family trust that owns 36% of the team.” DIMITRI and LEX ECONOMOU “filed their suit” this week in San Joaquin County. They are the sons of one of Spanos’ sisters, DEA SPANOS BERBERIAN. The nephews claim that Spanos -- with the aid of Chargers Vice Chair and his brother MICHAEL -- “altered the trust” in February ‘18 to “divert money from the trust ‘to themselves personally.’” While specifying no exact dollar figure, the lawsuit “seeks the recovery of all ‘misappropriated’ assets” along with double the damages for the trust (L.A. TIMES, 1/24).

NAMES: Tongan Olympic flag bearer PITA TAUFATOFUA “has raised more than $500,000 for relief” after an underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami devastated his nation (, 1/24)....In “The Rise,” Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist MIKE SIELSKI focuses on when the late NBA HOFer KOBE BRYANT was just a kid. The result is a “compelling origin story” of a time that was not so long ago. Bryant fans “will devour this book.” The book “bogs down a bit” when the focus turns away from his exploits on the court (AP, 1/10).

IN MEMORY:Hockey HOFer CLARK GILLIES died Friday at the age of 67. His former teammate BOB NYSTROM said, “This guy wasn’t liked, he was loved. I’m telling you, this guy was so adored by all the other players because he had such a personality about him.” The shock and emotion “was still reverberating” for the Islanders on Saturday afternoon following the news of Gillies’ death, whose No. 9 sits in the UBS Arena rafters, and "had done so much for the team, and for the community in which it resides" (N.Y. POST, 1/23). Gillies' death was a "body blow thrown pretty much from nowhere to those who knew him, those who knew him from afar, those who benefited from his largesse, the Islanders organization and Long Island itself" (N.Y. POST, 1/24).

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