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Michigan AD Warde Manuel (l) joined the CFP selection committee along with three other new membersGETTY IMAGES

Michigan AD WARDE MANUEL has "joined the College Football Playoff selection committee" along with former longtime coach JIM GROBE, Navy AD CHET GLADCHUK and former longtime USA Today sportswriter KELLY WHITESIDE. The four new members will "begin three-year terms this spring." NC State AD BOO CORRIGAN, who is entering his second season on the committee, will "chair the 13-member group" (, 1/25).

CRYPTO ISSUES: Rams WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. in late November announced he would be "converting $750,000 of his 2021 pay into bitcoin as part of an agreement with the payment service Cash App." But since the "all-time highs in early November," prices for cryptocurrencies have "cratered." If Beckham "converted that amount in a lump sum at the time, it could be worth as little as $35,000 now, after factoring in bitcoin’s slide and his tax burden on the original payment" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/26).

BUYERS & SELLERS: A limited liability company led by Mariners Chair JOHN STANTON has "sold a development property in downtown Bellevue" for $11M. Main Street Partners of Bellevue had "purchased the property in 2013" for $3.9M (, 1/25)....Husband-and-wife wrestling duo MIKE “THE MIZ” and MARYSE MIZANIN are "shopping around their English-style manor" in Westlake Village, Calif., for $12.5M. The couple "remodeled the interior" of the more than 10,000 square feet home during their stay. It features a "back patio complete with a swimming pool and cabana with an outdoor kitchen," while a "guesthouse, pool house and six-car garage complete the compound" (L.A. TIMES, 1/26).

NAMES: DAVID ORTIZ is "going to Cooperstown on his first year of eligibility." He is the 58th player to be elected to the Baseball HOF as a "first-ballot player." He "received 77.9% (304 of the 394 ballots cast) to gain entry." BARRY BONDS, ROGER CLEMENS, CURT SCHILLING and SAMMY SOSA "fell off the ballot" of the BBWAA after their 10 years of eligibility expired (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/26)....TIGER WOODS is "expanding his chain of golf entertainment centers called PopStroke" into the Tampa area. The new location will "break ground on Feb. 2," and is "expected to open this fall, possibly in late October." PopStroke includes "high-concept putting courses, dining and playgrounds." Each location has "two 18-hole mini golf courses designed by Woods and his TGR Design team." There are "Augusta-like holes created in miniature that incorporate fairways, bunkers and rough as seen on traditional golf courses" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 1/26)....A 1999 SI For Kids Series 4 SERENA WILLIAMS Rookie card has "sold for $117,000." This "shatters the record for a women's sports card." The previous record for a women's sports card was $44,280, set by Williams (, 1/25).

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