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On Saturday night in Waco, eight media members were "inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame." The class of ‘20, which "was delayed" because of the COVID-19 pandemic, includes former Ft. Worth Star-Telegram NFL reporter CHAREAN WILLIAMS and columnist RANDY GALLOWAY, Cowboys play-by-play man BRAD SHAM, Rangersplay-by-play man ERIC NADEL, and former Cowboys-Rangers announcer and longtime Univ. of North Texas broadcasting professor BILL MERCER.Recently retired Houston Chronicle NFL reporter JOHN MCCLAIN, APreporter and editor DENNE FREEMAN, and late-KRLD Sports Dir and longtime CBS Sports announcer FRANK GLIEBER are also included (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/23).

NAMES: Baseball HOFer FERGIE JENKINS' statue "was unveiled" next to those of former Cubs teammates ERNIE BANKS, BILLY WILLIAMS and RON SANTO outside of Wrigley Field last Friday (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/21)....Singer KANE BROWN "will serve as grand marshal for the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway on Jun 26" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 5/21)....ADELE and Klutch Sports Group Founder & CEO and United Talent Agency Head of Sports RICH PAUL are "still going strong, as the pair was seen enjoying each other's company while sitting court side" at Mavericks-Warriors last Friday night (PAGESIX.com, 5/22).

IN MEMORY: FRANK FUHRER JR., who owned Pittsburgh sports franchises including the Triangles of World Team Tennis and Spirit of the Major Indoor Soccer League, died at 96. Fuhrer built his South Side beer empire into the 20th largest distributorship in the country, owned nine businesses and even spent "millions of his own money to stage the Family House Invitational for 14 years, a tournament that was considered the best two-day event on the PGA Tour" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 5/21)....Former Cowboys Dir of College & Pro Scouting LARRY LACEWELL passed away at 85 at his home in Jonesboro, Ark. last Tuesday evening. Lacewell was “widely respected" for his success as a college coach and his role in an organization that won three Super Bowl titles in a span of four years in the ‘90s (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/21).

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