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Brees lawsuit claims his charity was cheated

Brees lawsuit claims his charity was cheated

SAN DIEGO (AP) Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his foundation are suing one of the former organizers of his celebrity golf tournament in southern California, saying the organizer cheated benefactors of the foundation out of thousands of dollars he kept for his own marketing firm.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday against David Miller and Integrated Sports Marketing in San Diego Superior Court, says Miller negotiated a favorable hotel rate for celebrity guests at the La Costa Resort earlier this year, then collected higher room rates, keeping the difference.

Now Brees wants his representatives to audit ISM's books from the past three tournaments to which he lent his name.

Miller said he has not seen Brees' lawsuit and cannot comment other than to point out that Brees failed to uphold his end of their marketing deal and that counter-claims are forthcoming.

``ISM will review that complaint and, when required, will be filing a counterclaim setting forth the acts and conduct of Mr. Brees and his agents that constitute breach of contract and misappropriation,'' Miller said.

Brees has been advised by attorneys not to comment on the case at this time. However, one of his lawyers, James Bo Pearl, said ``The reputation and goodwill of Drew and Brittany Brees are inextricably intertwined with the foundation, and this lawsuit was filed to protect the good work the foundation is doing.''

``The foundation placed its wholesale trust in ISM, but the company's failure to abide by the terms of their agreements made litigation unavoidable,'' Pearl added.

In addition to the ability to audit ISM's books concerning the golf event, the Brees Dream lawsuit asks for the return of ISM's profits plus punitive damages.

Drew Brees has said in past interviews about his foundation work that virtually all of the money taken in goes directly to the charities that benefit, with negligible, if any amounts kept to cover costs. Brees and his wife take no salary from the foundation, nor does the marketing agent who helps them run it.

The foundation says it has donated more than $13 million to charitable causes and academic institutions, usually to the benefit of cancer patients, cancer research and to improve the lives of children or families in need.

ISM has run the golf outing for 14 years, with former NFL quarterback Stan Humphries acting as honorary host the first 10. ISM asked Brees to lend his name to the event in 2009, and the event has benefited Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, Friends of Scott Foundation and the San Diego Armed Services YMCA.

Carol Damon-Sherer, interim executive director of the Rady Children's Hospital Foundation, said her organization values its relationship with the Breeses, who have often visited the hospital bearing gifts for children there.

``We value their support,'' she said, adding that the hospital also has a good relationship with ISM.

``Both entities have been supportive of Rady Children's Hospital for many years,'' she said. ``I'm sorry the folks have a difference of opinion. I don't know what the circumstances are. That's between them.''

Did Anthony Cowan deserve the technical foul that ended his night vs. Ohio State?

Did Anthony Cowan deserve the technical foul that ended his night vs. Ohio State?

Anthony Cowan was handed a technical foul late in the second half of Maryland's matchup with Ohio State that resulted in his disqualification.

Cowan, with four personal fouls at the time, was hammered on a layup attempt with 3:54 left in the contest against the Buckeyes. He had cut the Buckeyes' lead to 64-59 and thought he was headed to the free-throw line for an and-1. He was not. 

After no whistle was blown, Cowan reacted, kicking his foot in the air in disbelief. He was then given the technical. which was his fifth and final foul. Maryland didn't have its star point guard for the final 3:54 of a tight game. 

Cowan had picked up his third foul with 7:08 left in the game and then No. 4 exactly two minutes later. 

Twitter lit into the officiating that played a major factor in a very important conference game between the two squads.

Maryland ended up losing the matchup to the Buckeyes 79-72, but it didn't lose ground in the conference standings.

Penn State lost Sunday afternoon, too, so Maryland (22-5, 12-4 conference) didn't lose any ground in its quest to win the Big 10 regular-season championship for the first time. With four games to go, the Terps still hold a two-game lead over the Nittany Lions, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the conference standings. Those teams are all tied at 10-6. 

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Maryland doesn't lose any ground in Big 10 standings after loss to Ohio State

Maryland doesn't lose any ground in Big 10 standings after loss to Ohio State

Maryland suffered a frustrating loss to Ohio State on the road Sunday in a game that featured their best player fouling out thanks to a more than questionable technical foul. 

The bad news for the Terps? They missed a chance to gain ground on Baylor, Gonzaga and San Diego State, who all lost on Saturday, for a top seed in the NCAA tournament. 

The good news is that Penn State lost, too, so Maryland didn't lose any ground in its quest to win the Big 10 regular-season championship for the first time. With four games to go, it still holds a two-game lead over Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the conference standings. 

For the Terps to lose this regular-season title, it would have to be a monumental collapse over the next few weeks.

But the schedule still features some tough games so it isn't over quite yet. Maryland must shake off this most recent loss in Columbus and refocus on a 13-13 Minnesota team. The Terp's final three opponents after that are Michigan State at home, Rutgers on the road and Michigan in College Park. 

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