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The Washington Post ROBERT KLEMKO is on day two of his mission covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine with a 10-pound helmet and two eight-pound shields that he will “carry all day”, in front and behind his torso. Klemko was hired as an investigative sports reporter in 2019, but he ‘went to the news’ during the Minneapolis and Louisville riots, then he ‘volunteered to be part of the war coverage’ in Ukraine . Klemko “will probably be in the country for about a month” (NBCSPORTS.com, 3/28). Washington Post Foreign Correspondent ISABELLE KHURSHUDYAN also came from a sports background, having already covered the Capitals for four seasons, including their Stanley Cup-winning season in 2018. His last sports assignment before moving to Russia in 2019 to work at the Post’s Moscow office was the World Series 2019 between the Nationals and the Astros. Khurshudyan: “As a sportswriter, you’re on schedule and there’s a lot of pressure. It’s not the same kind of pressure as being in a war zone, but you have to file a story immediately” (THEATHLETIC.com, 3/28).

GIVE BACK: Stanford women’s basketball coach TARA VANDERVEER has pledged to donate $10 for every 3-pointer made in the NCAA Women’s Tournament as part of its challenge in Ukraine. His gifts “will be shared”. Halfway through Saturday’s games, 691 3-pointers “had been made,” bringing VanDerveer’s donation to $6,910 (SF CHRONICLE, 3/27).

IMPRESSIVE RANGE: In conjunction with the annual NFL meetings in Palm Beach, Florida, the league and the Bills co-owner KIM PEGULA hosted a Sunday luncheon with several C-level NFL partners and female business leaders from across the league. It featured the Buccaneers DARCIE GLAZER KASSEWITZthe commanders Tanya SnyderColts CARLIE IRSAY-GORDONthe cowboys CHARLOTTE JONESby Wasserman ELISABETH LINDSEYfrom Amazon MARIE DONOGHUEESPN JULIE SOBIESKIvisas ANDREA FAIRCHILDSMAC Entertainment CONSTANCE SCHWARTZ-MORINI and NFL leaders, including RENIE ANDERSON and CYNTHIA HOGAN (SBJ).

NFL, Bills’ Kim Pegula hosted lunch with C-level executives from teams, league and various partnersNFL

GO DIGITAL: NFTs created to honor GREGG POPOVICH coaching career with the Spurs “sold for the equivalent of $200,000” within the first 96 hours of an auction to raise money for the San Antonio Food Bank. Popovich ‘dreamed up Spurs’ NFT project’ shortly before split DON NELSONThe record for most regular-season career coaches comes in a 104-102 win over the Jazz on March 11 at the AT&T Center. Toronto-based cryptocurrency platform Cultos will hit the “1336 Coach Pop Collection”. The series includes five of Popovich’s hand-drawn offensive playing cards and five of his court drawings (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 3/26).

NAMES: Adidas partners with Washington Spirit F TRINITY RODMAN on a book about her athletic journey so far, including being picked No. 2 overall in the 21-year NWSL Draft despite “never having played a single game of college football” due to COVID-19 . The book is called “Wake Up and Kick It with Trinity Rodman”. Adidas will donate more than 5,000 copies to young people in partnership with the US Soccer Foundation’s Soccer For Success program (BIZJOURNALS.com, 3/25)….Residents of Maine CONNOR and SEAMUS COLLINS were invited to the Patriots’ home opener by the team’s owner Robert KRAFT after the two brothers “helped stop a runaway school bus and called for help” when the bus driver “suffered a fatal medical event” on March 14 in Topsham, Maine. The Patriots’ first game is still TBD (PA, 3/25)…SEAN PAYTON “delivers the keynote address” at the Univ. opening ceremonies for Loyola for graduate and undergraduate students on May 14 at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena. Payton will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters (NOLA.com, 3/25)….Former ESPN Senior Director of Communications KERI POTTS moved to London “for new opportunities” (THEATHLETIC.com, 3/28).

James T. Quintero