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Names in the news, July 7

By Star Tribune, Special to the BDN

Tim McGraw and baseball go together like Johnny and June, Willie and weed, three chords and the truth. The country superstar’s dad, Tug McGraw, was an All-Star relief pitcher on the World Series-winning Mets and Phillies. Tim attended Northeast Louisiana University on a baseball scholarship. “I have a connection with baseball,” McGraw said. “It’s always part of my life. And the Mets are doing well this season. I’m a National League fan.” McGraw and his buddy Kenny Chesney are playing only stadiums this summer on their 22-city Brothers in the Sun Tour. “Kenny and I have been talking about this for years and years,” said McGraw, 45, who last toured with Chesney in 2000. “This year the timing was perfect. This tour worked out great because it’s mainly Saturdays and Sundays. It gave me time to really work on my record, for Faith [Hill, his wife] to work on her record and for me to help out with the kids.” McGraw is loving this stadium tour. “The bigger the crowd, the better for me,” he said. “The intimate things are fun but it’s more nerve-racking when you can see everybody. When there’s 50,000 people, you sort of can just play to the back of the audience and have a great time.” McGraw’s 11th studio album, “Emotional Traffic,” was released in January. … A London judge on Friday banned a 30-year-old woman from going near Simon Cowell after she admitted smashing a window of the entertainment mogul’s house with a brick in March.

Prosecutors say Cowell was watching TV in his bedroom when he heard a loud bang coming from his bathroom and discovered Leanne Zaloumis inside a wardrobe with a brick. At a court hearing Friday, Zaloumis admitted possessing a brick with intent to damage or destroy property, but denied burglary and affray. Cowell, 52, has gained fame as producer and an acerbic judge on TV talent shows including “The X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent.”

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