SBD/September 14, 2011/People and Pop Culture

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Former softball player JENNIE FINCH teamed with SI.com’s ANN KILLION to write "THROW LIKE A GIRL: HOW TO DREAM BIG & BELIEVE IN YOURSELF," a “part autobiography, part inspirational self-help book for girls and young women who love and play sports” (USA TODAY, 9/14)….Rays P JAMES SHIELDS and RaysBaseball.com’s BILL CHASTAIN’s book, “SEPTEMBER NIGHTS,” was released yesterday. The book chronicles the team’s ’10 season (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 9/14).

WHAT’S THERE TO WATCH? NBCSPORTS.com’s Aaron Gleeman wrote what the upcoming “MONEYBALL” movie “lacked in historical accuracy it made up for in witty dialogue, likable characters, and a surprising amount of humor.” BRAD PITT “is charming as A’s general manager BILLY BEANE and an effort was clearly made to portray him as far less cocky and far more vulnerable than he appeared in the book.” The film “does an excellent job of staying true to the most minute details” and is “absolutely worth seeing” (NBCSPORTS.com, 9/13)….NBC yesterday announced “LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON” will broadcast from Indianapolis on Feb. 1-3 leading up to Super Bowl XLVI. The show will be broadcast from the Hilbert Theatre. A fourth “Late Night” show “will be broadcast live on Super Bowl Sunday, after the game at Lucas Oil Stadium” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/14).

NAMES: The Univ. of Missouri baseball team will “play host to Iowa in two fall exhibition games that will benefit the Joplin Little League program” (KANSASCITY.com, 9/13)….Former WWE CEO LINDA MCMAHON “will formally be in the hunt for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring incumbent JOE LIEBERMAN of Connecticut in 2012, reprising a candidacy for the same office undertaken last year.” Sources said that McMahon is “scheduled to announce her entry into the race next Tuesday” (STAMFORD ADVOCATE, 9/14)….Former Florida State Univ. football coach BOBBY BOWDEN was in N.Y. this week, appearing on ABC's “Good Morning America,” CNN and “many other media outlets" to talk about prostate cancer. Bowden, who had prostate cancer in ’07 and is now cancer-free, has become a “spokesperson for On The Line, a national prostate cancer awareness organization” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 9/14)….Red Sox DH DAVID ORTIZ's annual offseason celebrity golf tournament will be held at the Fishing Lodge Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/13)….NASCAR driver KEVIN HARVICK yesterday visited Virginia Tech football coach FRANK BEAMER and toured the university’s athletic facilities (AP, 9/13)….Univ. of Wisconsin AD BARRY ALVAREZ and ESPN’s MIKE DITKA appeared as themselves in the series finale of HBO’s “ENTOURAGE” (JSONLINE.com, 9/13)….Heat F LEBRON JAMES attended designer MICHAEL BASTIAN’s fashion show on Monday during N.Y.’s Fashion Week, and Nets F KRIS HUMPHRIES attended designer JILL STUART’s show. Heat G DWYANE WADE sat next to Vogue Editor-in-Chief ANNA WINTOUR at the Rag & Bone show, and Knicks F CARMELO ANTHONY “sat a few seats away.” Knicks F AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE and Wade also attended the RICHARD CHAI show last week” (WSJ.com, 9/14)….Bulls F DERRICK ROSE “dined with a group of friends at N9NE Steakhouse last week” in Chicago, while Lakers F LUKE WALTON “was spotted at Paris Club with friends” (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 9/14).

IN MEMORY: Former player and longtime NFL Jets radio analyst SAM DELUCA died yesterday of pancreatic cancer. He was 75 (N.Y. POST, 9/14).
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