SBD/September 19, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published September 19, 2011
BUCKING A TREND? In Louisville, Gregory Hall reports the “sharply higher prices” this year at the 13-day Keeneland September Yearling Sale “over even a successful year last year is creating a buzz that the thoroughbred breeding market may be turning upward after a three-year plunge.” The gross from the sale’s “first two catalog books was $145.2 million, 2.27 percent over last year despite a 20 percent drop in the number of horses sold” (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 9/19).
NAMES: Lakers F RON ARTEST's name change to METTA WORLD PEACE became official Friday. His publicist, COURTNEY BARNES, said that Artest’s Lakers jersey “will now say World Peace on the back,” but it is “not clear how ABC will deal with the quirky new moniker during his ‘Dancing With the Stars’ debut” tonight (LATIMES.com, 9/16). Coastal Carolina football coach DAVID BENNETT last week “was seen at his weekly news conference, telling a story about a neighbor’s cat that had stolen into Bennett’s house through a broken screen door,” and his comments “made him an instant Internet sensation and also was shown on ESPN.” By Friday afternoon the video “had more than 625,000 hits on YouTube” (N.Y. TIMES, 9/17)….Race Car Owner RICHARD CHILDRESS has been voted into the International Motorsports HOF and “will be inducted into the Talladega, Ala., Hall May 3 next year” (SPEEDTV.com, 9/18)….Heat F CHRIS BOSH will appear in an upcoming episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 9/18)….Musicians USHER and JUSTIN BIEBER attended the Eagles-Falcons game last night (AJC.com, 9/18).