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Jones says his health should allow him to stay involved for the foreseeable future
In Ft. Worth, Clarence Hill Jr. profiled Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES, noting while he is "pleased with his accomplishments as he enters his 25th season, he is not satisfied in the least." The failures have "eaten at him more and more each year, while the noise from the critics has grown louder." It has Jones heading into the season "obsessed more than ever with making the Cowboys winners again." Jones said that his health is "fine." Jones: "I don't have any compromising health issues that would not allow me to stay involved for a long time." Hill noted Cowboys COO & Exec VP STEPHEN JONES is "taking on more and more" in the role (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/8). Jones had "plenty of diverse company in his suite" last night for the Giants-Cowboys game. Jones' guests included New Jersey Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE and singer GEORGE STRAIT. Wrestler HULK HOGAN and Heat F LEBRON JAMES "have also been sighted at Jerry World" (DALLASNEWS.com, 9/8).

FOLLOW THE LEADER: FORBES.com's Alana Glass profiled ESPN Exec VP & CFO CHRISTINE DRIESSEN, who is also a member of the ESPN BOD. Driessen began her career at the net in '85 as its controller. She said of her greatest professional accomplishments, "I've developed an executive women's forum where the top 50 women in the company meet quarterly to raise issues that are unique to the females in this company, as well as develop next-generation of leadership and mentoring" (FORBES.com, 9/5).

REVED UP: Angels P C.J. WILSON owns CJ Wilson Racing, a "four-to-five-car team" that last weekend ran "a pair of race-prepped Mazda Miatas" in the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, a spec series that features only Miatas. Wilson "owns a Mazda dealership just outside of Chicago" (LATIMES.com, 9/7).

AWARDS & RECOGNITION: The Reds unveiled a statue of Baseball HOFer JOE MORGAN on Saturday "in front of a crowd of roughly 3,000 fans, with family and friends also in attendance." Morgan joined JOHNNY BENCH, TED KLUSZEWSKI, ERNIE LOMBARDI, JOE NUXHALL and FRANK ROBINSON as Reds greats honored with a statue at Crosley Terrace (MLB.com, 9/7)....The IOC yesterday "awarded its highest honor" to Dutch King WILLEM-ALEXANDER "after he relinquished his membership to focus on matters at home." IOC President JACQUES ROGGE "presented the Olympic gold order" to Willem-Alexander during a session in Buenos Aires (AP, 9/8).

NAMES: Jaguars Owner SHAHID KHAN met with Florida Gov. RICK SCOTT last night to discuss "economic development opportunities" (JACKSONVILLE.com, 9/8)...IOC presidential candidate RICHARD CARRION "has tapped" political consultant JAMES CARVILLE "to assist with his campaign" (Tripp Mickle, Staff Writer)....The federal government issued an indictment against financial manager JOSEPH ZADA, who "allegedly swindled" former NHLer SERGEI FEDEROV out of $43M. Zada is "charged with scamming 28 investors" in all (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/7)....U.S. Commerce Secretary PENNY PRITZKER took a trip to Nike HQs on Friday (OREGONLIVE.com, 9/6)….Lakers G KOBE BRYANT “will make one last long-distance trip” to Abu Dhabi and Dubai on Sept. 26-27 for the Kobe Bryant Health & Fitness Weekend in support of Diabetes Awareness (LATIMES.com, 9/6)….Hockey HOFer RAY BOURQUE, along with current Bruins BRAD MARCHAND, DENNIS SEIDENBERG and GREGORY CAMPBELL participated in Bruins C MILAN LUCIC’s Rock & Jock Softball Game fundraiser on Friday (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/8)….NASCAR driver JIMMIE JOHNSON’s wife CHANDRA on Friday gave birth to a daughter, LYDIA NORRISS, in Charlotte (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/7).

IN MEMORY: Salt Lake City-based AP sports writer LYNN DEBRUIN died Saturday at the age of 51 after a battle with cancer. DeBruin “spent 10 years as an NFL beat writer, first in Arizona, then with the Broncos for JOHN ELWAY’s final Super Bowl” (AP, 9/7).
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