SBD/July 23, 2014/People and Pop Culture

Names In The News

Krukow plans to continue working despite a degenerative muscle disease
In S.F., C.W. Nevius profiled MLB Giants TV broadcaster MIKE KRUKOW and noted he is "suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion-body myositis." The condition "causes progressive weakness in the muscles of the wrist and fingers, the front of the thigh, and the muscles that lift the front of the foot." There is "no cure and no solid theory for what causes it." Krukow in the past year has "begun to wear braces on his legs for support," and he "carries a walking stick for balance." But he has "no plans to stop broadcasting" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/22).

I'LL DRINK TO THAT: The Univ. of Louisville this week announced that a "bottle of Maker's Mark bourbon emblazoned" with the face of AD TOM JURICH will be available on Friday. Jurich joins UL men's basketball coach RICK PITINO and former UL football coach CHARLIE STRONG in "having custom Maker's Mark bottles." Proceeds from the sale of the 8,500 bottles will "go toward building a new academic center" at UL (SI.com, 7/22).

NAMES: Galaxy Sports Advisors agent PAT LAWLOR said that he and NFL Cardinals S TYRANN MATHIEU "parted ways" on July 16 (ESPN.com, 7/22)....The Ravens Foundation recently awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 26 nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore area (Ravens)....UConn women's basketball coach GENO AURIEMMA "will open a restaurant" in Southington, Conn., later this year. The new Geno's Grille is "part of Auriemma's growing collection of businesses" (COURANT.com, 7/22)....Michigan State Univ. alum and ESPN analyst JEMELE HILL "will be the grand marshal" for the school's homecoming parade on Sept. 26 (FREEP.com, 7/21)....Verizon IndyCar Series driver JUAN PABLO MONTOYA is "selling his posh Brickell six-bedroom, 6.5-bath Miami penthouse" for $14M (REALTOR.com, 7/21)....Raiders WR JAMES JONES in the offseason bought a 6,223-square-foot home in San Ramon, Calif., for $2.3M (LATIMES.com, 7/22)....NBA free agent LOU AMUNDSON purchased a 2,600-square-foot house in Manhattan Beach, Calif., for $1.805M (LATIMES.com, 7/22).

IN MEMORY: DAN BORISLOW, who invented the magicJack telephone device and owned a WPS franchise of the same name, died Monday night from a heart attack at the age of 52. He had been playing in a men’s soccer league game. Borislow purchased the WPS team in ’11, and U.S. women’s national team players ABBY WAMBACH and HOPE SOLO were on the team “before the league folded it that October after months of bickering with Borislow” (PALM BEACH POST, 7/23)....Longtime Univ. of Michigan athletics department PR head JIM SCHNEIDER, who worked at the school from ’78-’07, died Monday (DETROIT NEWS, 7/23).
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