SBD/August 27, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published August 27, 2014
WHERE THERE'S SMOKE...: POPE FRANCIS is "backing an inter-religion soccer match" on Sept. 1 at Olympic Stadium in Rome that will "gather greats from around the globe and is aimed at promoting peace and raising money for at-risk kids." Argentina national team coach GERARDO MARTINO and EPL club Arsenal coach ARSENE WENGER will "put together teams featuring Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist players." Players will include LIONEL MESSI, FILIPPO INZAGHI and SAMUEL ETO'O. Pope Francis "isn't expected to attend" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/27).
WAITING GAME: Almost eight months after winning the final BCS National Championship game, the Florida State football team "still hasn't met" with PRESIDENT OBAMA, and may become the "first nonrepeat champion since 1990 to not make its ceremonial trip." FSU Senior Associate AD/Internal Operations MONK BONASORTE said that the two sides "communicated over the summer but never finalized a plan." A White House official yesterday said that are "still working on a date" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/27).
NAMES: NCAA President MARK EMMERT has been “deposed in a lawsuit” over the death of Frostburg State Univ. football player DEREK SHEELY, who collapsed during an August ’11 practice and “later died from a head injury.” His family last year filed a lawsuit against the NCAA (LATIMES.com, 8/26)....ARNOLD PALMER is "back in his office this week near his Latrobe, Pennsylvania, home after having successful pacemaker implant surgery Aug. 18 in Pittsburgh.” The procedure “was done to correct an abnormal heartbeat” (ESPN.com, 8/26)....BENNY HOROWITZ, the drummer for rock band THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, has written an "essay for Rolling Stone, describing his passion for Rutgers football and expressing optimism for the Scarlet Knights’ first Big Ten season" (NJ.com, 8/26)….The new season of CBS’ “SURVIVOR” will feature former MLBer JOHN ROCKER (EW.com, 8/26)….Saints QB DREW BREES and his wife, BRITTANY, “welcomed a new baby girl Monday night.” The couple “declined to share their daughter’s name” (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 8/27).