SONOMA, California (AP): Stephen Curry grew up just 20 minutes away from one of the showplace tracks in NASCAR. Despite the proximity, he never made it out to an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Some 2,700 miles away, at a road course in California, Curry finally made it to his first race. The two-time NBA MVP paid a visit to Sonoma Raceway yesterday as the supportive husband to wife Ayesha. It was Ayesha Curry who was named grand marshall of the IndyCar season finale, and Stephen Curry had no problem stepping into the shadow of the budding celebrity chef. “She’s got a great thing going and I am supportive of the things she’s passionate about: cooking, her lifestyle platform,” Curry said. “So to see that be recognised and give her opportunities like this to just get out and have some fun, I am happy to support her.” LONG WAY TO GO Curry, star guard for the Golden State Warriors and one of the biggest names in the NBA, said his wife is the true celebrity in the family. He’s had fun on social media trying to follow some of her recipes, but said he’s got a long way to go to rival her. “It’s no lie that I can’t cook for anything. If my family had to choose between me and Ayesha, they’d choose her every day of the week,” Curry said. “When her book came out, I took it and three nights in a row made dinner. It was groundbreaking, but I just got in there and followed the recipes.” His experiments? Steaks, Italian sausage pasta and bananas foster.
In deciding not to give Bush an honorary degree, some faculty members cited concerns about Bush’s educational record in respect to the university. Some said his approval of three new medical schools has diluted resources. He also has been criticized for his “One Florida” proposal, an initiative that ended race-based admissions programs at state universities. But Spearman said the association selected Bush because he supported research at the University of Florida, and because of his efforts to provide funding for more faculty and create a statewide scholarship program. He said the association’s selection had nothing to do with the faculty’s vote. “What we did was in our own rights, not in our reaction to the Senate,” he said. An e-mail sent to Bush on Saturday seeking comment was not immediately returned. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Former Gov. Jeb Bush was snubbed for an honorary degree at the University of Florida – but he can still call himself an honorary alumnus. The board of directors of the university’s Alumni Association passed a resolution Saturday to make Bush an honorary alumnus. The move came on the heels of a 38-28 Faculty Senate vote Thursday to deny Bush an honorary degree. The main difference between the awards is that the degree is given by the university and the alumni association decides who receives honorary alumni status, said Steve Orlando, a University of Florida spokesman. The association extends the honor to a handful of people each year. “They might be in two different categories, but from the alumni perspective, we highly respect those that have been given or granted the status of honorary alumnus,” said Leonard Spearman, president of the University of Florida Alumni Association.