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SBD Global/July 9, 2012/People and Pop Culture

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Musician NICOLA BENEDETTI, singer EMELI SANDE and golfer COLIN MONTGOMERIE, have "already given their backing" to Scottish Government plans to set up a Scotland House facility at the London Games. Sports Minister SHONA ROBINSON said the London Olympics was a "huge opportunity to showcase Scotland to a global audience." Scotland House will be in Pall Mall, close to both the British Business Embassy and the Scotland Office at Dover House (AYRSHIRE POST, 7/8). ...  Pushing back an offer to end his career where it all started at Serie A football club SS Lazio, ALESSANDRO "SANDRO" NESTA was formally introduced Friday as a Major League Soccer Montreal Impact player. It is "rare" when a World Cup winner, double UEFA Champions League winner and three-time Serie A champion joins MLS (TSN, 7/7).

SALE'S TIPS: In London, Charlie Sale reported that the All England Club wanted to make sure "there is no known friction" among Royal Box guests, which "might explain why two days separated the invites" for England and Wales Cricket Board Chair GILES CLARKE and IMG Senior Exec ANDREW WILDBLOOD. The pair recently settled a "highly acrimonious, multi-million-pound libel battle surrounding a breakaway Twenty20 competition, with both sides somehow claiming comprehensive victory" (DAILY MAIL, 7/5). ... Wimbledon runner-up ANDY MURRAY has frequently changed advisers, coaches and agents during his career, but has always kept the same wealth management adviser, NEIL GRAINGER of Talent Financial, who also looks after retired tennis player TIM HENMAN's finances (DAILY MAIL, 7/5).
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