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Published August 24, 2012
COACHING THE BLUES: Former New Zealand Rugby Coach GRAHAM HENRY is joining the Auckland Blues' "revamped coaching roster." He will join as the technical adviser and defense specialist starting in '13 under Head Coach JOHN KIRWAN (REUTERS, 8/23). ... Kenyan President MWAI KIBAKI directed the Sports Ministry "to investigate the dismal performance of Team Kenya" at the London Games. He said that the poor results "were a concern to Kenyans and needed to be addressed" (THE STAR, 8/22). ... Newly appointed FIFA anti-corruption judge JOACHIM ECKERT "made his first decision in office," to confirm that former presidential candidate MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM "is provisionally suspended while bribery allegations are investigated" (AP, 8/23). ... SIMON COWELL's show X Factor in the U.K. "is reaching out to some of the stars" of the London Games to book them for a live show later this season. A source said the show wants to "celebrate the success of the British Olympians and the Olympics with [the hit show's] first live show." Some of the athletes expected to be approached include runner MO FARAH, sprinter USAIN BOLT, swimmer REBECCA ADLINGTON and heptathlon JESSICA ENNIS (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 8/22). ... Britain's "most successful Olympian" CHRIS HOY is to be awarded freedom of his home city. Edinburgh city councilors "have voted to give him the honour," which is granted to individuals who have distinguished themselves through their work or efforts. The "only living recipients" are QUEEN ELIZABETH, the DUKE OF EDINBURGH, SEAN CONNERY, NELSON MANDELA and Burmese politician AUNG SAN SUU KYI (DAILY RECORD, 8/23).