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SBD Global/September 20, 2012/People and Pop Culture

Names In The News

German football player TIM BOROWSKI retired from professional football due to prolonged ankle problems. The 32-year-old played for Bundesliga clubs Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich and was also part of the 2006 German World Cup team (DPA, 9/19). ... English Musician LIAM GALLAGHER "was expelled by Spanish police" during the Manchester City vs. Real Madrid match at the Bernabéu stadium. He had been warned over his "rowdy behavior" in the home section of the stadium (MARCA, 9/19). ... Radio DJ CHRIS EVANS purchased Donington Park race track's famous Dunlop bridge in England. The 30-year-old structure was sold for about £300 ($487) during a memorabilia auction "in aid of a Leicestershire charity" (London INDEPENDENT, 9/18). ... Veteran rider IAN MILLAR and the late show jumping horse Hickstead will be inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame in November. The Perth, Ontario native "became the first athlete from any country to compete in the Olympic Games 10 times" when he and Star Power contested the individual and team events in London last month (CP, 9/18). ... Cambodia Prime Minister HUN SEN "has honoured his pledge to reward" the country's 2012 Olympians and their coaches. National Olympic Committee of Cambodia President THONG KHON gave $300 "on behalf of the Premier" to each of the five home-based athletes who competed in London: swimmers HEM THON PONLEU and HEM THON VITINY, track athletes KIENG SAMORN and CHAN SEYHA and taekwondo ace SORN DAVIN (PHNOM PENH POST, 9/19). ... New Zealand rugby player SONNY BILL WILLIAMS' ripped All Blacks jersey has raised $10,000 at an auction. The bid event took place at the Sky City Grand Hotel in Auckland on Friday and helped raise $55,000 for baseball (APNZ, 9/19).

LOOKING FOR AN ACE: Malaysian badminton will "finally have its supremo." Those in the running for the position are: former National Coach KWAN YOKE MENG, National Sports Institute Officer WONG AH JIT, former Coach CHEAH SOON KIT, former Chief Coach YAP KIM HOCK and Japanese Head Coach PARK JOO-BONG (THESTAR.com, 9/19). ... Malaysian authorities have arrested TONY KANG "on suspicion of theft of documents" from AFC offices in the capital of Kuala Lumpur. Kang is an associate of suspended Asian Football Confederation and FIFA VP MOHAMMED BIN HAMMAM, who was dismissed following allegations of financial misconduct. Kang has surrendered himself to Malaysian police "and is expected to be charged in court" (MIDDLE-EAST-ONLINE.com, 9/19).
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