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SBD Global/December 12, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published December 12, 2012
BEST OF THE YEAR: The Int'l Tennis Federation named NOVAK DJOKOVIC of Serbia and American SERENA WILLIAMS the 2012 ITF World Champions. Americans BOB and MIKE BRYAN were named Men's Doubles World Champions for the ninth time in 10 years, while SARA ERRANI and ROBERTA VINCI of Italy became Women's Doubles World Champions for the first time. Canada's FILIP PELIWO and TAYLOR TOWNSEND of the U.S. were named ITF Junior World Champions, while the ITF Wheelchair World Champions were ESTHER VERGEER of the Netherlands and France's STEPHANE HOUDET (ITF). ... The UAE's Abu Dhabi Cricket Council is preparing to "play a benefit match" for former batsman MOHAMMED ISHAQ. A car crash in '09 left Ishaq "paralysed below the waist" (THE NATIONAL, 12/10).
TIME TO SPARE: Brasileiro Santos striker NEYMAR is spending his vacation in Disneyland (FOLHA DE S. PAULO, 12/11). ... LANCE ARMSTRONG "has been given three weeks to appeal a decision by cycling's governing body to strip him of all the titles he has won in the past 14 years." The 41-year-old "has been officially informed that his results dating back to Aug. 1, 1998 have been nullified" (BLOOMBERG, 12/11).