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SBD Global/January 11, 2013/People and Pop Culture
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Published January 11, 2013
SOCIAL MEDIA FAUX PAS: Chinese Basketball Association Qingdao Eagles player and former NBAer TRACY MCGRADY has been suspended by the league for his comments to refs. The refs that he criticized, however, "were also suspended quite harshly." Sportando website reported: "CBA suspended Tracy McGrady one game for criticizing officiating on his Weibo account after the game. The [chief referee] of the game criticized by Tracy McGrady has been suspended for 10 games, while the other two assistant referees have been suspended for five games" (SLAM, 1/10). ... ... Australian former int'l cricketer SHANE WARNE is "in a Twitter spat" with the official account of the Adelaide Strikers after he mocked their Big Bash team selection. He said: "Terrible team Adelaide picked, what were they thinking!" (NEWS LTD. NETWORK, 1/10).
FOOTBALL NOTES: Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain coach CARLO ANCELOTTI has revealed newly signed Brazilian midfielder LUCAS will make his debut with the club against Ajaccio on Friday (GLOBO ESPORTE, 1/10).... Former Liverpool Manager KENNY DALGLISH "could be set" for a return to the club, with the team’s owners "keen to bring him back in an ambassadorial role." Owners JOHN HENRY and TOM WERNER are "ready to backtrack" and offer the Liverpool legend the same role he held at Anfield between '09 and '11, when he replaced ROY HODGSON at the helm (METRO, 1/10).
SAYING GOODBYE: German beach volleyball player JONAS RECKERMANN, who won Gold at the London Games with his partner JULIUS BRINK, "will retire from the sport due to chronic back problems" (SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, 1/10). Reckermann, the '09 world champion, partnered with Brink "to become the first European men's pair to win Olympic Gold in their sport." Reckermann "also won two European titles in his career." He said in a statement: "This is a difficult decision to take but you cannot buy health and so at the end of the day this is a priority" (REUTERS, 1/10).