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SBD Global/February 4, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published February 4, 2013
IN MEMORY: Tributes have been paid "after the sudden death of respected radio commentator" DAVID OATES at the age of 50. Oates, who worked for the BBC for more than 25 years, died in the hospital on Sunday "following a short illness." He was "best known for football and rugby league commentaries," as he was a "lifelong Blackpool FC supporter and a keen runner" (BBC, 2/3). ... Former South African Rugby Union President LOUIS LUYT died at the age of 80. He "died at his home outside Durban on South Africa's east coast after a long illness." Luyt had presided over the return of the Springboks, the national rugby union team, to int'l rugby and their victory at the 1995 World Cup (AP, 2/2).
FINISHING NO. 1: IOC President JACQUES ROGGE "received the Cheongryong (blue dragon) medal, the highest state honor given to sports-related people" in South Korea, by President LEE MYUNG-BAK at Cheong Wa Dae for his contributions to the Olympic movement (KOREA TIMES, 2/1). ... Austrian ski jumper GREGOR SCHLIERENZAUER "won both ski-flying events on Sunday in Harrachov, Czech Republic and set a new record of 48 world cup victories." The 23-year-old "passed Finnish legend MATTI NYKÄNEN on Sunday morning with world cup victory No. 47 and added another one in the afternoon" (KURIER, 2/3).