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SBD Global/February 6, 2013/People and Pop Culture
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Published February 6, 2013
BIG NAMES IN CHINA: Former Danish footballer and ManU "legend" PETER SCHMEICHEL had not even "officially entered Hong Kong before fans descended." As he "approached immigration on his visit to launch the club's friendly with Kitchee, the officer in charge abandoned his booth to get a photo." Schmeichel joked: "I'm not sure I should tell you this. Even his supervisor was taking pictures" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 2/5). ... The Zhejiang College of Sports has revealed that Chinese Olympic swimmer SUN YANG has been "punished for breaking a series of team rules." The college accused Sun "of a lack of discipline." The college's President LI JIANSHE said the institution withheld a month of Sun's allowance and "provisionally suspended" him from all social and commercial activities, including personal endorsements (CHINA DAILY, 2/5).
ATHLETE SIGNINGS: Barcelona striker LIONEL MESSI will sign a new contract with the club on Thursday. The Argentinian's new deal will run through June '18 (MARCA, 2/5). ... German Hockey League (DEL) club Cologne Sharks has signed former NHL player MARCO STURM. The 34-year-old, who has played in more than 1,000 NHL games, will join the team in mid-February. Sturm most-recently played for the NHL Florida Panthers (SID, 2/4).