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SBD Global/February 8, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published February 8, 2013
WHAT A MESS: World Player of the Year LIONEL MESSI has signed a new contract with Barcelona that ties him until June 30, 2018. The Argentinian "penned a deal" agreed in December, which includes a two-year extension on his previous agreement and will keep him at the club until he is 31 (REUTERS, 2/7). Meanwhile, the spotted tuxedo Messi wore to the Ballon D'Or ceremony in January "drew praise and raised eyebrows in equal measure." Messi "seems to like the pattern though" because he was seen in another garment sporting it in the March issue of Esquire. MailOnline fashion editor Deborah Arthurs said that he was "bang on trend" (London DAILY MAIL, 2/6).
OFF THE GREEN: Korean-American rookie on the PGA Tour JAMES HAHN "has become a YouTube hit ahead of the Pebble Beach National Pro Am after his "Gangnam Style" celebration dance of a Sunday birdie." His "birdie dance at the 16th, a grandstand-surrounded hole where rowdy spectators cheer and boo the results of tee shots, stole the show" last week. Hahn said, "I can't believe that I did that" (AFP, 2/7). ... South Korean PGA Tour veteran CHOI KYOUNG-JU has been named as "a recipient of an award for his extensive charity work" off the course. He is the '13 winner of the Golf Writers Association of America's Charlie Bartlett Award (YONHAP, 2/7).