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SBD Global/March 1, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published March 1, 2013
RE-UPPING IN CHINA: U.S. basketball player MAYA MOORE "has renewed her contract for three years" with Chinese Women's Basketball Association side Shanxi (XINHUA, 2/28). ... UEFA President Michel Platini celebrated German football legend FRANZ BECKENBAUER's "memorable contribution to football as a player, coach and administrator" as "Der Kaiser" received the UEFA President's Award. Platini said, "Franz Beckenbauer has made a memorable contribution to football as a player, coach and administrator" (UEFA). .. Chinese table tennis players LIU GUOLIANG and KONG LINGHUI "have again joined forces at the leading role of the country's national squads' coaching staff." Liu will become the general head coach while also keeping his job as the men's head coach, and Kong will become the women's head coach (XINHUA, 2/27). ... The late Australian rally driver PETER "POSSUM" BOURNE "was inducted into the Australian Rally Hall of Fame this week, nearly 10 years since his death." An inaugural inductee to the MotorSport New Zealand Wall of Fame in '94, recognition for his achievement of winning seven consecutive Australian Rally Championships "has posthumously earned him a second inaugural induction" (APNZ, 2/28). ... Wales' most-capped int'l rugby player STEPHEN JONES "is to retire from rugby at the end of this season." Jones "will join the coaching staff" at his current Premiership club Wasps (London TELEGRAPH, 2/28).