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SBD Global/April 17, 2013/People and Pop Culture
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Published April 17, 2013
FOOTBALL FODDER: Argentine striker LIONEL MESSI "is continuing an initiative started last summer by arranging a summer friendly" to raise money for the Lionel Messi Foundation. Stars including Argentine striker SERGIO AGUERO, Argentine midfielder PABLO AIMAR, Brazil striker ROBINHO, Italian striker ANTONIO CASSANO and French defender ERIC ABIDAL "will all take part in next summer's Lionel Messi and Friends friendly" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 4/16). ... Cuba's former President and revolutionary leader FIDEL CASTRO had a "fraternal meeting" with DIEGO MARADONA. The official daily Granma reported Monday the interaction was a "lively and fruitful exchange" between two old friends (IANS, 4/16). ... Former Premier League side Newcastle United manager SAM ALLARDYCE "is sure he will stay on as West Ham manager," but isn't optimistic that West Ham Striker ANDY CARROLL will remain with the club as well. Allardyce said Monday that the new Financial Fair Play rules in the Premier League next season could "blow the whole deal" for signing Carroll (ESPN, 4/15). ... Football Manager PEP GUARDIOLA, who will soon take over Bayern Munich, is scheduled to give a speech at the Gran Rex theatre in Buenos Aires. The talk, which will feature "a theme of passion, leadership and teamwork," is set to take place May 2 (OLE, 4/16).
ON THE COURSE: Tournament organizers said on Monday that Chinese golfer GUAN TIANLANG, "fresh off his Masters debut at the record-setting age of 14, accepted a sponsor's exemption" to next week's Zurich Classic in New Orleans (REUTERS, 4/16). ... New Zealand golf caddie STEVE WILLIAMS "may have carried his last bag at Augusta National," after guiding Australian ADAM SCOTT to the Green Jacket at the US Masters tournament. The 49-year-old Williams said he was told on Monday, "I have the longest stretch of caddying of all the caddies at this tournament, 26 or 27 straight years of caddying at the Masters, something like that. I've caddied for 35 years now, so yeah, my time is definitely coming to an end" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 4/16).