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SBD Global/June 14, 2013/People and Pop Culture

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All Japan Judo Federation Chair HARUKI UEMURA said Tuesday that he will continue in his post, "and vowed to complete his mission to reform the scandal-plagued body" (KYODO, 6/13). ... Australian cricketer DAVID WARNER was suspended until the first Ashes Test next month after an "unprovoked physical attack" on England cricketer JOE ROOT in a Birmingham bar. Cricket Australia's Senior Code of Behavior Commissioner GORDON LEWIS ordered the punishment after Warner admitted "unbecoming behavior." Warner was fined A$11,500 ($11,000) (BLOOMBERG, 6/13). ... Adidas on Thursday announced plans for summer tours with NBA partner athletes including DERRICK ROSE, DWIGHT HOWARD, RICKY RUBIO and JOHN WALL. Chicago Bulls player Rose headlines the D Rose Tour, where the '11 NBA MVP visits Europe and returns to Asia for the third time. Aside from the D Rose Tour, the summer tour tips-off with the Quick vs. Fast Tour in China from June 30-July 5, where Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves), Wall (Washington Wizards), JRUE HOLIDAY (Philadelphia 76ers), DAMIAN LILLARD (Portland Trail Blazers) and MIKE CONLEY JR. (Memphis Grizzlies) will meet fans. Seven-time NBA All-Star Howard (L.A. Lakers) will make his third visit to Asia, including activations in Seoul, South Korea, Taipei, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Hangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing, China (adidas). ... Thailand PM YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA reiterated Wednesday that "her government would push for sports development." She said the government "will provide facilities and funds for athletes, officials and referees" to improve to meet int'l standards (BANGKOK POST, 6/13). ... Spanish second division side Hércules and coach QUIQUE HERNÁNDEZ have reached an agreement for the coach to remain with the team through next season, but the Spanish Football League (LFP) has to give its consent for the deal to become official (EFE, 6/13). ... Former La Liga side Athletic Bilbao coach MARCELO BIELSA "is set for a return to South American soil to continue his career" with an offer from Brasileiro club Santos. The Argentine "has flown out to the country to apparently begin negotiations on a four-year contract," with a view to taking over beginning January '14 (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 6/13). ... Former Real Madrid coach BERND SCHUSTER was named coach of La Liga side Málaga, replacing MANUEL PELLEGRINI (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 6/13). ... Former French football player ZINEDINE ZIDANE has reportedly convinced Real Madrid President FLORENTINO PEREZ "to allow him to work as assistant Coach at the club next season" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 6/13). ... Spanish basketball player RODRIGO DE LA FUENTE announced his retirement from professional basketball at the Madrid offices of the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) (EFE, 6/13).
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