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SBD Global/July 25, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published July 25, 2013
DIAMOND WINNER: Former FIFA VP CHUNG MONG-JOON was named the latest recipient of the Asian Football Confederation’s Diamond of Asia award. Chung was given the award in "recognition of his contributions to the development of Asian football" (KOREA JOONGANG DAILY, 7/24). ... Former British No. 1 tennis player ANNE KEOTHAVONG "has announced her retirement from tennis, bringing to an end a 12-year professional career in which she won 20 titles on the second-tier ITF tour but only once reached the third round of a grand slam." Keothavong "will join BT Sport’s tennis commentary team" (LONDON TIMES, 7/24). ... One of the "most familiar voices" in football, presenter JAMES ALEXANDER GORDON, "has retired from reading the classified football results on BBC radio after 40 years." The 77-year-old began reading the results in '73 on Radio 2 and then Radio 5 Live but his voice "is no longer strong enough to broadcast after having his larynx removed during surgery to treat throat cancer." The presenter - "popularly known by his initials as JAG" -- joined the BBC in '72 and "went on to become one of the most recognisable voices on radio" (LONDON TIMES, 7/24). ... Olympic Gold Medalist boxer ANTHONY JOSHUA "will finally turn professional this week after leaving the Great Britain amateur boxing programme with immediate effect." The 23-year-old, who has not fought since his super-heavyweight final victory over ROBERTO CAMMARELLE in London last summer, is set to sign for EDDIE HEARN's Matchroom organization (TIMES SERIES, 7/24). ... Retired South African footballer JIMMY TAU has "promised a tell-all book in response to why he was not offered a new contract" at Premier Soccer League side Kaizer Chiefs. Tau's "shock announcement follows his failure to secure an extended stay at Chiefs after a lengthy ankle injury that kept him out for most of last season" (SOWETAN LIVE, 7/24). ... Late Italian cyclist MARCO PANTANI, Germany's JAN ULLRICH and the U.S.'s BOBBY JULICH, who were the top three during the 1998 Tour de France, "were all taking the banned blood booster erythropoetin (EPO)." German sprinter ERIK ZABEL, who won the green jersey that year as points winner, is also cited "as taking EPO on the way to victory." The revelation comes just ahead of a French parliamentary commission which is set to release a report (LE MONDE, 7/24). ... Telemundo sportscaster ANDRÈS CANTOR will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Cynopsis Sports Business Summit on Aug. 14 in N.Y. Cantor's broadcasting career spans three decades (Cynopsis Media).
NOTABLE DEATHS: Former int'l football referee ARTURO YAMASAKI died at age 84 on Tuesday. Yamasaki retired from refereeing in '85 after officiating three World Cups, including the "Game of the Century" in '70, when Italy defeated West Germany 4-3 in the World Cup semifinals (LA AFICION, 7/23). ... Former Brazilian footballer DJALMA SANTOS died of pneumonia on Wednesday at age 84. Santos was a two-time World Cup champion, helping Brazil win the 1958 World Cup in Sweden and the 1962 World Cup in Chile (EL MUNDO, 7/24).