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SBD Global/August 21, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Names In The News

MARIA SHARAPOVA has decided not to try and change her name to Sugarpova to help market her candy line, her agent MAX EISENBUD said on Tuesday. Eisenbug said Sharapova gave "serious consideration" to making the change but "we ultimately decided against it." Eisenbud: "Maria has pushed her team to do fun, out-of-the-box-type things to get the word out about Sugarpova. ... This was an idea that fell along those lines. But, at the end of the day, we would have to change all her identification, she has to travel to Japan and China right after the tournament and it was going to be very difficult" (ESPN, 8/20).

ALL-STAR CROWD: Nike has "gathered a wide range of star athletes for one of its new commercials," from which NEYMAR and RAFAEL NADAL "stand out." Nadal and Neymar share the screen with tennis players Sharapova, SERENA WILLIAMS and LI NA, NBA Cleveland Cavaliers guard KYRIE IRVING and EPL Arsenal players THEO WALCOTT and JACK WILSHERE, among others (SPORT, 8/20). ... Banned Pakistan paceman MOHAMED ASIF "spoke for the first time to the anti-corruption and vigilance wing of the cricket board" as an initial step toward reviving his career (AFP, 8/20). ... Middle East rally star NASSER AL ATTIYAH "will join Shaikh Hassan Bin Jaber Al Thani" on the Qatar Team as he "makes his powerboating debut" at November’s Key West World Championships in Florida (GULF NEWS, 8/20). ... Iranian football player OMID DARBANDI "was found dead in a well in Kahrizak, located south of Tehran." Darbandi, 22, "was kidnapped a week ago and his captors demanded $30,000 ransom" (TEHRAN TIMES, 8/20). ... Singapore Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation President RANO IZHAR RAHMAT "will not step down" despite its status as a national sports association being revoked by the Singapore Sports Council. Rano said that he "respects the decision" and will not be appealing (THE NEW PAPER, 8/19). ...

SECOND JOB: Former Bulgarian PM BOYKO BORISOV "has been officially registered as football player with the Bulgarian Football Union." Borisov is a player for Bulgarian second division side Vitosha Bistritsa. The former "karate professional and avid tennis lover had received a warning to abstain from sports after a string of hypertension crisis" in '12. But now doctors "have confirmed his health has been restored to allow him to play football." The BFU said that Borisov "will have to go under additional health checks before being allowed to start playing" (NOVINITE, 8/19). ... Scottish League 1 Rangers midfielder IAN BLACK "has been accused of betting against his own team three times." The former Hearts and Inverness player "has received a Scottish Football Association notice of complaint" that alleges he bet against his "then-registered club" three times between March 4, 2006 and July 28, 2013. Black has also been charged with breaching the SFA's disciplinary rule 22 by "betting on a further 10 football matches that involved then-registered club" and "betting on a further 147 football matches" (PA, 8/19). ... Serbian tennis player VIKTOR TROICKI "has appealed" to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over his 18-month suspension for violating doping regulations. The 27-year-old was suspended by the Int'l Tennis Federation in July "for not providing a blood sample at the Monte Carlo Masters in April" (REUTERS, 8/20).
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