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SBD Global/September 17, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published September 17, 2013
CANCER CRUSADER: Cancer survivor and Grand Prix Chair RON WALKER is "crusading to help other Australians finally get access to life-saving drugs." Walker has been personally lobbying his mate -- Prime Minister-elect TONY ABBOTT -- "to improve access to new-generation cancer therapies caught up in red tape" (HERALD SUN, 9/17). ... Former Argentine int'l PABLO AIMAR signed a contract with Malaysian club Johor Darul Takzim on Saturday, "making him one of the biggest foreign names to join a Malaysian football team." Aimar signed for two years, with an option to extend for another three. He is the "highest-ever paid foreign player to have ever graced Malaysian football" (AFP, 9/14). ... Korea volleyball side Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders said that "it will take the case of its former player" KIM YEON-KOUNG to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, unless the Int'l Volleyball Federation (FIVB) "accepts its appeal." Heungkuk's announcement follows the FIVB ruling in Kim's favor on Sept. 6, "allowing the 25-year-old to play for her Turkish club Fenerbahce" (KOREA TIMES, 9/13). ... Banned fast bowler S. SREESANTH claimed "innocence in a letter" to the Board of Control for Cricket in India's disciplinary committee, and said that "his confession to Police in the spot-fixing saga was under duress." Sreesanth: "Under the threat of arrest of my close relatives a statement was forcibly taken in the manner directed by the police" (PTI, 9/16). ... Serie A side AC Milan's KAKÁ has decided to "suspend his salary" while he recovers from an "injury that he expects to sideline him for two or three weeks." In a video on AC Milan's website, Kaká said that all he wants from his team while he recovers is "love and support" so that he can recuperate as quickly as possible (EFE, 9/16). ... English businessman RICHARD BRANSON and the Virgin Kitesurf Armada of 318 kitesurfers "broke a world record for the largest number of kitesurfers to complete a one-mile course and raised money for a collection of charities," including Virgin Unite, Snow-Camp and the RNLI (TVC).
NOTABLE DEATHS: EPL Crystal Palace President PETER MORLEY "has died." Morley "died in his sleep" Saturday night. He was appointed chairman during the club's administration in the late '90s and in '00 "accepted the role" of club president (CROYDON GUARDIAN, 9/16). ... UIM F2 powerboat racing pilot PAOLO ZANTELLI "was killed on Sunday as two powerboats collided" near Milan, Italy. The 48-year-old pilot "remained underwater, probably unconscious, for some time after his powerboat hit another one and capsized at the Idroscalo, an artificial lake near Milan, during a grand prix race" (XINHUA, 9/16).