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SBD Global/October 31, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published October 31, 2013
QUESTIONED ABOUT ASSAULT: Former tennis player MARTINA HINGIS "has been questioned by Swiss police over claims that she assaulted" her French husband THIBAULT HUTIN. Hutin "filed a complaint in September over an alleged assault" by the 33-year-old Swiss former world No. 1 as well as her mother, MELANIE MOLITOR, and boyfriend MARIO WIDMER (THE AGE, 10/31). ... Newcastle boxer CHAD "HOLLYWOOD" BENNETT "has denied allegations that he or anyone representing him" offered proposed Filipino opponent JIMREX JACA money to throw their fight. Jaca's trainer, FRANKLIN ALBIA, said that "they were approached with a proposal to throw the junior welterweight fight" for A$3,500 ($3,320), of which A$2,000 would have gone to the fighter and A$1,500 to Albia (BRISBANE TIMES, 10/30). ... Retired MotoGP driver CASEY STONER "tested a new frame and engine in what Honda labelled a 'gruelling' three-day MotoGP test at Sugo." The two-time champion "focused solely on Honda's prototype machines, completing runs on both the 2013 RC213V and an updated version of its 2014 counterpart" (AUTOSPORT, 10/30).
PAYING THE PRICE: England batsman KEVIN PIETERSEN "has accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages over a Specsavers advert which implied that he might have tampered with his bat during the Ashes." The advert was prompted by controversy in the third Test at Old Trafford in August -- "a draw between the two sides which meant the home nation retained the Ashes, but a match also blighted by allegations of dishonest tactics." Specsavers Optical Group Ltd. "accepted that Pietersen did not behave in the manner suggested, apologised and had already removed the advert from circulation." It also agreed "to pay him substantial damages and his legal costs" (SCOTSMAN, 10/9). ... County Championship side Lancashire County Cricket Club Head coach PETER MOORES "has agreed a new deal at Lancashire keeping him at the club" until '15. The 50-year-old joined the Red Rose county in '09 and "led them to a first outright Championship title victory for 77 years" in '11 (BBC, 10/29).
VA, VA, FROOME: Britain's Tour de France champion CHRIS FROOME "has won the prestigious Velo d'Or award as the best rider" of '13. The Team Sky rider "is the second Briton to be given the award in as many years" after teammate BRADLEY WIGGINS earned the accolade 12 months ago. Colombia's NAIRO QUINTANA, "the Tour runner-up as well as leading climber and best young rider, was voted prospect of the year." CHRISTOPHE RIBLON -- winner of the Alpe d'Huez stage at the Tour de France --"won the Velo d'Or Francais as best French rider" (BBC, 10/30). ... Former ManU Manager ALEX FERGUSON's autobiography has become the U.K.'s "quickest-selling non-fiction book since records began in 1998, shifting 115,547 in its first few days of sale." According to The Bookseller, the book pips previous record holder DELIA SMITH, whose '99 cooking book "sold 112,000 copies in its first week." Indeed, figures reveal £1.4M ($2.2M) was spent on Fergie's book last week out of £30.7M ($49M) in total book spending in the U.K. (IRISH MIRROR, 10/30).