SBD Global/January 13, 2014/People and Pop Culture

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  • Executive Transactions

    Liga MX side Atlante announced that Argentine PABLO MARINI will replace RUBÉN ISRAEL as the club's coach. Marini previously coached Liga MX clubs Pachuca and Chiapas (LA AFICION, 1/11). ... Toyota Racing Development has promoted DAVID WILSON to president and GM "from his previous role as acting president and GM." Wilson, who has been with the company since '89, "was named acting president and GM last June," when LEE WHITE retired. Prior to that, Wilson has been senior VP (AUTO WEEK, 1/9).

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  • Names In The News

    USAIN BOLT has "no problem" with plans by the World Anti-Doping Agency "to test the hair follicles of athletes in a bid to clamp down on drug cheats in sport." Bolt: "This is the first I'm hearing it. But I think that anyway you can crack down on drug use in sports, I have no problem with it" (REUTERS, 1/11). ... British heptathlete JESSICA ENNIS-HILL has announced that she will miss this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of "some very unexpected and exciting news" -- namely, that "she is expecting her first child." However, the 27-year-old, who last year married her long-time partner ANDY HILL, "insisted she planned to defend her Olympic title" at the 2016 Rio Games. While "there are smiles" in the Ennis-Hill household, the organizers of the Commonwealth Games "will be ruing the loss of a major star." MO FARAH has admitted that the games are "not on my list" for 2014, and Bolt "is yet to commit" (GUARDIAN, 1/10). ... Australia Davis Cup captain PAT RAFTER has come out of retirement to team up with LLEYTON HEWITT in the men's doubles at this year's Australian Open. Rafter "hasn't played on tour since he teamed with another Australian," JOSH EAGLE, in the 2004 Australian Open doubles (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 1/13). ... Mercedes-Benz has named German golfer MARTIN KAYMER as new brand ambassador beginning this week. Kaymer will promote the Mercedes trophy (Mercedes-Benz).

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  • Twitter Me This...

    Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "Classic Kimi. The story behind his #7 pick? "It's the number I already had last year and I saw no reason to change it.""

    London Times' TONY EVANS: "Fifa's next tweak to the offside rule will be the 'it's a goal if enough people want it to be' clause."

    London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Is that really John McEnroe in a toe curlingly dreadful advert for a mobile phone insurance company? Must have had a big tax bill."

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