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SBD Global/July 23, 2014/People and Pop Culture

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ManU will invite RORY MCILROY "to parade the Claret Jug at Old Trafford after his victory at the Open on Sunday." The "lifelong United supporter will most likely show off the trophy at the club's opening home game of the season, the visit of Swansea City" on Aug. 16. After claiming his third major at Hoylake, "which is on the Wirral on Merseyside," McIlroy joked, "Even being a Manchester United fan I got great support his week and I want to thank everyone for that." On Tuesday, McIlroy "turned up to meet Northern Ireland’s political leaders minus the jug which he said needed cleaning after a night out celebrating." On Monday night the jug "had taken pride of place on the table of a Belfast nightclub as McIlroy, 25, partied with friends" (London GUARDIAN, 7/22). ... Dragon Racing, the L.A.-based team owned by media & publishing entrepreneur Jay Penske, announced the signing of JEROME D'AMBROSIO to compete in the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. D'Ambrosio joined the Lotus F1 team as a reserve driver for '12 and '13, taking part in the 2012 Italian Grand Prix. More recently, he signed with Bentley for its return to endurance racing (Formula E). ... Portuguese cyclist RUI COSTA "has become the latest high-profile cyclist to withdraw from the Tour de France." The defending world road race champion, 13th in the overall standings behind leader VINCENZO NIBALI, "was forced to retire after an outbreak of pneumonia." His team Lampre-Merida said that the 27-year-old was suffering from "a general state of fatigue" (BBC, 7/22). ... National Rugby League side Parramatta Eels Chair STEVE SHARP "claims he was urged to take out an apprehended violence order against former teammate" TERRY LEABEATER due to "'constant, personal and intense' attacks as political infighting again rocks the wooden spooners."  Eels Deputy Chair TOM ISSA "has also taken out an AVO against Leabeater, with both matters scheduled to be heard at Parramatta Local Court next month." Sharp and Leabeater "have fallen out over the direction of the club and the dramas will now spill over into the courtroom." An Eels spokesperson said, "Over a period of several months Parramatta Eels chairman Steve Sharp has tried on numerous occasions to discuss privately Mr. Leabeaters concerns regarding the club." Leabeater said that "he was not any sort of a threat to Sharp or Issa and would be contesting the AVO" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/22). ... Former German boxer HENRY MASKE "has acquired an 8% stake in the German Sports Lottery (DSL)." The non-profit organization is the brainchild of discus Olympic Gold Medalist ROBERT HARTING "to financially support professional athletes." Maske "was introduced as the DSL's fifth shareholder on Monday" (BERLINER MORGENPOST, 7/21). ... MICHAEL SCHUMACHER "is reportedly showing such signs of improvement at a Swiss rehabilitation clinic, like fluttering his eyelids to communicate, that he could be allowed home by the end of August." It is believed that "while Schmuacher remains paralysed he is able to answer questions from his family by fluttering his eyelids." Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick reported, "There are signs that Michael will leave the clinic soon and be cared for at home" (FOX SPORTS, 7/22).

THAI COACH APOLOGIZES: Thailand national taekwondo coach CHOI YOUNG SEOK "offered his apologies to all Thais for his punishment of his athlete" RUNGRAVEE KHUSURA during a recent tournament. The 40-year-old coach said, "I want to apologize all Thais. I want the matter to end as soon as possible." Rungravee claimed that "she was punched by the coach after her loss in her first match at the Korean Open earlier this month." Choi insisted that "he did not punch Rungravee but only punished her because she arrived late at the competition venue." Choi claimed Rungravee "arrived at the competition venue five minutes late but was allowed to compete before being well-beaten by a Korean opponent" (BANGKOK POST, 7/22).

GLASGOW CALLING: Australian cyclist ANNA MEARES "has been unveiled as Australia's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow." Meares was announced by Chef de Mission STEVE MONEGHETTI "in the role at the Team Australia reception at the village Kelvingrove Museum on Monday," edging out contenders SALLY PEARSON and MICHAEL DIAMOND. It will be Meares' fourth Games, and "should she win a medal in the 500m time trial and the track spring she will surpass" KATHY WATT as Australia's "most successful female Commonwealth Games cyclist" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/22). ... Former Indian cricket player SACHIN TENDULKAR will make his presence felt during the opening ceremony in his capacity as global goodwill ambassador of the UNICEF." The organization has partnered with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games organizers and Commonwealth Games Federation "in a first-of-its-kind initiative to spread awareness" about the problems children are facing all over the world (JAGRAN POST, 7/22).

ROSELL TESTIFIES
: Former Barcelona President SANDRO ROSELL on Tuesday appeared in court before Spanish judge PABLO RUZ to testify to the legality of the contracts that allowed the club to sign Neymar last summer. Rosell explained that he "only signed contracts he received from the legal department and that the contracts were well done." Rosell was charged on Jan. 22 with misappropriation of funds, which led to his resignation (MARCA, 7/22).
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