Published August 13, 2014
IOC member PRINCESS HAYA
of Jordan "cited her relief work for Gaza as a reason not to seek re-election" as Int'l Equestrian Federation president.
Princess Haya "was expected to win a third four-year term in December, when she will now also have to give up her Olympic position" (AP, 8/12
). ... EPL side Queens Park Rangers has appointed former England Manager GLENN HODDLE
"as first-team coach on a part-time basis."
The 56-year-old will work with fellow coaches JOE JORDAN
and KEVIN BOND
in assisting Manager HARRY REDKNAPP
). ... Former Pakistan cricketer DANISH KANERIA
's "application to appeal against a life ban for spot-fixing has been refused." Kaneria "was banned in June 2012 after being found guilty of corruption while playing for Essex during a one-day match in 2009."
The 33-year-old "denies wrongdoing," but the Court of Appeal said his application was "totally without merit" (BBC, 8/12
). ... Former NBA player JOSH CHILDRESS
"has signed a one-year deal with the Sydney Kings and will play a major role in filling the hole left by fellow American" SAM YOUNG
. Although the Kings "won't be paying Childress anywhere near as much as what he was on at the Phoenix Suns" in '12, he stands to make $7M this season from Phoenix, which used an amnesty clause to wipe him from the books in '12 (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/12
FOR A GOOD CAUSE:
Ligue 1 side Paris St. Germain striker ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVICH
has donated £30,000 ($50,000) "to help the Swedish learning difficulties national team compete in the INAS World Championships in Brazil." Assistant coach STEFAN JONSSON
"got in touch with Ibra asking him to donate a shirt for an auction as the side was struggling to raise money."
Jonsson said, "[Ibrahimovic] said, 'What the hell are you going with a jersey? What does it cost to go?' When we said that we needed 350,000 Swedish krone [£30,000], he asked for the account number and deposited it" (London INDEPENDENT, 8/12