Names In The News
The Parisian police have identified the employee who confessed to having stolen RAFAEL NADAL's watch from his hotel room. After confessing, the thief took the police to the location where he had hidden the watch (MARCA, 6/13). ... The EFE reported that Nadal's watch was a Richard Mille worth about €300,000 ($374,000). It disappeared from his hotel room at the Melia Royal Alma in the VIII district (EFE, 6/12). ... London 2012 Organising Committee Chair and Beyond Sport Ambassador SEBASTIAN COE will announce the winner of the P&G U.K. Impact Award, in association with the Daily Telegraph, at the Beyond Sport London Reception Wednesday (BEYOND SPORT). ... Former Tour de France winner in '10 and second place finisher last year, ANDY SCHLECK will miss this year's Tour de France due to a spine injury he sustained in a fall last week (L'EQUIPE, 6/13). ... The NBA, FIBA and Japanese Basketball Association announced DIKEMBE MUTOMBO, SAMUEL DALEMBERT and VLADIMIR RADMANOVIC will headline Basketball without Borders Asia (NBA). ... The former Dutch national team and Bayern Munich coach, LOUIS VAN GAAL turned down a TV analyst position for Dutch public broadcaster NOS (ONLINE FOCUS, 6/13). ... Bollywood actress NUPUR MEHTA, who was linked to cricket match-fixing allegations by The Sunday Times said that she was "quizzed for two and a half hours by the sport's governing body." She has denied any wrongdoing (AFP, 6/13). ... Former Chelsea player DIDIER DROGBA will coach in an exhibition T20 football match against Indian cricket captain MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI in New Delhi on June 17. Drogba will coach the national winners of the Pepsi T20 amateur football tournament against an all-star lineup managed by former Indian football captain BHAICHUNG BHUTIA (GULF NEWS, 6/14). ... The London Times published its list of the 10 sports stars who have made it big in business. Included in the list were: former Scottish rugby player BILL GAMMELL, former star spin bowler PHIL EDMONDS, former Man City striker FRANCIS LEE, former British tennis player DAVID LLOYD, former rugby player ALEX SNOW, former Tottenham Hotspur player RAMON VEGA, former Blackburn Rovers player DAVE WHELAN, former England and British Lions rugby player FRAN COTTON, former rugby union player PAUL CADDICK, and former Olympian hurddler ALAN PASCOE (LONDON TIMES, 6/12).