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Volume 6 No. 212

People and Pop Culture

Lancashire County Cricket Club has named DANIEL GIDNEY as the club’s CEO. The 43-year-old, "who for the past six years has filled the same role at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena," will take over at Old Trafford from JIM CUMBES. Gidney’s appointment brings to an end a long search for Lancashire, who hired a team of head-hunters to "find the right man to lead what is now no longer just a cricket club but a business," which last year had a turnover in excess of £11M ($17.8M) (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 9/20). ... Glasgow 2014 Dir Of Games Time Delivery JACQUI MURDOCH will leave the Games' Organizing Committee. Murdoch was responsible for overseeing delivery of Games-time areas such as sport, Games family relations, venues, the Athletes' Village, and Games services including transport and security. She will leave in November (Glasgow 2014).

COACHING MOVES: The Badminton Association of Malaysia has rehired WONG TAT MENG as the women's singles coach. Meng will replace CHI SHANRONG of China (, 9/20). ... ACB's FC Barcelona Regal announced the renewal of Head Coach XAVI PASCUAL's contract with the club. The 40-year-old will coach the club through the '14-15 season (EUROPA PRESS, 9/20). ... League Two AFC Wimbledon has sacked Manager TERRY BROWN. Assistant STUART CASH has also been removed by the board, with SIMON BASSEY "appointed as caretaker with immediate effect" (EUROSPORT, 9/19).

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Following the death last week of Professor SID WATKINS, "a number of tributes to his memory have been arranged" for this weekend's 2012 F1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix. On Sunday, before the start of the race, F1 CEO BERNIE ECCLESTONE has invited those on the grid "to observe a minute's silence in Watkin's honour." A bronze bust of Watkins will be on display beside the Book of Remembrance (F1). ... LOCOG Chair SEBASTIAN COE has been confirmed as the latest name to join the line-up of speakers at the Doha GOALS Forum Dec. 10-12. Coe will speak on sport's role as an agent of social change. Doha GOALS (Gathering of All Leaders in Sport) is a new initiative designed as a " call to action" for the role that sport plays as a driver for social and economic change (Doha GOALS Forum). ... The Glasgow 2014 Organizing Committee announced that actor and comedian BILLY CONNOLLY will be voicing his support for the Games as a Glasgow 2014 Ambassador. Connolly joins fellow Glasgow 2014 Ambassadors CHRIS HOY and REBECCA ADLINGTON (Glasgow 2014).

A BRIT OF ALL TRADES: British Olympic diver TOM DALEY said that the bright lights of Hollywood "would suit him just fine." Speaking before a homecoming parade in his home city of Plymouth, England to celebrate his Bronze Medal, Daley said, "At the moment, I am studying, but I would like to become a TV presenter or something along those lines. Film work, I'd love to do anything like that. I would love to try anything new really, be it star in a film or playing a small little part in something like that, that would be pretty cool" (AFP, 9/20). ... Olympic 800m champion DAVID RUDISHA will be the event ambassador of the fifth Airtel Delhi half marathon to be held on Sept. 30 in Delhi, India. Rudisha will be in attendance beginning Thursday "to promote the half marathon and encourage the participants" of the Int'l Association of Athletics Federations 'Golf Label' event (THE HINDU, 9/20).

CNN Italian correspondent Tancredi Palmeri: "Unbelievable what happened at Milan camp.Manager Allegri completely lost mind,stopped Inzaghi accusing him publicly to push mgmt to sack him"

Former FA Commercial Dir Jonathan Hill: "PSG spends €250m on transfers. Sponsor/naming rights deal ex Qatar bank rumoured. Current deal? Emirates €3.5mpa/new deal €100mpa. #FFP=joke "

Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick: "Rockets sign deal with East West Bank, which serves U.S. and China. Thank you, Jeremy Lin. #NBA Linsanity"

The Scotsman's Martyn McLaughlin: "Here is Clyde the Thistle, the official mascot of #Glasgow2014 (and a distant cousin of Sonic the Hedgehog, it seems)"