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Volume 6 No. 215

People and Pop Culture

Korea Professional Baseball club Hanwha Eagles left-hander RYU HYUN-JIN has the chance to join the MLB L.A. Dodgers "on a big contract," according to Kang Seung-woo of the KOREA TIMES. Ryu said, "It’s a dream come true." The Dodgers' winning bid totaled at $25.7M "to negotiate a contract over a 30-day period" with the 25-year-old. The offer ranks as the fourth highest for an Asian player behind three Japanese pitchers: $51.7M for YU DARVISH, $51.1M for DAISUKE MATSUZAKA and $26M for KEI IGAWA. Estimates vary "about the pay package Ryu may be offered." Ryu's agent is SCOTT BORAS, who represents "many top-dollar players in MLB." Boras has reportedly said that Ryu "could wait and earn free-agent status by playing two more years for Hanwha if the deal offered is considered too low, as that would raise his value significantly" (KOREA TIMES, 11/11).

Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee named SIDNEY LEVY as the organization CEO and LEONARDO GRYNER the COO in an internal rewstructuring ... World Cup-winning New Zealand national cricket team player KATRINA KEENAN has been appointed as the team's coach. Keenan "has previously been assistant coach of the White Ferns and has also spent four years in Japan coaching the national women's team" (APNZ, 11/12). ... Basketball Bundesliga club BBC Bayreuth "appointed MARKO BEENS as its managing director starting Jan. 1." The 42-year-old will succeed MANFRED SCHÖTTNER, "who will step down from the position on his own request" (BBC Bayreuth). ... Int'l Korfball Federation President JAN FRANSOO has informed the membership of the Association of IOC Recognized Int'l Sports Federations (ARISF) that he will not run for a third term as president when his current term expires in May. He will have served on the ARISF Council for 12 years, including eight years as president (IKF). ... The Int'l Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced the new members of the ISAF Council. Italian CARLO CROCE was appointed president and chairman. The elected vice presidents are: GEORGE ANDREADIS (Greece), CHRIS ATKINS (Great Britain), ADRIENNE GREENWOOD (New Zealand), NAZLI IMRE (Turkey), GARY JOBSON (U.S.), QUANHAI LI (China) and SCOTT PERRY (Uruguay) (ISAF).

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Former NBAer GILBERT ARENAS, who has been working out with the Chinese Super League club Shanghai Sharks, "has impressed both the coaching staff and front office," but so far an official deal has yet to be announced by the team. On Friday, Chinese website QQ Sports reported that the two sides "have come together on a one-year deal that will include a mutual option for a second" (, 11/12). ... Tennis world No. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC "celebrated a sweet victory" over JUAN MARTIN DEL PORTO in the ATP Tour Finale semifinals by "handing out chocolates during his post-match press conference." He asked reporters to stay for a moment longer after the conference ended, and then he "proceeded to walk around the room offering them to the bewildered but amused press pack" (AFP, 11/11). ... Rugby player SONNY WILLIAMS expects to submit a contract to the Australian Rugby League Commission by the end of the week after a meeting with interim CEO SHANE MATTISKE "cleared the way for his return to rugby league." National Rugby League club Sydney Roosters will Tuesday "formally announce the worst kept secret in rugby league when Williams fronts a media conference at Allianz Stadium to reveal he has agreed to a one-year contract with the club" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/13). ... Irish boxing coach BILLY WALSH "received the Freedom of Wexford at a special ceremony in Wexford Opera House on Sunday afternoon." The award "comes after his achievement in guiding Ireland's boxers to a Gold, Silver and two Bronze Medals at the London Games (, 11/12). ... Football Federation of Ukraine President ANATOLY KONKOV revealed that former Ukraine national football team striker ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO "has been offered the job of national head coach." The position "has been vacant since OLEG BLOKHIN's departure for Dynamo Kiev" (AFP, 11/12).

MOVING ON: Brit DAVID DAVIES, the Olympic Silver and Bronze Medal-winning swimmer, "has retired a decade after his int'l debut." Davies "will work as a mentor for Sport Wales." He said: "I have had an amazing career. I have achieved so much more than I ever thought possible when I was a youngster" (LONDON TIMES, 11/12). ... LANCE ARMSTRONG "has stepped down as a board member of Livestrong, the cancer-support charity he founded in '97." Livestrong Chair JEFF GARVEY said in a statement: "Lance Armstrong has chosen to voluntarily resign from the Board of Directors of the Livestrong Foundation to spare the organization any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career" (REUTERS, 11/12).

Bloomberg's TARIQ PANJA: "Sauber F1 prinipal Monisha Kaltenborn says first female driver could be 4-5 years away. She's the first female to lead an F1 team."

Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Close run thing between IRB and the ATP as to which has the most bafflingly complex rankings system. Fifa's is exempt for being bonkers."'s MARC STEIN: "Strong rumbles from China that this is the week Gilbert Arenas finally makes it official that he's signing w/Yao Ming-owned Shanghai Sharks"

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