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Volume 6 No. 211

People and Pop Culture

Serie A club AS Roma named sports business exec & attorney ITALO ZANZI its CEO (AS Roma). ... All India Football Federation President PRAFUL PATEL was "unanimously reelected" at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday. All of the members were elected unopposed. Goa-based industrialist SRINIVAS DEMPO (west), KMI MATHER (south), SUBHASH CHOPRA (north) and LARSING SAWYAN (northeast) are the new VPs, while SUBRATA DUTTA "will be enjoying his third term as VP" (IANS, 12/20). ... The Australian Rugby Union "has denied there is discontent in the ranks after a second high-profile resignation in 10 weeks," with High Performance Manager DAVID NUCIFORA departing Thursday. Nucifora "was a close ally" of former Managing Dir & CEO JOHN O'NEILL, who stood down in October. ARU acting CEO MATT CARROLL said that Thursday night's change "was a natural part of any organisation" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 12/21). ... League One club Crawley Town has appointed RICHARD LOW as its CEO. He will take over from ALAN WILLIAMS (Crawley Town). ... World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association Directors STEVE DAVIS and KEN DOHERTY both kept their positions following the Annual General Meeting of the sport's governing body (World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association).

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Former French F1 driver JEAN ALESI has "announced his retirement from active racing" after 13 years in F1, five year in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM), two 24 Hours of Le Mans starts and one Indy 500 start (AUTO BILD, 12/19). ... Dutch national team striker KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR "has reportedly signed a contract extension with Bundesliga club Schalke 04." Huntelaar's current contract with the Royal Blues ends at the end of the season (SID, 12/19). ... ANGELINA JOLIE is "set for her second film project as a director, and first for a major studio (Universal)." The film is titled "Unbroken" and is the story of LOUIS ZAMPERINI, an Olympian who became a WWII prisoner of war (ENTERTAINMENT WISE, 12/19). ... SYED RAHIM NABI "has been voted the All India Football Federation Player of the Year 2012 by the I-League club coaches" (PTI, 12/20).

AP's STEVE WILSON: "Doomsday front of Gazzetta dello Sport. "Judgement Day" w/ frescoes of Messi, Maradona, Bolt, Federer, Beckham et al"

EPL Head of Public Relations PHILIP DORWARD: "As Scotland has already successfully survived one armageddon in 2012 I'm pretty confident the motherland will breeze through tomorrow."

London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Qatar Tourism Authority signs €150m a year deal with PSG. They may as well just blow a big raspberry in the face of Uefa's FFP accountants."

Hindustan Times' MADHAVAN NARAYANAN: "India's ideology is now T20. It is a state of mind. The new opiate for the masses"

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