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Volume 6 No. 212

People and Pop Culture

A-League club Adelaide United coach JOHN KOSMINA has parted ways with the club for the second time in his managerial career, "and this time it is unlikely there will be a third coming," according to Michael Lynch of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. In "a surprising twist, the AAP has reported Kosmina may have left Adelaide knowing there would be another job waiting for him next season -- at Brisbane Roar." It is understood that the coach "had sounded out Brisbane officials about the prospects of a coaching job being available at the Roar next season prior to quitting." Adelaide Chair GREG GRIFFIN said that "he was stunned by Kosmina's decision, which was sparked by Kosmina's concerns about his future with the club and his worries about its long-term strategic planning." Griffin said, "That came as a complete surprise to me. The club was quite frankly amazed" (SMH, 1/28). In Sydney, Ray Gatt reported Adelaide assistant coach MICHAEL VALKANIS "will assume the job on an interim basis," and it is expected he "will be handed the role permanently once the club completes a review of its coaching options" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 1/29).

Former K League Commissioner CHUNG MONG-GYU has been elected president of the Korea FA, according to Kang Seung-woo of the KOREA TIMES. The 51-year-old Hyundai Development Company chairman will serve a four-year term through '16. Chung said, "I want to share the joy with all those in the football circle. I will try to make football a culture that everyone can enjoy" (KOREA TIMES, 1/28). In Seoul, Moon Gwang-lip wrote the appointment of Chung, the "Oxford-educated heir of the Hyundai Group," has been seen as him "following in the footsteps of his cousin" FIFA Honorary VP CHUNG MONG-JOON. Newly appointed Chung won 15 of the 24 votes in the runoff election against KFA Vice Chair HEO SEUNG-PYO. Chung is the "longest-serving football club owner" in South Korea (KOREA JOONGANG DAILY, 1/29). Chung said he will work to achieve the "great integration" of the football community through "communication and harmony." Chung: "I will soon form a panel with football experts and fans, and we'll discuss ideas on how to improve football in this country and how to resolve any outstanding issues at the KFA" (YONHAP, 1/28).

Former Sri Lanka cricketer turned politician SANATH JAYASURIYA "was appointed chairman of selectors in a new-look five-member committee" named by the country's Sports Minister MAHINDANANDA ALUTHGAMAGE on Monday. Jayasuriya, 43, is joined by 1996 World Cup-winning teammate PRAMODYA WICKRAMASINGHE. Former Sri Lanka players HEMANTHA WICKRAMARATNE, ERIC UPASHANTHA and CHAMINDA MENDIS were also appointed as selectors (REUTERS, 1/28). ... Wellington New Zealand's Westpac Stadium CEO DAVID GRAY "is standing down" after 16 years and "declaring it the country's most successful venue." Gray, who will be retiring in June, was hired in '97 when the $130M stadium "was still just a concept." The Wellington Regional Stadium Trust is advertising for a new CEO and "expects a new appointee to take up the job before the end of June" (DOMINION POST, 1/24). Former Blackburn Rovers Chair JOHN WILLIAMS will succeed PETER HEARD as the new chairman of Professional Game Match Officials Limited. Williams will take up his position at the end of the '12-13 Premier League season. Williams was CEO and chairman of Blackburn from 1998-2011 and more recently worked with BRIAN MARWOOD at the Manchester City football operations department (EPL).

Scottish Premier League club Dundee United has announced that Manager PETER HOUSTON has left the club "by mutual consent" (PA, 1/28). ... Former Bayern Munich and German national team player MEHMET SCHOLL has revealed that "he will terminate his contract as coach of Bayern Munich's reserve team at the end of the season" to focus on his job as broadcast analyst for German public broadcaster ARD (DWDL, 1/28).

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The Lotus F1 team has won "the first battle" of the new F1 season by launching its '13 car on Monday evening ahead of every other team (LONDON TIMES, 1/28). Prior to the unveiling of the new car, Lotus uploaded a video to its YouTube channel that showed former "Friends" actor MATT LEBLANC interviewing Lotus driver KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN about his new car (SBD GLOBAL). ... Heptathlete JESSICA ENNIS’ coach has been given a “take it or leave it” ultimatum as he ponders whether to accept a new role with UK Athletics. TONI MINICHIELLO has been offered a consultancy role with the governing body "on reduced pay" (LONDON TIMES, 1/28). ... Ex-professional cyclist GRISCHA NIERMANN said that he took the banned performance-enhancing substance EPO, "becoming the fourth former Rabobank team rider to say he’s cheated." In October, Rabobank ended its 17-year sponsorship of cycling. Last week, Rabobank said doping admissions made by three of its former athletes were "disturbing and shocking" (BLOOMBERG, 1/28).

TOP OF THE CHART: Spanish tennis player DAVID FERRER "has become for the first time in his career the top Spanish player in the ATP rankings." Ferrer has surpassed the injured RAFAEL NADAL to become No. 4 in the rankings. Nadal dropped to No. 5 (MARCA, 1/28). ... Sky Deutschland Chief Commentator MARCEL REIF "has extended its contract with the pay-TV channel until summer '15" (DWDL, 1/28). ... Broadcaster BeIN Sport VP CHARLES BIETRY will leave his post "in the upcoming weeks" (TELE, 1/26). ... Chinese sailor GUO CHUAN "finished half voyage of his solo non-stop sailing around the world last week." The mark of Guo's half voyage was a buoy near the Port Coronel Rosales, east of Argentina (XINHUA, 1/28).

ATHLETE CONTRACTS: Istanbul club Galatasaray has completed its signing of Chinese Super League Shanghai Shenhua forward DIDIER DROGBA in a one-and-a-half-year deal (UEFA). ... Barcelona midfielder XAVI has signed a contract extension through June 30, 2016 (AS, 1,28). ... Swiss National League A hockey club SC Berne has signed former Czech Stanley Cup champion PETR SYKORA "to a contract until the end of the season." Sykora has scored 721 points (323 goals/398 assists) in 1,017 NHL games (NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG, 1/28).

NEWS FROM HOLLYWOOD: Newly Oscar-nominated BRADLEY COOPER will star as LANCE ARMSTRONG in American producer JJ ABRAM's "forthcoming biopic of the shamed cyclist." Cooper, who competes for a best actor Academy Award next month for his portrayal of a troubled soul in American Dir DAVID O'RUSSELL's "Silver Lining Playbook," expressed his interest in the role in an interview with BBC last week. Cooper: "I think he's fascinating" (London GUARDIAN, 1/28).

Premier League QPR Manager HARRY REDKNAPP has urged QPR Chair TONY FERNANDES "to get off Twitter," according to Darren Lewis of the London DAILY MIRROR. Redknapp "made the plea after the Loftus Road supremo found himself on the end of a stream of abuse from his own club's fans following the shock 4-2 home defeat to MK Dons." Redknapp said, "The only advice I'd give Tony is get off Twitter. If you don't want to know what people think about you on Twitter, don't be on Twitter." After the loss and getting dropped from the FA Cup, Fernandes "sent out his customary tweets thanking the supporters for their backing." However, he also wrote: "Many fans attacking me. Doing our best" (DAILY MIRROR, 1/28).

Spanish tennis player RAFAEL NADAL: "All my support and strength to the affected of the fire in #Brazil. This kind of situation should not happen again!"

AP's STEVE WILSON: "It's official: Dutch Queen Beatrix is abdicating. IOC member Crown Prince Willem-Alexander (Prince of Orange) to become king." ... "By my count, that would give the IOC one king, five princes, three princesses, two sheiks and one grand duke as active members."

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