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Volume 6 No. 213

People and Pop Culture

SEO JANG-HOON, "one of the most popular players in the Korean Basketball League’s history, is preparing to draw the curtain on his decorated 15-year career," according to the KOREA JOONGANG DAILY. The six-foot-eight so-called “national treasure” center, has long said that he will retire after the '12-13 season. The 38-year-old is the "all-time leading scorer in the league." He surpassed 13,000 points in December. He averaged 19.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game during his professional career (KOREA JOONGANG DAILY, 3/8).

League Championship club Cardiff City CEO SIMON LIM has stepped in to the role of acting chairman and will replace DATO' CHAN TIEN GHEE. Ghee, "better know as TG to Bluebirds supporters," resigned as club chairman on March 1st. Lim "will combine his new role as acting chairman" with those of his permanent role of CEO duties at the club (BBC, 3/6). ... CHUNG MONG-GYU was inaugurated Thursday as the chief of the Korea FA. He was elected in January. He had previously been the commissioner of the K League (YONHAP, 3/7). ... The Int'l Rugby Board has appointed MURRAY BARNETT as head of commercial, broadcast and marketing. He will be responsible for driving and delivering the IRB’s broadcast, marketing and digital media strategies, whilst increasing the Rugby brand through the flagship Rugby World Cup (IRB).

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Jamaican sprinter YOHAN BLAKE will open his Diamond League campaign at the Doha 2013 meeting on May 10. It will be "the first time that the 23-year-old Olympic double sprint silver medallist will be competing in Qatar" (JAMAICA OBSERVER, 3/7). Blake will also run in the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai in May (AFP, 3/7). ... British Olympic Association Chair  SEBASTIAN COE will appear on ITV's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." All money won on the show "will go to charity." Former running rival STEVE CRAM will be Coe's teammate (London GUARDIAN, 3/7). ... UAE FA Chief YOUSEF AL SERKAL's hopes of getting the backing of west Asian colleagues for the presidency of the Asian Football Confederation will "have to wait until next month." Bahrain Sheikh SALMAN BIN IBRAHIM AL KHALIFA and Saudi Arabia's HAFEZ AL MEDLEJ "have also been nominated," along with Thailand's WORAWI MAKUDI, ahead of the election on May 2 (AP, 3/7). ... The Japan Basketball Association said that it has decided to appoint former NBA coach HERB BROWN "in an advisory role to help revive the fortunes of the women’s national team" (JAPAN TIMES, 3/7). ... Iran Greco-Roman coach RASOOL JAZINI has stepped down from his post (TEHRAN TIMES, 3/7). ... Footballer ANDREW DURANTE became a New Zealand citizen and national coach RICKI HERBERT "wasted no time rushing him into a 19-man squad" for the World Cup qualifiers on March 22 and 26 (STUFF, 3/7). ... Indian cricketer RAHUL SHARMA and South African WAYNE PARNELL "are facing drugs charges" after their detention at a late-night party last year following an Indian Premier League game (AFP, 3/7). ... CONCACAF members will vote on whether U.S. Soccer Federation President SUNIL GULATI or his Mexican federation counterpart JUSTINO COMPEAN will succeed CHUCK BLAZER as the North America representative on the FIFA exec committee April 19 in Mexico City (FIFA).

Paris St. Germain's BLAISE MATUIDI: "On l'a fait!! Le meilleur reste à venir j'espère... Merci pour vos encouragements😉" ("We did it!! The best is yet to come I hope... Thanks for your encouragement😉")

Sky Sports News' RACHEL BROOKES: "Big variation in temperatures forecast for Melbourne next week - from 36 on Wednesday to 22 and cloudy on Sunday! #f1"

The Daily Telegraph's PAUL KELSO: "If the Steaua team are as good as the stadium and the fans Chelsea have a job on here..."

USAIN BOLT: "Happy to see another track & field meet growing in the Caribbean.. See you all soon in Cayman #bolttakeover"

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