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Olympic sprint champion from Italy PIETRO MENNEA, who held the world record in the 200m for 17 years, died on Thursday at the age of 60. The Italian Olympic Committee said Mennea died in a Rome clinic, "but no cause of death was given." Mennea won gold in the 200m and bronze in the 4x400m at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, plus a bronze in the 200m at the 1972 Munich Games (AP, 3/21). ... British Judo announced medical practitioners tribunal service panellist SARA HAYES will join as non-exec director. She joins MARK PALIOS and CHRIS DANIELS (British Judo). ... Golfer MATTEO MANASSERO, the youngest player to win the 2011 Malaysian Open, spent some time with about 100 children under the Maybank Junior Golf program at a coaching clinic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (STAR ONLINE, 3/21). ... Industry-renowned TV director HAMISH HAMILTON will receive the Bafta Special Award at the British Academy of Television Craft Awards. For his direction of the broadcast of the London 2012 Opening and Closing ceremonies and BEYONCÈ's Beyoncé's Superbowl Half time Show performance in February. Hamilton will be presented with the award on April 28 (London TELEGRAPH, 3/21). ... Former AFL player LIAM JURRAH wants to "rekindle his football career after a jury found him not guilty of assaulting his cousin at a brawl last year." After nearly eight hours of deliberations a jury of seven women and five men told the Alice Springs Supreme Court that they had "unanimously decided the former Melbourne Football Club player was not guilty of the crime," which carried a maximum penalty of 14 years' jail (AAP, 3/21).