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Volume 10 No. 22

People and Pop Culture

Williams Grand Prix Holdings announced that CLAIRE WILLIAMS will become the deputy team principal of the Williams F1 Team. The newly created position will see Williams work alongside Founder & Team Principal FRANK WILLIAMS in the day to day running and long-term development of the race team. She will take up her new position immediately, while also retaining her commercial director role leading the marketing, communications and sponsorship functions of the business. Williams will continue to be part of the company's board of directors and will be supported by and work in collaboration with the full board (Williams). REUTERS reported if "she does eventually take over from her father as team principal, Williams will not be the first woman to run a F1 outfit." Swiss-based Sauber already has MONISHA KALTENBORN as principal. Williams will effectively be running the team "at those races the principal does not attend" (REUTERS, 3/27). The AP wrote the announcement was planned to be made before the season, "but was delayed after the death of her mother, VIRGINIA WILLIAMS, this month." Frank Williams said the promotion had his wife's blessing and that she "would have been incredibly proud to have seen Claire taking on this position by my side" (AP, 3/28).

Media company Wige Creation has appointed former ProSiebenSat.1 Sports Dir SVEN FROBERG "as its new senior VP." The 41-year-old "will start his new position on May 1" (DWDL, 3/26). Williams Grand Prix Holdings has named CLAIRE WILLIAMS as deputy team principal (Williams).

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Chelsea Owner ROMAN ABRAMOVICH "may take legal action" against RBC Media group, which reported Monday that Abramovich was detained by the FBI in the U.S. The report was published by the RBC TV division on Monday, "and was immediately denied." However, shares of companies owned by Abramovich "experienced a sharp drop on exchanges after the report" (MOSCOW NEWS, 3/26). ... Former Olympic Gold Medalist YASUHIRO YAMASHITA will assume the responsibility for eradicating abuse within the All Japan Judo Federation. Yamashita was appointed to take charge of the federation’s “declaration to eradicate abuse" (KYODO, 3/27). ... Ace Indian shuttler SAINA NEWHAL was on Wednesday nominated for the 2012 Female Player of the Year Award of the Badminton World Federation. Saina is the only non-Chinese among the five contenders. The four Chinese are world No. 1 LI XUERUI, Olympic Silver Medallist WANG YIHAN Olympic Women's Doubles gold-winning pair TIAN QING/ZHAO YUNLEI (PTI, 3/27). ... Former Brazil football coach MANO MENEZES has planned to resume his managerial career with a European club, his agent CARLOS LEITE has revealed (XINHUA, 3/27). ... Norwegian speedskater HJALMAR ANDERSEN, who won three Gold Medals in three days to become the most decorated athlete at the 1952 Oslo Olympics, "died on Wednesday only days after celebrating his 90th birthday." Known affectionately as "King Happy," Andersen "died in an Oslo hospital after suffering a fall in his home on Monday" (REUTERS, 3/27).

MATTERS OF THE COURT: Former St. Kilda tagger STEVEN BAKER has been banned from all forms of football for the rest of his life after "being found guilty for his part in an incident that left an opponent with a broken jaw." Baker has "strongly protested his innocence" and the club has already lodged an appeal over the incident on March 9 (THE AGE, 3/28). ... Former All Black player JERRY COLLINS "has been released from custody in Japan." Collins had been in custody since March 17, following his arrest at a city department store for carrying knives (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 3/27). ... Two-time Olympic cross country skiing champion ANDRUS VEERPALU "won his appeal Tuesday against a three-year doping ban despite the sport's highest court suspicion he used human growth hormone." The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the Estonian skier's appeal citing "procedural flaws" that could have caused false positive test results (AP, 3/26). … Chinese Super League Guangzhou Evergrande head coach MARCELLO LIPPI "has been widely tipped to replace" Spaniard JOSE ANTONIO CAMACHO as head of the Chinese national team next year (CHINA DAILY, 3/27).

Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "Germans enjoying @TommyHaas13 victory over Djokovic. It's been a while since big German wins in tennis. Since, well....Tommy Haas"

AP's ROB HARRIS: "Scottish FA: "Our objective is to make Scotland a force in international football again." when were they a force?"

The London Independent's SAM WALLACE: "The goalscorer Damjanovic & a few Montenegro team-mates at Podgorica airport. They look like they've been celebrating all night"

Sky Sport News HD's GERNOT BAUER: "Immer wieder Wahnsinn wie sich italienische Spieler schauspielerisch betätigen wenn sie Nähe Strafraum berührt werden #shitstormpotential" ... ("It is again and again insane how Italian players act when they get touched close to the box #shitstormpotential")

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