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Volume 6 No. 212

People and Pop Culture

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has appointed DAVID LEATHER as COO, replacing RALPH ORD. Leather was a key figure in the successful delivery of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England leading the Manchester team through much of the planning phase. Leather joins the organizing committee from Ernst & Young where he has been a partner since '05. Ernst & Young is a member of Glasgow 2014's sponsor family (Glasgow 2014). ... League Two side Torquay United announced that THEA BRISTOW will take over as chair of the relegation-threatened club. She succeeds SIMON BAKER, who will become vice-chair (BBC, 10/9). ... The New Zealand All Blacks rugby team coach STEVE HANSEN had his contract extended until after the 2015 World Cup (EUROSPORT, 4/10). ... Second Bundesliga club FC Cologne has appointed FRANK SAHLER as its head of marketing & sales. The 41-year-old home improvement store Hornbach district head of marketing communications will succeed JOACHIM LANGE on June 1 (HORIZONT, 4/10). ... La Liga Valencia will choose its new president at a shareholders' meeting on June 4. The interim president until that date will be VICENTE ANDREU, who has been an exec with the club for 27 years (EL MUNDO, 4/10). ... Former Spain and Real Madrid defender MICHEL SALGADO was "unveiled as the director of football" at Dubai Sports City's new football academy. Salgado will oversee programs for children age 6 to 16 "amid state-of-the-art facilities" (GULFNEWS, 4/10).

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Canadian PM STEPHEN HARPER is urging NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN "to let the league's stars play in the Sochi Olympics." Harper said that he "speaks for all Canadians who want to see the country's top players don the Maple Leaf at the Winter Games next year" (AP, 4/9). ... A criminal case has been opened against businessman and former Russian Olympic Committee Deputy Head AKHMED BILALOV, whom President VLADIMIR PUTIN "publicly scolded and sacked over delays and cost overruns at the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort in Sochi." Bilalov is accused of "spending money allocated to the North Caucasus Resorts state corporation on lavish trips to London and across Russia" (THE MOSCOW TIMES, 4/10). ... The Japan Sumo Association will "not appeal a court ruling that forces the body to reinstate" wrestler SOKOKURAI, "whom the body had expelled in 2011 over match fixing" (THE JAPAN TIMES, 4/4). ... Australian test cricket captain MICHAEL CLARKE has been named "Wisden's leading cricketer of 2012, becoming only the third Australian" to receive the honor (AAP, 4/10). ... The British Darts Organisation has "vowed to investigate vile racist jokes" by COMPERE MARTIN FITZMAURICE, the man dubbed the voice of BBC darts. Fitzmaurice -- famous for his catchphrase 'Let's play darts' -- was forced to apologize after he "shocked an audience with remarks about Asians and black people" (DAILY MAIL, 4/10). ... A Brazilian civil court has "blocked bank accounts and seized property" belonging to former Brazil and Real Madrid coach VANDERLEI LUXEMBURGO "over an unpaid lawsuit." The decision is "the latest attempt" to force the 60-year-old to pay referee RODRIGO MARTINS CINTRA $68,000 "for moral damages" awarded in a '06 civil action (XINHUA, 4/9).

Sky Sports News' RACHEL BROOKES: "Landed in China, good morning Shanghai! Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber on our flight. Mark has a new, very short haircut. #chinesegp"

Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "Many @BVB Dortmund fans want @FCBayernin the semis or @ChampionsLeague final. Revenge for their league loss"

London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON:"I see FA are selling this neutrals section at Wembley on Sat as an opportunity for "FA Cup fans" to go. How many "FA Cup fans" do you know?"

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