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Volume 10 No. 23

People and Pop Culture

The ATP announced that ADAM HOGG has been promoted to director of content production. Hogg’s role will focus on ensuring the ATP’s overall content management plan will service the requirements of all ATP departments, members and partners. Hogg will manage the ATP’s English, Spanish and Chinese editorial teams. The organization also announced that ROBERT NEILL has been promoted to VP of information technology and digital media systems. In his new role, Neill will continue to manage all of the technology supported within the ATP/WTA IT Shared Services Department, and take on the responsibility for leading the management, support and development of ATP digital media systems (ATP). ... German Hockey League (DEL) club Ice Tigers Nuremberg has appointed MARTIN JIRANEK and CHRISTOPH SANDNER as new sports director and managing director, respectively. Jiranek and Sandner take over for LORENZ FUNK, "who held both positions and was fired after a disappointing season" (NORDBAYERN, 4/11). ... Bundesliga VfB Stuttgart President GERD MÄUSER will resign from his position on June 3. Mäuser has reached a mutual agreement about his resignation with the club's board of directors. The club will elect a new president at its general meeting on July 22 (VfB Stuttgart). ... Golf Australia announced that KERRI-ANNE KENNERLEY has joined the board of Golf Australia as an appointed director, effective immediately. Kennerley "is a familiar face to many Australians with more than 30 years’ experience in television, entertainment and business where she became famous for hosting her daytime TV programs "Good Morning Australia," "Mornings with Kerri-Anne" and "Midday with Kerri-Anne" (Golf Australia).

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Serie A Juventus coach ANTONIO CONTE "has predicted a long wait before another Italian team wins the Champions League." Conte said, "Today, I see teams like Real Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Paris St. Germain and Barcelona, clubs who have a lot of money, they can buy all the top players and in Italy the situation is different. I can't see an Italian team winning the Champions League in the coming years" (REUTERS, 4/11). ... Brazilian 2014 World Cup organizers said that RONALDO "will remain in his role with the organizing committee despite moving to London to study advertising." Committee Commnunications Dir SAINT-CLAIR MILESI said that "Ronaldo is a volunteer and will contribute despite being away from Brazil in the next few months" (AP, 4/11). ... Red Bull F1 driver SEBASTIAN VETTEL "intensified the bad feelings" between himself and teammate MARK WEBBER on Thursday, claiming that "the Australian hurt the team in the past and thus did not deserve consideration in the Malaysian Grand Prix team orders affair." Vettel claimed that "his decision to ignore team orders and pass Webber in the closing stages of the Malaysian race was 'indirectly' related to past incidents when he felt Webber went against the best interests of their Formula One team" (THE NATIONAL, 4/11). ... Saudi Arabia’s HAFEZ AL MEDLEJ "has rejected reports he has withdrawn from the race for the presidency of the Asian Football Confederation and has instead put himself forward as a candidate for West Asia to unite behind" (SOCCEREX, 4/11). ... Chelsea FC Chair BRUCE BUCK spoke Wednesday about Chelsea's upcoming coaching change at the end of the season. Buck did not mention any names. However, when asked about former Chelsea and current Real Madrid Coach JOSE MOURINHO, he said, "I am open to the possibility. The search has not even begun. We are thinking on it and we have some ideas. Mr. [Owner ROMAN] ABRAMOVICH is thinking on it, but at the moment we are concentrated on the end of the season" (AS, 4/11).

Sports writer, author DAVID TOSSELL: "David Dein at #Soccerex: "No other sports league can match Premier League's 92% attendance level" -- NFL above 94% :)"

BBC's DAN ROAN: "Just asked Roy Hodgson if it's possible he may turn to David Beckham for England. 'Possible but unlikely' sums up his answer. #soccerex"

Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "@FCBayern have got 200,000 ticket requests for their home @ChampionsLeague semi-final match"

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