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Volume 6 No. 215

People and Pop Culture

TAMAS AJAN of Hungary "has been re-elected to serve four more years" as president of the Int'l Weightlifting Federation, which he has led since '00. Ajan defeated European Weightlifting Federation President ANTONIO URSO (AP, 5/21). ... The man who was dubbed "career delegation leader" for leading most Kenyan athletics teams for the last 16 years to int'l events "has exited the scene." JOSEPH KINYUA, who served as Athletics Kenya's national Treasurer since '93, lost his post to DAVID MIANO "after polling 24 votes against the victor's 36" (XINHUA, 5/21).

Spanish Basketball League (ACB) side Unicaja Malaga will not renew the contract of Croatian coach JASMIN REPESA. The "top candidate to replace Repesa is Zalgiris Kaunas coach JOAN PLAZA" (AS, 5/21). ... EPL club Stoke City Manager TONY PULIS is leaving the club after a total of 10 years in charge after disagreeing with Chair PETER COATES, "who insists that the club requires a new direction." Pulis, who can expect to be paid up his 12-month rolling contract, met Coates Tuesday morning "for a debrief over the club's fifth successive season in the Premier League" (LONDON TIMES, 5/21).

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Former Indian int'l sprinter ANAND SHETTY, 49, "passed away on Tuesday morning" after colliding head-on with a bus near Krotekar, India (PTI, 5/21). ... ManU Manager ALEX FERGUSON "capped his final season in charge of the English Premier League champions by clinching the League Managers' Association Manager of the Year award for the fourth time on Monday" (REUTERS, 5/20). ... German equestrian DIRK SCHRADE's London 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, KING ARTUS, "died suddenly at a three-day event in Germany over the weekend." The 17-year-old Holsteiner gelding "collapsed at the end of the cross-country" at Wiesbaden on Saturday (HORSE AND HOUND, 5/20). ... G4S CEO NICK BUCKLES "has quit unexpectedly" after a difficult year saw him survive calls for his departure "after the mishandling of a high profile contract to provide security guards to the London 2012 Olympics" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 5/21). ... FC Steaua Bucharest Owner GEORGE BECALI "has been jailed for abuse of power" in his role as a member of parliament (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 5/21). ... Bollywood actor VINDOO DARA SINGH "was arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch for his alleged links with cricket betting and bookies on Tuesday." This is the first time "in the current T20 spot-fixing scandal investigation that a Bollywood celebrity has been booked" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 5/21). ... Italy football team Manager GIGI RIVA "has left the Azzurri staff after 50 years." Riva: "I'm not physically up to it anymore." The former Cagliari legend has been a player and member of the management staff for several decades, "but had been suffering from health problems recently" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 5/20).

Williams F1 Chief Race Engineer XEVI PUJOLAR: "#Monaco Race6 #F1 about to take off for our flight to Nice. Today flying with #A319 . Monaco is a unique track so let's see what we can do!"

beIN Sport's PHIL SCHOEN: "Man City might've had probs getting stadium approved, but Yankees will steamroll it thru. Great partners & huge win for #MLS."

The Guardian’s OWEN GIBSON: “Spurs and Arsenal get more Premier League cash than Chelsea because they were shown on TV more often - despite finishing below them.”

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