Names In The News
Serie A Juventus coach ANTONIO CONTE and captain GIANLUIGI BUFFON have "led a club delegation" to meet POPE FRANCIS at the Vatican. Pope Francis "is a football lover and an avid fan of Argentine team San Lorenzo," although he is also said to like Juventus because of his "family's roots from the Piedmont region" (AP, 5/22). ... BORIS BECKER has been named a brand ambassador for online bookmaker Youwin.com. Becker will become the face of Youwin.com's marketing in its efforts to expand to Germany, Canada, Turkey and the U.K. (Youwin.com). ... IOC Finance Commission Chair RICHARD CARRION, of Puerto Rico, entered the IOC presidential race Wednesday, "promising to use his business experience to guide the Olympics through the world's troubled financial times" (AP, 5/22). ... Malaga Manager MANUEL PELLEGRINI "has confirmed that he will leave Malaga at the end of the season and is expected to join" Man City" (EUROSPORT, 5/22). ... Dutch Eredivisie Ajax Amsterdam coach FRANK DE BOER "agreed to extend his contract" until the middle of '17. His former contract ran through '14 (XINHUA, 5/22). ... Spanish runner MARTA DOMÍNGUEZ has been notified by the Int'l Association of Athletics Federation that "anomalies were located in her biological passport." The IAAF will send Domínguez's file to the Spanish federation to decide whether she will face a suspension of two years (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 5/22). ... World No. 2 ANDY MURRAY will not compete in the French Open due to a back injury (EL MUNDO, 5/22). ... Australian batsman DAVID WARNER has been found guilty of breaching the CA Code of Behavior. Warner, who pleaded guitly, received a A$5,750 fine, the maximum financial penalty for a first time offense under rule 6 of CA's Code of Behavior (CA).