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Volume 6 No. 211

People and Pop Culture

ManU hired veteran U.S. media exec DAVID STERNBERG as its head of media. Sternberg started with the club last month and is relocating to England. In his new role, Sternberg will oversee all of the club's media businesses, including the MUTV channel, websites, mobile, social and print. Sternberg plans to split time between Old Trafford and the club's commercial office in London. Sternberg left as Universal Sports CEO last month. He was replaced by SCOTT BROWN, who was named President of the Olympic and endurance sports network.

F1 Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial has named MARTY HUNT as director of operations. Hunt has 25 years of raceway operations experience. Hunt recently served as Circuit of the Americas director of facilities. He joins an established team that recently welcomed motorsports leader CHRISTOPHER POOK. Other exec team members include YES Network Founding Chair & CEO LEO HINDERY, JR., sports and entertainment veteran DENNIS ROBINSON and sports marketing and corporate development exec DICK GOLDSCHMIDT (Grand Prix of America). ... Skate Canada has hired former Olympic swimmer DAN THOMPSON to be its CEO. Thompson was most recently the president of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, which is "dedicated to helping kids participate in sport and recreation" (CANADIAN PRESS, 6/4). ... IMG Golf has hired RUSSELL HANNAH as director of operations for IMG-managed golf clubs in the EMEA region (IMG).

FOOTBALL NAMES: Portugal FC Porto coach VITOR PEREIRA "has signed a two-year deal" to take charge of Saudi club Al-Ahli. Pereira, who helped Porto retain their Portuguese league crown after beating his arch-rivals Benfica in a riveting title race, "will take over from" Serbian ALEKSANDER ILIC (REUTERS, 6/9). ... La Liga club Celta Vigo has hired LUIS ENRIQUE to replace ABEL RESINO as coach for the next two seasons (AP, 6/8). ... La Liga club Levante has confirmed that JOAQUIN CAPARROS has been appointed head coach for next season. The 57-year-old will replace JUAN IGNACIO MARTINEZ, who "was not handed a new contract at the Ciutat de Valencia, and has joined on a one-year deal" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 6/9). ... League Championship Blackburn Rovers have announced that Operations Dir PAUL AGNEW "has left the club after 17 years." Much of last season "was dominated by reports of a boardroom struggle" between Agnew, Managing Dir DEREK SHAW and Global Advisor SHEBBY SINGH (BBC, 6/7).

Barcelona and Spain midfielder ANDRES INIESTA was quoted in Sunday’s El Pais newspaper as saying Chelsea Manager JOSE MOURINHO “did more harm than good” to Spanish football during his controversial three-year tenure as coach of Real Madrid. Iniesta: “You just have to look at the facts. Yes, he damaged Spanish football, in general more harm than good” (REUTERS, 6/9). ... Former England Manager GRAHAM TAYLOR said that the success of the Premier League "is hindering England's national team." Research has shown that the playing time of English players under the age of 21 in the Premier League "has fallen to its lowest-ever level." Taylor said: "Commercially the Premier League has been a major success but at the expense of English players" (BBC, 6/9). ... Former EPL side Everton captain PHIL NEVILLE revealed on Saturday that he will stop playing ''at any level'' and not just in the Premier League. Neville has a "bug" for coaching and is campaigning for the best English youngsters, like Chelsea's NAT CHALOBAH, "to be given a starting chance by their clubs" (London TELEGRAPH, 6/8). ... Horse trainer CHRIS WALLER is no longer just Sydney's premier trainer, "but an irrepressible force." In the past month, he has won almost A$2M ($1.9M) during the Brisbane winter carnival, "preparing seven stakes winners, two of them at group 1 level, in a planned attack that has delivered nine wins from 26 starters" (THE AGE, 6/10). ... The Cuban Athletics Federation warned that Olympic Gold Medalist hurdler DAYRON ROBLES "is not authorized to represent any other country in the Memorial Primo Nebiolo," held on Saturday at the Italian city of Turin (XINHUA, 6/9). ... Chilean footballer RODRIGO RUIZ has announced his retirement, ending a 21-year professional career (EMOL, 6/9). ... Former footballer and current Primavera youth team coach FABIO LIVERANI “will be appointed Genoa coach next week” (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 6/9). ... La Liga side Athletic Bilbao has decided to “call it a day” with Manager MARCELO BIELSA after two seasons (MARCA, 6/8).

AP's STEVE WILSON: "That's 8 for the gr8 Nadal."

Int'l Rugby Board CEO BRETT GOSPER: "Nadal would win world championships in pottery and pigeon shooting #KingOfClay"

Fox Sports' GREG COUCH: "I'd just like to know how the guy got into the stadium with that flare, and then onto the court. On-court security was good, but not sure b4"

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