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Volume 10 No. 22

People and Pop Culture

Handball Bundesliga (HBL) side HSV Hamburg has appointed former football goaltender FRANK ROST as managing director. A local radio station reported that the 39-year-old "will sign a contract with the club at the end of the week." Rost said, "As long as nothing has been signed, I won't confirm it or deny it" (SID, 6/11). ... Premier Soccer League Mamelodi Sundowns President PATRICE MOTSEPE is "restructuring the club's management by redeploying his personnel." Former Bafana Bafana coach TROTT MOLOTO "has been moved from the position of technical head to that of chief scout." Former Sundowns captain and U23 national team assistant coach MIKE "NANANANTOMBELA, who was the team manager before the weekend meeting, "has since been given the position that was held by Moloto." Former skipper MIKE MANZINI "is expected to go back to his job of team manager" (SOWETAN LIVE, 6/12). ... Super Rugby League club Widnes Vikings has appointed MATT BEECH to its board of directors (SKY SPORTS, 6/12). ... Super Rugby Leage club Waikato Chiefs is on the lookout for a new CEO after GARY DAWSON "announced his decision to leave at the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season after 13 years in the role" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 6/12).

COACHES/MANAGERS: Second Bundesliga club FC Cologne has appointed Austrian PETER STÖGER as its new head coach. After lengthy negotiations, the club "reached an agreement with Stöger's previous employer," Austrian Bundesliga side Austria Vienna (RP ONLINE, 6/12). ... SERGIO SCARIOLO, the former coach of Spain's national basketball team, has been named the new coach of Spanish Basketball League (ACB) club Caja Laboral. Scariolo previously coached the club from '97-99 (MARCA, 6/12). ... Five weeks before it begins its Champions League qualifying campaign, Israeli Premier League side Maccabi Tel Aviv "announced on Wednesday that it has agreed a two-year deal" with PAULO SOUSA to coach the team. Spaniard OSCAR GARCIA "announced three weeks ago that he was leaving the side after a single season due to personal reasons" (JERUSALEM POST, 6/12).  

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British Olympic Gold Medal winners MO FARAH and GREG RUTHERFORD "will lead a strong Great Britain team in the first major competition to be staged on home soil since the Olympic Games." High jumper ROBBIE GRABARZ, "struggling to regain the form of last season, is included in the team." CHRISTINE OHURUOGU is part of the 4x400m relay team, along with her sister, VICKY (LONDON TIMES, 6/12). ... Retired seven-time F1 world champion MICHAEL SCHUMACHER "will help the flood victims in Germany" and "auction off his racing overall from his time with Mercedes." The 44-year-old "will donate the auction's proceeds to people in need" (DPA, 6/11). ... Biathlon legend OLE EINAR BJOERNDALEN "will retire" after the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The 39-year-old "is the most decorated athlete in the sport's history" (EUROSPORT, 6/12). ... League Championship Blackburn Rovers Chair DUMISANI MCEDANI was "charged with assaulting a match official." Blackburn was acquitted, but Mcedani "was found guilty and was suspended from all footballing activities under the auspices" of the National Soccer League for four years. He was also "ordered to pay all the costs of the hearing including the cost of securing the attendances of the League’s witnesses" (SOWETAN LIVE, 6/12). ... Cricket Australia suspended batsman DAVID WARNER for Australia's ICC Champions Trophy match against New Zealand Wednesday night for a breach in CA's Code of Behaviour. Warner was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with an England player early Sunday morning following the ICC Champions Trophy match between the teams in Birmingham (CA). ... F1 Ferrari driver FELIPE MASSA will remain with the Ferrari team for '14. Ferrari CEO STEFANO DOMENICALI said, "Despite what has been said, he will stay with us, for sure. If Felipe continues as he is I do not see a problem for his future. I see no reason not to stay with Felipe" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 6/12).

NBA ROAD TRIPS: NBA Houston Rockets G JAMES HARDEN "arrived in Taiwan for a three-day visit on Wednesday." During his visit, Harden "will give a speech to high school basketball players, take part in an online 'meet-the-fans' forum and practice with Taiwan's national team before leaving the country" Friday (WANT CHINA TIMES, 6/12). ... Organizers behind NBA L.A. Lakers G KOBE BRYANT's planned visit to the UAE this year have described it as a “huge” boost for basketball in the country. Bryant "will run a two-day skills camp in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in September" (GULF NEWS, 6/12).

SAYING SORRY: Australian national coach HOLGER OSIECK apologized on Wednesday after saying "women should shut up in public" following the Socceroos' World Cup qualifying victory over Jordan in Melbourne. Osieck made the comment prior to starting his post-match news conference after the 4-0 win on Tuesday, with the German adding "I'm going to be the darling of all Australian wives" after discovering the cameras were already rolling. Osieck: "It was off the record and... a complete misunderstanding... it was more meant as a joke. There was no seriousness in it" (REUTERS, 6/12).

Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "Say what? #Socceroos coach #Osieck says before presser "Women should shut up in public.""

TV presenter GARY LINEKER: "If Messi is not incarcerated in Spain I fancy in 13 months time Argentina may well be World champions."

FIFA MEDIA: "Football legend @Pele joined FIFA today to unveil the official @Hublot #worldcup countdown clock." (see picture)

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