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Volume 6 No. 196

People and Pop Culture

Australian tennis player BERNARD TOMIC will approach the All England Club to request an easing of the ban on his father's presence at Wimbledon "after he overcame a dizzy spell to make the second round," according to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. The 20-year-old Australian, who beat American SAM QUERREY in five sets, described how difficult it was to perform at the tournament without the courtside support of his father and coach JOHN TOMIC. John "is barred from tournaments under an ATP directive as he awaits trial for allegedly head-butting his son's hitting partner." Tomic "condemned the decision by the ATP to bar his father from Wimbledon," even as a spectator, which he said was arrived at in a 30-second telephone call that did not investigate all the facts. Tomic: "You should resolve something like this face to face. I think you meet with the person" (LONDON TIMES, 6/26).

League Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion "are set to announce former Barcelona midfielder OSCAR GARCIA as their interim manager." With GUS POYET currently appealing his dismissal, "the club cannot name a full-time manager." Garcia arrives in Brighton after coaching Israeli Premier League side Maccabi Tel Aviv last year (London DAILY MAIL, 6/26). ... Int'l media rights company MP & Silva named Spanish broadcaster Prisa Group Sports Dir STEFANO TURCONI its new senior VP for Americas (MP & Silva). ... Former Croatian football player SLAVEN BILIC "has agreed to become coach" of Turkish side Besiktas (REUTERS, 6/26).

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Spanish Basketball League (ACB) side Joventut President JORDI VILLACAMPA has announced that he will complete his current term as president of the club, meaning he will remain with Joventut through '16 (EFE, 6/26). ... Royal Belgian FA President FRANCOIS DE KEERSMAECKER "will serve a further two-year term at the helm" after being re-elected (SOCCEREX, 6/26). ... Ukrainian rally driver VADYM NESTERCHUK died of dehydration in the desert in Abu Dhabi "after his vehicle broke down during a training session for the Silk Way 2013 rally" (SHANGHAI DAILY, 6/26).

ESPN's ADRIAN HEALEY: "Higuain to Arsenal. Spending the RVP money on a striker 4 yrs younger. 3rd in goals in Spain behind Messi/Ronaldo last 6 yrs. Smart move"

TV Presenter GARY LINEKER: "Lot of empty seats on centre court. Corporate lethargy, no doubt. What a waste of tickets so many would give their right arm for #wimbledon"

London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Like to think I again showed my expertise and powers of prediction in this morning predicting a relatively quiet day at Wimbledon."

CNN's PIERS MORGAN: "This is your time @andy_murray - carpe diem. #Wimbledon #Nadal #Federer"

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