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Volume 6 No. 212

People and Pop Culture

The Wimbledon authorities are to call in Australian tennis player BERNARD TOMIC for further talks, after he dropped heavy hints that his father JOHN TOMIC "may be breaking the ban imposed on him by the All England Club," according to Mark Ryan of the London DAILY MAIL. John Tomic is facing an assault charge in Spain after allegedly head-butting Bernard's training partner THOMAS DROUET, "allegedly after an argument over pay." Security guards on every gate at Wimbledon "had a photograph of John Tomic, with strict instructions not to let him enter." But after beating Frenchman RICHARD GASQUET in four sets, Bernard Tomic "suggested that his father may have gained entry anyway, perhaps using a disguise." Asked if he would ask the All England Club to lift the ban if he reached the quarter-finals, "Bernard Tomic merely grinned." Then he said enigmatically, "Yeah, well, maybe my dad is watching. Maybe you guys just can't see him." Tomic was then asked an even more direct question -- "whether he thought John Tomic was somewhere on Centre Court" for Friday's match. Bernard grinned knowingly, "Well, you don't know my dad. You just don't know. He could be there." An All England Club spokesperson said, "We will be speaking to Tomic again about this. But beyond that, we cannot speak about security matters" (DAILY MAIL, 6/29).

Newly promoted Almeria has named Francisco Rodriguez its new coach for its return to Spain's first division.

Rodriguez has spent the last two seasons coaching Almeria's second team in Spain's third division.

At 34, Rodriguez is the topflight's youngest coach.

He will replace Javi Garcia after the former manager and club failed to agree on a contract extension despite earning promotion.

Almeria was promoted with Elche and Villarreal, while Mallorca, Real Zaragoza, and Deportivo La Coruna were relegated.

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McLaren F1 team has recruited Sauber Chief Designer MATT MORRIS to be its engineering director, filling the gap left by the loss of former Technical Dir PADDY LOWE to Mercedes. Morris "will join once he has completed his exit from his contract" at Sauber. Morris moves into the role previously occupied by TIM GOSS, "who was promoted to Lowe's former role in January" (BBC, 6/28). ... Newly promoted South African Premier Soccer League club Mpumalanga Black Aces has promoted current boss JACOB SAKALA to technical adviser (SOWETAN LIVE, 6/28). ... Newly promoted La Liga side Almeria has named FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ its new coach. He will replace JAVI GARCIA (LA AFICION, 6/29). ... Argentine First Division side Colón de Santa Fe President GERMÁN LERCHE confirmed that RUBÉN FORESTELLO will take over as head coach on Monday, replacing PABLO MORANT (OLE, 6/29).

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The Barcelona public prosecutor's office has denied reaching an agreement with LIONEL MESSI and his father "whereby the two of them, charged with tax fraud, would avoid having to go to court," in exchange for a payment of €15M ($19.5M). A prosecutor's office spokesperson said that "they do not know whether the player has paid the Tax Authorities the sum in question as a step towards seeking a pact to bring an end to the judiciary procedure" (MARCA, 6/28). ... The lawsuit that lawyers brought against former Real Madrid and current Chelsea coach JOSE MOURINHO for poking Barcelona coach TITO VILANOVA in the eye in '11 has arrived at Spain's Constitutional Court (TC). At the time, Mourinho was suspended for two games and Vilanova for one, but neither served their suspensions after Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) President ANGEL MARIA VILLAR pardoned them (LIBERTAD DIGITAL, 6/30). ... Paralympic champion OSCAR PISTORIUS has resumed a "low-key" training routine but is not planning a return to competitive athletics any time soon. The 26-year-old "has not raced competitively since he was arrested and charged" over the killing of his girlfriend REEVA STEENKAMP in February (PA, 6/28). ... NBA N.Y. Knicks forward AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE tweeted on Friday that he "has joined a group in talks to buy Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem" (JERUSALEM POST, 6/28). ... NBA Houston Rockets point guard JEREMY LIN greeted his fans in Taiwan via video Friday "to promote an NBA exhibition game to be played in Taipei in October as part of the NBA Global Games series" (CNA, 6/30). ... Former Iranian footballer VAHID HASHEMIAN "was appointed as new head coach of Niendorfer TSV (Oberliga Hamburg)" on Thursday (TEHRAN TIMES, 6/29). KASITI KAMALANAVIN has joined the FA of Thailand presidential race. Kasiti, "a former news anchorman at Channel 5," will run against acting FAT President WORAWI MAKUDI, former national team Manager VIRACH CHARNPANICH and football fan PINIT NGARMPRING in the upcoming election (BANGKOK POST, 6/29). ... Banned ex-Pakistan cricket captain SALMAN BUTT "has admitted his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal for the first time." Butt: "I want to apologize to my countrymen and cricket followers all over the world for having done wrong." Butt was jailed for 30 months "after being found guilty of performing a key role in the scheme in which illegal payments were made to deliberately bowl no-balls during the Lord's Test against England" in August 2010. He is banned for 10 years by the Int'l Cricket Council, "with five years of that ban suspended" (BBC, 6/28).

London Times' KEVIN EASON: "Great deal of disquiet in paddock about Pirelli. Could be major trouble ahead"

Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "Just saw Nico Rosberg sprinting down the paddock chased by TV crews after trip to stewards. He was still smiling."

Football journalist GABRIELE MARCOTTI: "11,000 law enforcement + army officials outside. Fire raging on hillside Mangueira favela up the road. Safe + sound at Maracana."

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