Names In The News
Brazil President DILMA ROUSSEFF explained her absence from Sunday's Confederations Cup final between Spain and Brazil, assuring that "she does not follow the lead of FIFA, but that she follows Brazil national football team coach Felipe Scolari." Rousseff: "I did not go because I did not go. I did not go because my presence wasn't scheduled" (EFE, 7/2). ... A BBC broadcaster "was told to quieten down by a player at Wimbledon when his on-air segment interrupted her fourth-round match." Belgium's KIRSTEN FLIPKENS stopped play to complain that a journalist standing on a roof overlooking Court 18 "was speaking too loudly." Flipkens gestured angrily up toward JOHN WATSON, who was presenting a segment on BBC World News (AP, 7/2). ... Sport England CEO JENNIE PRICE, who recently warned the Lawn Tennis Association that its plan to get more people playing "simply wasn't good enough" is likely to get the chance to do something about it. Price is "believed to be the favourite to replace" LTA CEO ROGER DRAPER. An announcement "is expected next week" (London GUARDIAN 7/1). ... Premiership rugby side Leicester Dir of Rugby RICHARD COCKERILL "has been suspended for nine games" by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel after he was found guilty of using words that were "obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional" during the Premiership final. Cockerill pleaded not guilty to the charge, but the RFU panel decided he had acted in an "inappropriate and unprofessional" manner and banned him until Nov. 3. He has the right to appeal (PA, 7/1). ... Former England cricketer DARREN MADDY "will retire at the end of the season." The 39-year-old, currently at Warwickshire, made his first-class debut for Leicestershire in '94 and "went on to appear in three Tests and eight one-day internationals for England" between '98 and '00 (PA, 7/2). ... Pakistan-born leg-spinner FAWAD AHMED was named an Australian citizen on Tuesday, "clearing the final procedural hurdle for his selection for the Ashes series against England" starting on July 10 (REUTERS, 7/2). ... EPL Chelsea Owner ROMAN ABRAMOVICH "has left Russian politics because of a new law banning officials from keeping their money abroad, authorities in the region where he was a lawmaker said Tuesday." For 14 years, the tycoon "has held various political offices in the remote region of Chutokta." Until Tuesday, he was speaker of the regional parliament, after spending eight years as governor until '08 (MOSCOW TIMES, 7/2). ... Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner RYOZO KATO, who has come under fire after the league secretly altered its baseball, "insisted anew on Monday he has no plans of stepping down in the wake of the scandal." Kato: "Let history be the ultimate judge in evaluating me" (JAPAN TIMES, 7/2). ... SPORTFIVE has named HARTMUT BARTELS CFO, Finance & Administration. Bartels, 54, worked in business administration for more than 10 years at Stage Entertainment GmbH (SPORTFIVE).