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Volume 10 No. 22

People and Pop Culture

Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain Sporting Dir LEONARDO "has resigned from his position after two years following a season-long ban." A club statement read, "The club management regrets this decision but respects it. We thank him for his great contributions toward the project of building a top European club and wish him all the best for his future career." Leonardo "will officially step down at the end of the transfer period on Sept. 2" (LE PARISIEN, 7/10). The PA reported Leonardo's influence over new Manager LAURENT BLANC "was always likely to be diluted by the increased ban he received from the French Football Federation" for allegedly pushing referee ALEXANDRE CASTRO following a match against Valenciennes on May 5. Leonardo was initially handed a nine-month ban but, after a failed appeal, it was increased last week to expire on June 30, "during which time he could not be present on the touchline or enter referees' dressing rooms" (PA, 7/10). ... Sports & Entertainment company Legends Chair & CEO DAVE CHECKETTS announced Wednesday that SHERVIN MIRHASHEMI has joined the company as president and COO. Mirhashemi was most recently president of AEG's Global Partnership division (Legends). ... League One Swindon Town has appointed business consultant SANGITA SHAH to the club’s board as a non-exec director. LEE POWER has also been confirmed as a board member. Shah has held senior positions for Mars, KPMG and Ernst & Young, and has also been an adviser to the Cabinet Office, Commonwealth Business Council and HSBC (Swindon Town).

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DAVID HAYE and TYSON FURY "will finally fight in a heavyweight bout" in Manchester, England on Sept. 28, both boxers' camps confirmed in a joint press release (London INDEPENDENT, 7/9). ... Former world triple jump champion PHILLIPS IDOWU "will not be competing" at next month's World Championships in Moscow after announcing he is “taking step back from athletics” (London INDEPENDENT, 7/10). ... La Liga side Real Valladolid has "apparently filed a legal complaint" against former coach MIROSLAV DJUKIC, who resigned at the end of last season, and his assistants for breach of contract. Valladolid are "believed to have launched a complaint at court this week in relation to their belief that Djukic has breached terms of his contract with them, which had another year to run" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 7/10). ... Ethiopian distance runner HAILE GEBRESLASSIE said that "he is entering politics and may run for president of Ethiopia" (AP, 7/10). ... Olympian SCOTT MILLER "has pleaded not guilty to a series of drug and stolen property charges." Miller "appeared briefly" at Waverley Local Court on Wednesday "accused of possessing the drug known as ice." He is also "accused of being in possession" of about A$16,000 ($14,600) cash that is "suspected of being stolen" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/10). ... Mexican President ENRIQUE PEÑA met with construction company ACS and Real Madrid President FLORENTINO PÉREZ, with Pérez saying that ACS will increase its levels of investment in Mexico through "various projects in different sectors of the economy." Pérez also met with Mexican energy secretaries and leaders in the country's communications and transportation departments (LA AFICION, 7/9). ... NBA Oklahoma Thunder player SERGE IBAKA has announced that he will not play for the Spanish national team at the 2013 EuroBasket in Slovenia, which will take place in September. Ibaka made the decision following recommendations from the Thunder's medical staff that he spend the summer resting and recovering from injuries (EFE, 7/10). ... Barcelona President SANDRO ROSELL went into a women's bathroom on Tuesday to avoid the press after La Liga revealed its schedule for next season in Madrid (SPORT, 7/9). ... Spanish Basketball League (ACB) Co-Founder CARLOS CASAS died Tuesday in Manresa, Spain (EL PERIODICO, 7/9).

Newly launched official Twitter feed for MANCHESTER UNITED: "New era, same spirit. The season starts here. Let's do this. #mufc"

Jamaican sprinter YOHAN BLAKE: "What a nice day to sit and watch some wonderful cricket #ashes"

Reuters' KEITH WEIR: "Inspired by the Ashes, just played cricket for first time since 1991. Great afternoon in Kent"

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