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Volume 6 No. 193

People and Pop Culture

Gulf Top 6 rugby side Abu Dhabi Harlequins "have become the first UAE club to appoint an Arabic-speaking director of rugby," having recruited former Jordan player GHAITH JALAJEL for the role. Jalajel "will travel to the capital from Amman next week to take up the newly restructured, full-time position at Quins" (THE NATIONAL, 7/18). ... German coach WINFRIED SCHÄFER "has been hired to lead Jamaica through its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign." The Jamaica Football Federation said that the 63-year-old Schäfer, who replaces 1998 World Cup player THEODORE WHITMORE, has "an impressive resume" (AP, 7/18). ... Serie A side Udinese coach FRANCESCO GUIDOLIN "has extended his contract" through the end of the '16-17 season. Guidolin has been at Udinese since '10 (AP, 7/19). ... Former Argentine footballer JUAN BARBAS has been hired to coach Argentine B club San Jorge (CLARIN, 7/18).

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NBA Dallas Mavericks forward DIRK NOWITZKI showed off his entertainer qualities together with DJ FLULA BORG at a so-called "Auto Tunes" session. The 35-year-old sings the ROLLING STONE song "Satisfaction" in the backseat of a car driven by two Mavs cheerleaders. At the end of the video, the 7-foot German "also displays his dance moves" (BILD, 7/18). ... Brazilian footballer NEYMAR "will wear the No. 11 shirt during his time with Barcelona" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 7/18). ... Vietnamese football fan VU XUAN TIEN, dubbed the "Running Man" after chasing Arsenal's team bus for miles through the streets of Hanoi, said that he "has been invited to watch his heroes play in London" (AFP, 7/18). ... Cricketer VIRAT KOHLI "is all set to follow in the footsteps" of Bollywood actors KATRINA KAIF and HRITHIK ROSHAN "by becoming the face of soon-to-be launched teen superhero MaxSteel." MaxSteel, a property of global toy brand Mattel, "first launched in Latin America a couple of years ago, would enter Indian markets, positioning itself as a brand for boys" (PTI, 7/18). ... Jerusalem Mayor NIR BARKAT "hosted a spectacular gala event at the Tower of David" ahead of the 19th Maccabiah Games opening ceremony at Teddy Stadium. A "who’s-who of VIPs were in attendance," including new Hapoel Jerusalem Owner ORI ALLON and National Hockey League Commissioner GARY BETTMAN (JERUSALEM POST, 7/18). ... Former Japanese gymnast NOBUYUKI AIHARA, a double champion at the 1960 Rome Olympics, "has died at the age of 79." Aihara "won gold on the floor exercises and in the team combined event as he helped break the Soviet stranglehold on the sport at the Rome Summer Games" (AFP, 7/18). ... DIEGO MARADONA has had to cancel a family holiday to Disney World after the U.S. "denied him a visa." Maradona pleaded his case in person at the U.S. Embassy in Dubai "but was still refused." A source called it a "political" decision, and said, "His relationship with the U.S. has never been good" (THE SUN, 7/18). ... Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. SRINIVASAN "will not attend" the board's working committee meeting on July 28 (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 7/18).

WINNING DONATION: Tennis player ANDY MURRAY "has donated the tennis kit he wore in winning the men's singles final to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum." The Scot's outfit "will be displayed in the 2013 Championships showcase." Visitors "can see the full winning kit, as well as other autographed items belonging to him." Meanwhile, Royal Mail is to mark Murray's historic victory in the Wimbledon men's tennis final "with a special set of stamps." The issue, on sale Aug. 8, "will consist of four stamps featuring different images, all printed within a miniature sheet," costing £3.76 ($5.71) (HERALD SCOTLAND, 7/18).

Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "The Race of Champions is returning to Bangkok in December. Romain Grosjean to defend his title?"

F1 Racing's JAMES ROBERTS: "I know it's a risk, but... I'm not going to pack my raincoat as I head up to Silverstone for the YDT."

London Daily Telegraph's PAUL HAYWARD: "The Football League will be on Sky Sports until 2018 and is now sponsored by Sky Bet. TV and bookmaking: a very modern marriage."

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