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Volume 10 No. 25

People and Pop Culture

FC Barcelona President SANDRO ROSELL and Sporting Dir ANDONI ZUBIZARRETA on Friday announced that coach TITO VILANOVA will not be able to perform his managerial duties as he undergoes further treatment for cancer. Rosell said, "After evaluating the results from the routine check-ups, which Tito Vilanova underwent this week, he was presented with the option to continue treatment to control his illness which will make it impossible to continue his responsibilities as the first team manager of the senior side" (FC Barcelona). SPORT reported Spain PM MARIANO RAJOY sent Vilanova a message via his Twitter account. Rajoy tweeted, "Tito Vilanova, I send you my support and encouragement to win this new battle you are facing. The example of overcoming that you represent is a reference for everyone" (SPORT, 7/20).

OPEN LETTER: Vilanova addressed the club and its fans in a letter published on the team's website. Vilanova: "The treatments that I am going to have to undergo from now on does not make it recommendable, in the doctors’ opinion, for me to dedicate 100% of my effort to being the first team manager of a team as demanding as FC Barcelona. ... It is not easy to leave such a special group of people, the players, my fellow staff and friends with whom I have shared so many unforgettable experiences. I am eternally grateful for everything that they have given and shown to me" (FC Barcelona).

REPLACEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: In Madrid, Quixano & Martín reported it is "now the Sporting Dir [Zubizarreta] who has to decide on the owner of the bench, who will underline or rewrite the club's playing philosophy." The club, "in any case, is only considering three coaches:" La Liga side Celta Vigo coach LUIS ENRIQUE, Argentine first division side Newell's coach GERARDO MARTINO and Premier League Tottenham manager ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS. Zubizarreta will on Tuesday announce the club's decision (EL PAIS, 7/20).

Former England and London Wasps ladies rugby player SUE DAY has been appointed as London 3 North West Wasps FC president. Day becomes the first female president at the club, taking over from DICK CARGILL, "who has been involved at Wasps FC for over 60 years," serving as president for the last five (Wasps FC). ... Former Int'l Cricket Council CEO HAROON LORGAT has been appointed CEO of Cricket South Africa. Lorgat replaces GERALD MAJOLA, "who was sacked in October in the wake of the bonus-payments scandal" (IANS, 7/21).

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Italian superbike rider ANDREA ANTONELLI "has died after a crash in heavy rain in Moscow." The 25-year-old "was taking part in the first of two planned World Supersport series races, which went ahead despite torrential rain." Antonelli "was involved in a collision" with LORENZO ZANETTI on the final corner of the opening lap of the race. He "was rushed to hospitaly but later died from his injuries" (EUROSPORT, 7/21). ... Basketball Japan League Yokohama B-Corsairs named MICHAEL KATSUHISA coach. Katsuhisa served as an assistant under coach REGGIE GEARY during the team's first two seasons, including Yokohama's 12-13 championship (JAPAN TIMES, 7/20). ... The Pakistan Cricket Board has requested the Int'l Cricket Council to allow banned pacer MOHAMMAD AAMIR "to start using facilities at the NationalCricketAcademy under the supervision of PCB coaches" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 7/19). ... U.S. basetball coach BRAD GREENBERG was named Israel Premier League Hapoel Jerusalem's new coach one month after guiding Maccabi Haifa to the BSL championship (JERUSALEM POST, 7/21). ... Bulgarian champions Ludogorets have fired coach IVAYLO PETEV after a "surprise defeat" in the opening round of the domestic league (REUTERS, 7/21).

London Times' KEVIN EASON: "How hard is it to watch the Tour, Open and Ashes all at once? Confused but thankful F1 suitably quiet"

IBN18 Network's RAJDEEP SARDESAI: "Australia getting walloped; Tiger struggles: guess nothing is permanent in sport like in life."

Barcelona forward CRISTIAN TELLO: "Siempre has demostrado valentía. Esta vez no va a ser menos. #animstito" ("You have always shown courage. This time will not be different. #animstito")

NBA player PAU GASOL: "The first and most important thing in life is health. My best wishes to Tito Vilanova in this difficult moment. #animsTito #GetWellSoon"

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