Names In The News
WBO Cruiserweight champion MARCO HUCK has fallen victim to an online hacker, who used the 28-year-old's Facebook page to make the false annoucement of Huck parting ways with coach ULLI WEGNER. Huck took down the false post and wrote in a consecutive post that he has informed the police, who are currently investigating. The false post was widely reported by German media outlets (HJ Mai, SBD Global). ... The match-fixing trial of Serie A side Lazio captain STEFAN MAURI and seven other players, as well as three Italian clubs, started Wednesday. The charges against Mauri, MARIO CASSANO, CARLO GERVASONI, OMAR MILANETTO, ALESSANDRO ZAMPERINI, MASSIMILIANO BENASSI, ANTONIO ROSATI and STEFANO FERRARIO "include rigging games and failing to report match-fixing for two Serie A games" -- Lazio vs. Genoa and Lecce vs. Lazio in May '11 (AP, 7/24). ... Australian cyclist STUART O'GRADY "could be stripped of his Olympic medals" after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs at the 1998 Tour de France. The admission came after a French Senate inquiry named him among riders with "suspicious" test results in a damning report into the '98 race (REUTERS, 7/25). ... UAE Pro-League side Al Shabab coach MARCOS PAQUETA "has assured" the club that "he will remain as manager despite reports linking him with a return to Qatar." The Qataris "had reportedly offered an attractive financial package for Paqueta to again become their manager" (THE NATIONAL, 7/25). ... National Rugby League side Wests Tigers COO GRANT MAYER "is poised to be appointed" CEO after he was "endorsed at a board meeting of the joint-venture club on Thursday night." Mayer "will meet with club powerbrokers on Friday morning to negotiate a contract and it is hoped a deal will be struck" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/25). ... The Cuban Volleyball Federation appointed former player RODOLFO SANCHEZ "as the new coach of the national men's volleyball team." Sanchez "was a member of the Cuban selection" in the '90s, and recently led the Cuban squad to seventh place at the World Cup U19 in Mexico, and that same category to a world bronze in '11 (XINHUA, 7/25). ... Uruguayan footballer DARÍO RODRÍGUEZ has been suspended for two months after testing positive on a drug test. He will miss the start of South America's Copa Libertadores tournament, when his Uruguayan side Peñarol meets Chilean club Cobreola (LA AFICION, 7/24). ... Former Providence player HERBERT HILL, a 28-year-old center, was taken by Korean club Wonju Dongbu Promy with the No. 1 draft pick in the '13-14 Korean Basketball League. The KBL drafted 15 foreign players on Thursday after a preseason tryout in Las Vegas. A total of 110 players participated in the two-day tryout (KOREA JOONGANG DAILY, 7/26). ... EWIE CRONJE, father of deceased former South African cricket captain HANSIE CRONJE, has threatened legal action against the Indian police "for filing a chargesheet which implicates his son in the 2000 match-fixing scandal" (PTI, 7/25).