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Volume 10 No. 25

People and Pop Culture

Former League Championship Leeds United CEO SHAUN HARVEY "has been appointed the new CEO of the Football League." Harvey takes over in a new role following Chair GREG CLARKE "downsizing his executive chairmanship to a non-executive position." Harvey, who worked alongside former Leeds President KEN BATES throughout his time at Elland Road, "stepped down at Leeds following a boardroom shake-up by new club owners GHK Capital, who also removed Bates as president." He will take over the role Oct. 1 (London DAILY MAIL, 7/29). ... EPL side Cardiff City announced Club Dir MEHMET DALMAN has been appointed chairman. Previous Chair SIMON LIM will continue in his role as CEO at the club (Cardiff City). ... The Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) announced former sprint cyclist ERIK ZABEL has resigned from the professional cycling council. He expressed his "deep regret for having lied for so long about taking performance enhancing substances" (UCI). ... The Spanish national basketball team has hired assistant coach JAUME PONSARNAU to join the staff of coach JUAN ANTONIO ORENGA. Ponsarnau said, "After a season of accidents, ending the year this way is incredible. This is a great opportunity to learn and help the team and it gives me great excitement." Ponsarnau replaces CHUS MATEO (Spanish Basketball Federation).

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Australian MotoGP organizers are pursuing retired motorcycle racer CASEY STONER in the hope that he will "return to Phillip Island for this year's event." The 27-year-old quit the sport last November, "but will jump back on a bike this week for a two-day test in Japan with his former MotoGP team Honda" (AAP, 7/29). ... The Indian Badminton League on Monday asked the Awadhe Warriors to find a replacement for Thai shuttler MANEEPONG JONGJIT, "who has been put under investigation by world federation for an on-court brawl with a fellow shuttler" in an int'l tournament last week (PTI, 7/29).

DEATHS: Pakistan cricket commentator MUNEER HUSSAIN, "credited with pioneering Urdu language commentary," died after a prolonged illness (AFP, 7/29). ... Football player CHRISTIAN BENITEZ, "one of the stars of the Ecuadorean national side and perhaps best known in England for a loan spell with Birmingham City," died in a hospital in Qatar Monday of respiratory complications. He was 27. The striker "was thought to have suffered heart and respiratory failure" (LONDON TIMES, 7/29).

Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "More re Indian GP. @vickychandhok says talks underway to skip 2014 and move race to an early start in 2015 with an extra year added on."

Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "Much like #Armstrong, #Zabel's confession way too late. About a decade too late. Won't be doing his son Rick, also a pro rider, any favours."

ManU's RIO FERDINAND: "Flying home, tour almost finished...13hr flight to go!!! #RiosTourDiary"

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