CRISTIANO RONALDO will remain in Real Madrid through '18, according to Carlos Carpio of MARCA. Real Madrid President FLORENTINO PEREZ "fulfilled his promise and the contract extension was completed a month ago." The deal will make Ronaldo "Spain's highest-paid footballer," with a salary of €17M ($22.5M). Ronaldo has two more years left on his current contract. In Ronaldo's previous contract, he held 60% of his image rights, with Real Madrid retaining the remaining 40%, but Ronaldo "will increase that percentage." Real Madrid is "reserving the right to guarantee itself some kind of economic return on the investment" (MARCA, 8/5). Ronaldo said, "The situation still hasn't been resolved and I don't think now is the time to talk about it. Perhaps we will be able to give more concrete news about this further down the line, but now the only thing is to train and work" (AS, 8/5).
People and Pop Culture
The Russian Basketball Federation elected VTB United League Deputy CEO YULIA ANIKEEVA as its new president (R-SPORT, 8/2). ... Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Sofia sacked coach EMIL VELEV and signed a two-year deal with STEFAN GENOV, who previously coached Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Bulgarian top flight (REUTERS, 8/5). ... Sierra Leone Premier League FC Johansen Founder ISHA JOHANSEN "has become only the second female leader of a national governing body after being appointed as the new president of the Sierra Leone Football Association." Johansen "was elected unopposed in what has been a controversial process that has seen three other candidates disqualified from standing" (SOCCEREX, 8/5).
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The woman killed in a hit-and-run at Venice Beach, California, ALICE GRUPPIONI, was the daughter of VALEIRIO GRUPPIONI, former president of Serie A side Bologna FC. AC Milan expressed its condolences to Gruppioni and his family "following the passing of his daughter Alice" (NBC, 8/5). ... Sailing veteran and former British Olympian NEAL MCDONALD "is to take the helm as Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s performance director in the team’s second bid for Volvo Ocean Race glory next year" (GULF NEWS, 8/5). ... Former England footballer PAUL GASCOIGNE "has pleaded guilty to assault and being drunk and disorderly at a court hearing in Stevenage," but has escaped with a £1,000 ($1,500) fine (EUROSPORT, 8/5). ... Benin FA President ANJORIN MOUCHARAFOU, a "strong ally" of CAF President ISSA HAYATOU, "has been re-arrested and sent to jail two days after he declined to run for a third term." The businessman "is accused of mishandling" $650,000 in sponsorship money from mobile phone company MTN between '08 and '10 (GHANASOCCERNET, 8/3).
London Times' KEVIN EASON: "Laura Ashley sale. Wife says she has saved me about 2 grand. Doesn’t feel like it from here. Sigh ….."
German tennis player ANDREA PETKOVIC after her finals loss in Washington D.C.: "My dearest Ryan Gosling- save me from this emo state I'm in. Thank you, sincerly, yours Andrea."
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