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Volume 6 No. 212

People and Pop Culture

Spanish basketball club Joventut has announced that it has extended coach SALVA MALDONADO's contract for another year. Maldonado has been in the position since '11 (EL PERIODICO, 8/9). ... Sixth-tier English football club Oxford City announced that it has hired  DIANA LOVERA as COO (Oxford City). ... Badminton England announced that it has appointed Gavin Finch as head of marketing (Badminton England). ... BASTIEN HIBON has left his role as marketing director of the Mercedes F1 team to join sports agency Limelight Sports (Limelight Sports). ... STEFANO BOSI has announced he is resigning as president of the European Table Tennis Union, citing a "very difficult atmosphere inside ETTU" as the reason for his decision (ISPORTCONNECT, 8/9).

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India may not have accepted former Indian Premier League Chair RAJEEV SHUKLA's resignation, but Shukla on Saturday said that he "would not take up the IPL chairman's post next year." Shukla "resigned from the post in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal" (PTI, 8/10). ... The Malaysian national field hockey team's No. 3 jersey may "be retired" as a mark of respect for the late player CHUA BOON HUAT. Boon Huat "was involved in a fatal car crash" on Aug. 1 (THE STAR, 8/9). ... World No. 1 men's shuttler LEE CHONG WEI's coach TEY SEU BOCK of Malaysia was Sunday appointed chief coach of Indian Badminton League team Mumbai Masters "for the inaugural Vodafone Indian Badminton League" (PTI, 8/11). ... French hurdler ALICE DECAUX "has been banned for six months for a doping offence" (AFP, 8/10). ­... Turkish Olympic Bronze Medalist RIZA KAYAALP was banned for six months by the Int'l Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) "for his racist remarks against Armenians and Greeks three weeks ago" (XINHUA, 8/11). ... Brazil's Football Confederation (CBF) "has revealed plans for a homage" to South Africa's ailing former President NELSON MANDELA. CBF President JOSE MARIA MARIN: "We have already agreed to play South Korea and then South Africa, possibly in October, to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela" (XINHUA, 8/11). ... Liverpool player RAHEEM STERLING "has appeared in court to deny a charge of assault after he was arrested on Thursday night" (LONDON TIMES, 8/9). ... Badminton Association of India President AKHILESH DAS GUPTA Sunday announced a cash reward of Rs.15 lakh ($24,721) for badminton player P.V. SINDHU "for her bronze medal-winning performance at the World Championships in Guangzhou, China" (IANS, 8/11). ... Pakistan will have a new head coach for the Asia Cup and the Int'l Cricket Council World Twenty20 Championships in Bangladesh next year as the Pakistan Cricket Board "has no intentions of renewing" Australian DAV WHATMORE's two-year contract when it expires in March (PTI, 8/11).

Abendzeitung's MARCO FENSKE: "Mal schnell vor der Arbeit aufm Tennisplatz. Vorbildlich oder bekloppt?" ... ("Quickly to the tennis court before heading to work. Exemplary or wacky?")

Pro surfer SALLY FITZGIBBONS: "Ready to rock..have fun running the #city2surf this morning everyone!!! @redbullaus #RunLikeTheWind wooo" (see picture)

London Daily Mail's IAN LADYMAN: "Bemuses me a bit that nobody seems to believe #mufc won't sell rooney to chelsea. Maybe we are just too used to players getting their way."

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