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Volume 10 No. 23

People and Pop Culture

Six weeks after his introduction as managing director of Handball Bundesliga (HBL) club HSV Hamburg, FRANK ROST "was fired by the club." Following several disputes with the former football Bundesliga goaltender, HSV Hamburg President MATTHIAS RUDOLPH made it clear that "a further continuation of the collaboration with Rost won't happen." Rudolph: "His behavior is arrogant. He told me yesterday that he will resign from his position and I should place him on administrative leave. But why should I put him on administrative leave? He only wants money" (BILD, 8/13). ... Liga MX side Pumas UNAM has hired Athletic VP MARIO TREJO, a former Pumas player, to replace ALBERTO GARCÍA ASPE, who was "removed from his position earlier in the week" (LA AFICION, 8/12). ... Former rugby player ELISEO BRANCA has been hired as coach of the Paraguayan national rugby team (OLE, 8/13). ... MotoGP rider Manager PHIL BAKER "has been appointed as the FIM's new Commercial Director." Baker will take up his post on Sept. 2. and "will be in charge of the development and implementation of the FIM's business strategy to maximise revenues through sale of Sponsorship and Media Rights worldwide" (FIM).

A BREED APART: Former Breeders' Cup Senior VP of Sales CARTER CARNEGIE has been appointed int'l exec for Great British Racing Int'l, "an entity established to attract new foreign investment in the sport." He began his duties Aug. 12. Carnegie will be responsible for the "development and implementation of a strategic plan to attract new investment in British racing, primarily in bloodstock but also broader commercial investment." GBRI is funded by Great British Racing, the British Horseracing Authority and the Horserace Betting Levy Board (BLOOD HORSE, 8/12). ... JMI has appointed CHRIS LONG to the position of VP of client services int'l. Reporting to President Int'l DAVID WEBB, Long brings over 15 years' experience in brand marketing, sports sponsorship, events and hospitality to JMI. Long joins JMI from RBS, where he oversaw both the RBS and NatWest brands as head of sponsorship in the U.K. retail division. His previous experience includes group sponsorship manager leading the RBS global golf program and sponsorship marketing at IMG Consulting (JMI). ... J.League division 1 Omiya Ardija President SHIGERU SUZUKI named Technical Dir and former Japan national team assistant TSUTOMU OGURA as the club's new manager. Omiya, "despite being fourth in J1 only six points off the pace," sacked coach ZDENKO VERDENIK on Sunday. Suzuki said that Verdenik "had clashed with the coaching staff and lost the players in the dressing room." Ardija "will be Ogura's first managing job" (KYODO, 8/13).

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A South African police spokesperson said Paralympian OSCAR PISTORIUS "will be served with an indictment now that police have completed an investigation into the shooting death of his girlfriend." A police spokesperson said that the investigation team "is convinced Pistorius has a charge to answer" (AP, 8/13). ... Taiwan's National Immigration Agency will use the case of basketball player QUINCY DAVIS III "to urge other government departments to make it easier for the country to attract international talent." Davis' performance at the just-concluded FIBA Asia Championship "validated the government's speedy processing in July" of his application to become a naturalized citizen based on his ability to "make a special contribution to the country and society" (CNA, 8/13). ... Residential land and property developer AVJennings CEO PETER SUMMERS "has emerged" as Australia Football League St. Kilda's new president "following a series of board negotiations." Summers will take over after several candidates, including high-profile Queen's counsel JACK RUSH, "chose not to contest the position." Summers, a board member for five years, will replace trucking boss GREG WESTAWAY, "who is stepping down after serving his maximum term of six years" (THE AGE, 8/14). ... Liga MX Monterrey coach VICTOR VUCETICH "has been suspended for two matches" after insulting a referee and Guadalajara's coach BENJAMIN GALINDO "is in the eye of a storm" after Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Cruz Azul. Vucetich was banned "for one match for making constant claims or protesting the decisions of the match officials and another for a lack of respect towards them." Chivas Owner JORGE VERGARA's presence at the practice "heightened the rumours Galindo's side must beat Puebla at home at the Omnilife this weekend to save his job" (REUTERS, 8/13). ... Actress PAMELA ANDERSON "is set to swap the beach for the pit wall after being appointed as a new motor racing team owner." The 46-year-old Canadian "has become the team principal of a new FIA GT outfit which is set to make its competitive bow this weekend." The team will be known as Race Alliance by Pamela Anderson and "will be given its first run out at this weekend's round in Slovakia." Former F1 driver VITANTONIO LIUZZI, who raced for Toro Rosso and Force India, and MATHIAS LAUDA, the son of three-time world champion NIKI LAUDA, "will line up as Anderson's drivers" (London DAILY MAIL, 8/13). ... Fencer YUKI OTA, a two-time Olympic Silver Medalist, "was selected as one of six members of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Athletes Commission." The term "is for four years" (JAPAN TIMES, 8/13). ... Chinese national team interim coach FU BO "will remain in his position until at least November." Fu took over from Spaniard JOSE ANTONIO CAMACHO in June. His main task will be to lead the Chinese team for three Asian Cup qualifying matches in November, as well as two friendly encounters in September (SHANGHAI DAILY, 8/13).

MEET AND GREET: Mexican President ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO will "receive Liga MX 2013 champion América players as guests at his Los Pinos official residence on Friday." The "time for the visit has not been determined" for América, which defeated Cruz Azul in penalty kicks for the championship (LA AFICION, 8/12). ... POPE FRANCIS Tuesday "received the national football teams of Italy and Argentina" ahead of an int'l friendly Wednesday in his honor at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. The Pope said, "Frankly, it will be difficult for me to root for one team." The Pope, who is a registered supporter of the Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo de Almagro, "received the group of about 200 people at the Sala Clementina in the Vatican," including LIONEL MESSI (DPA, 8/13).

NOTABLE DEATHS: Former French footballer and Ligue 1 Nantes coach JEAN VINCENT has died at the age of 82. Nantes called Vincent a "true legend of Nantes and French football" on its club website (EFE, 8/13). ... Former Australian captain BOB BIGNALL has died at age 91. Bignall played eight matches for Australia during the mid-'50s, captaining the side at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics (AAP, 8/12).

Bloomberg's TARIQ PANJA: "Bizarre product promotion: Rio-based flip-flop brand says 'buy one pair and we'll give you another sandal for just your left foot free.'"

The Australian's PATRICK SMITH: "Nothing Dank says is of any importance or credibility until he tells ASADA. He believes he is innocent, he should prove it."

British golfer LEE WESTWOOD: "Sincere apologies to my sponsors and true followers for my earlier comments . It was out of order and out of character ,Westy ."

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