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Volume 6 No. 213

People and Pop Culture

Tennis Australia said CEO STEVE WOOD "will resign at the end of next month" and will be replaced by Australian Open Tournament Dir CRAIG TILEY. Wood said in a Tennis Australia statement that he had decided to "take a break" and planned to "make a contribution to the game from a different perspective in the future" (BLOOMBERG, 8/21). ... Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb released head coach KRUNOSLAV JURCIC "immediately after Wednesday's 2-0 loss against Austrian side Austria Vienna in the fist leg of the Champions League playoff round." Assistant coach DAMIR KRZNAR "will take over the team as interim head coach" (SID, 8/22). ... Golfer KAREN LUNN "is ending her 29-year professional playing career to return home for a new job" as Australian Ladies' Professional Golf Tour exec director. Lunn, 47, "is also giving up her role as chairman of the Ladies European Tour," which she has held for the last nine years. Lunn starts her new role Sept. 9 (AAP, 8/22). ... World Sport Group appointed SARAH CLEMENTS as director of operations. Clements is a 20-year veteran in the operations of major int'l tennis and entertainment events and will lead the management and delivery of the WTA Championships in Singapore for World Sports Group, which will be held on the soon-to-be-opened Sports Hub complex beginning in '14. Clements will be based in World Sports Group's Singapore office (World Sports Group). ... Golf course management firm Troon has appointed KRIS STRAUSS as VP of marketing and sales based out of the companies' headquarters in Arizona. Strauss will have sales and marketing oversight of resort and daily fee properties (Troon).

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Nike India "has sued its long-time brand ambassador" Indian cricketer VIRAT KOHLI, "alleging breach of an endorsement contract." Nike had "extended its five-year endorsement contract" valid until '13 by a year and "duly intimated Kohli of this." However, the cricketer had allegedly responded to the company, saying he was "looking at other options" (BUSINESS STANDARD, 8/22). ... French cyclist SYLVAIN CHAVANEL "is leaving pro cycling team Omega Pharma Quick-Step and joins Swiss team IAM Cycling" (BLICK, 8/21). ... The Pakistan Football Federation on Wednesday "relieved" national team coach ZAVISA MILOSAVLJEVIC of Serbia and appointed Bahrain coach MOHAMMAED AL SHAMLAN "to take the team into the SAFF Cup challenge next month" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 8/22). ... Swiss Cycling Union President RICHARD CHASSOT "has resigned with immediate effect" after seeing his support for Int'l Cycling Union President PAT MCQUAID "overturned by the other board members of Swiss Cycling." Chassot has been president since March '12 and "is thought to have been one of the strongest supporters of McQuaid" (VELO NATION, 8/22). ... Veteran National Rugby League coach BRIAN SMITH "will steer the United States in their first appearance at a Rugby League World Cup later this year." Smith's appointment was announced on Thursday night, "just over two months before the Tomahawks make their debut at the 14-team tournament to be held in Europe" (AAP, 8/23). ... French and EPL West Brom striker NICOLAS ANELKA has walked out on training and told staff he has "retired from football." Anelka joined West Brom last month (REUTERS, 8/22).

Sky Deutschland's URSULA HOFFMANN: "#ssnhd #F1sky Eau Rouge - einfach genial" ... ("#ssnhd #F1sky Eau Rouge - simply genius") (see picture)

Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "Dashed to get to Spa in time for Kimi - and he's called in sick. Not such a surprise really. Hope it's just journalistitis. Or Thursdayitis."

Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "#IOC says has received "strong assurances" from Russia on anti-gay law after deputy govt chairman Kozak letter. #ioc #Olympics #Sochi2014"

Bloomberg's ALEX DUFF: "A big reason why BVB is more profitable than RM, Barca, ManU, Bayern: payroll is just 33% of turnover."

FIFA Secretary General JÉRÔME VALCKE: "Excellent presentation by airport authorities to LOC Board. All will be done to ensure smooth travel for fans & more flights for #worldcup

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