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Volume 6 No. 212

People and Pop Culture

Adidas has appointed ROLAND AUSCHEL to the exec board of adidas AG, effective Oct. 1. Auschel, currently chief sales officer of multichannel markets, will assume responsibility for global sales on a board level. Auschel joined the adidas Group in Oct. '89 as strategic planner (adidas). ... Belgium football side Club Bruges has sacked coach JUAN CARLOS GARRIDO "after 10 months in charge" and is already in talks with a potential successor, former Belgium goalkeeper MICHAEL PREUD'HOMME. Assistant coaches PHILIPPE CLEMENT and STEPHAN VAN DER HEYDEN "will take charge until a permanent replacement is named" (REUTERS, 9/19). ... Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner RYOZO KATO "announced Thursday his resignation to take the fall for the uproar over the secretly altered baseball." The 72-year-old, who was elected to a third two-year term in July '12, said that "he will quit after the regular season, which ends Oct. 6, but no later than Oct. 25." Kato said, "I caused a lot of problems over the ball, and that was a huge reason for my decision" (KYODO, 9/19). ... Scottish Rugby has appointed Scotland’s Solicitor General LESLEY THOMSON to its board, "making her the first woman ever to sit on the board." Thomson "is also a former committee member at Melrose Rugby Club and she joins fellow new recruit," Finance Dir ANDREW HEALY, on the board (RUNNING RUGBY, 9/18). ... Int'l Netball Federation CEO URVASI NAIDOO has resigned and will be leaving at the end of the month. The INF will be advertising for a new CEO in the forthcoming months but in the interim CLARE BRIEGAL will return to take up the reins (INF).

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The MICHAEL JACKSON statue installed at Fulham's Craven Cottage by former club Owner MOHAMED AL FAYED "is set to be removed." The former Cottagers owner, who sold the club during the summer to American SHAHID KHAN, "has decided he wants to take the tribute to his former friend to one of his other properties" (London INDEPENDENT, 9/19). ... "Rush," Director RON HOWARD's movie about the '76 F1 season, "finished in second place in the UK box office standings in its opening weekend." The movie, which stars CHRIS HEMSWORTH as the late British F1 champion JAMES HUNT, raked in £2M ($3.3M) "over the two days following its launch" on Sept. 13 (PIT PASS, 9/19). ... J.League Vegalta Sendai Manager MAKOTO TEGURAMORI "is in the running" to coach the Japanese men's team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Sources claim that Teguramori "is under contract" with Sendai through '15 but "is planning to leave the Tohoku outfit at the end of this season" (KYODO, 9/19). ... Former Netherlands player GERRIE MUHREN "passed away at the age of 67" in his hometown Volendam. Muhren "suffered from myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a bone marrow disease" (XINHUA, 9/19). ... Swiss alpine skier MARTINA SCHILD, who won the downhill Silver Medal at the 2006 Turin Winter Games, "has announced her retirement from skiing due to persistent back problems" (NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG, 9/19). ... Spanish second division side Deportivo La Coruña President AUGUSTO CÉSAR LENDOIRO, who has been president of Deportivo for more than 25 years, has announced that he will run for reelection. Lendoiro "is scheduled to hold a press conference in the next few days to explain all the details." One of Lendoiro's competitors will be Deportivo legal adviser GERMÁN RODRÍGUEZ CONCHADO, who announced in early September that he would run for the position (EFE, 9/19).

London Telegraph's TOM CARY: "Kimi as blunt as ever. Says he left Lotus because he wasn't paid. "It's unfortunate""

Bloomberg's TARIQ PANJA: "Platini first/only FIFA member to openly say he voted Qatar. Yet only after vote did he go public on need for Winter move. Why not before?"

The New Paper's IAIN MACINTOSH: "I'm aware of all the nuanced arguments, but I still can't stop shouting, "HOW DID YOU NOT KNOW IT WAS GOING TO BE HOT IN QATAR?" at the TV."

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