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Volume 10 No. 22

People and Pop Culture

An "illegal shipment of unlicensed veterinary goods was seized from a Dubai government private jet by UK authorities at Stansted airport earlier this year," causing U.K. racehorse owner SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM "to launch an internal investigation into his equine operations," according to James Riach of the London GUARDIAN. Thousands of pounds worth of unlicensed products -- "including steroidal injections, anaesthetics and anti-inflammatories that have been described as 'potentially toxic and dangerous to horses' -- were seized and destroyed" by the UK Border Agency and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate on May 3 following the arrival of a Dubai Royal Air Wing flight. Sheikh Mohammed "is monarch of the gulf emirate, as well as the owner of Godolphin, the country's largest Flat racing operation." PRINCESS HAYA, the sheikh's junior wife and president of the Int'l Federation for Equestrian Sports, "has been ordered to conduct a thorough investigation into the seizure at the airport and a separate raid by the VMD last month at Moorley Farm in Newmarket, a location owned by his Darley Management operation, where a number of similar products were found." Sheikh Mohammed "is extremely concerned at the development," which comes only months after his Godolphin thoroughbred operation was "rocked by the biggest doping scandal in racing history" (GUARDIAN, 9/29).

Second Bundesliga club 1860 Munich Managing Dir ROBERT SCHÄFER "resigned from his position on Friday afternoon." While the club confirmed Schäfer's resignation via press release, club President GERHARD MAYRHOFER said, "Robert has been put on leave with immediate effect and his contract will be terminated. How can you not comply with the wish, if a managing director says he doesn't want to be managing director anymore" (ABENDZEITUNG MÜNCHEN, 9/27). ... JAMES MURDOCH, the son of media mogul RUPERT MURDOCH, "has been promoted to the position of chairman at German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland." Rupert Murdoch's media company News Corp. "holds a majority stake of about 55% in Sky Deutschland" (DWDL, 9/27). ... DANNY JORDAAN was elected as the South African FA president at the organization's elective congress at Helderfontein Estate in Midrand on Saturday. Jordaan beat MANDLA "SHOES" MAZIBUKO for the top spot and will replace outgoing President KIRSTEN NEMATANDANI (SOWETAN LIVE, 9/28). ... Fenway Sports Management announced that FRANK HUCKABONE has "been promoted" to exec VP & chief revenue officer (ISPORTCONNECT, 9/27). ... Australia Football League club St. Kilda is looking for a CEO "after parting ways" with MICHAEL NETTLEFOLD. The former St. Kilda and Fitzroy player took over as CEO in '09 "following the resignation" of ARCHIE FRASER. Nettlefold: "The time was right. I have been speaking with the board about it for a while" (THE AGE, 9/27). ... Long-serving Team Manager RANJIB BISWAL was appointed chairman of the Indian Premier League in the Board of Control for Cricket in India's annual general meeting in Chennai. Biswal will replace RAJIV SHUKLA, "who resigned at the end of his tenure" (PTI, 9/29).

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Various "FC Barcelona fans linked to the team's powerful inner circles were scheduled to present a censure motion against Barcelona President SANDRO ROSELL" and four of his top execs on Monday. Despite "Barcelona's current athletic success, many consider now the time to approach Rosell's presidency in a radical manner." Rosell "will be accused by club members of being responsible for 'the appearance of Qatar in Barcelona,' the abandoned 'Excitement Zone' project at Camp Nou and the team's release of ERIC ABIDAL" (AS, 9/29). ... Australian Football League CEO ANDREW DEMETRIOU "could soon be leaving" the AFL. Demetriou is "running to fill the vacant top job" with the ATP, "headquartered in London." Demetriou "met with tennis officials about the job" on a recent trip to the U.S. (THE AGE, 9/30). ... Cyclist JONATHAN TIERNAN-LOCKE has "withdrawn from cycling because of a 'potential discrepancy in his biological passport data.'" Tiernan-Locke, "last year's winner of the Tour of Britain," has been asked by the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) to "explain suspect blood values, dating from September last year," three months before he joined Team Sky (LONDON TIMES, 9/29). ... Dutch side AZ Alkmaar fired coach GERTJAN VERBEEK on Sunday in a "surprise move that came a day after they beat Dutch league leaders PSV Eindhoven to move to within two points of the top of the standings" (REUTERS, 9/29). ... Former captain of club and country PAUL DODGE has been appointed as president of Premiership rugby side Leicester Tigers (Leicester Tigers). … Chinese tennis player LI NA "has been signed on as an ambassador for Right to Play, an organization that uses sports to educate and empower kids facing adversity" (ANI, 9/27).

Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "F1 calendar aside, the real bombshell lurking in the FIA statement is that reference to "single suppliers in the tyre and FUEL categories""

Manchester Evening News' MIKE KEEGAN: "Well that was a bloody awful afternoon. City, United and the mighty Latics."

Associtated Press' STEVE WILSON: "Seeing a fair amount of Vikings #4 Favre jerseys here at Wembley this evening."

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