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Volume 10 No. 22

People and Pop Culture

San Marino football coach GIAMPAOLO MAZZA has "reportedly quit after 15 years in charge of the national side ranked joint bottom of FIFA's world rankings table." Mazza oversaw a "total of 85 matches, collecting just one win." Mazza bowed out with an "8-0 home defeat by Ukraine on Tuesday, having been Europe's longest-serving national team coach" (London DAILY MIRROR). ... Rajya Sabha MP KANWAR DEEP SINGH was "unanimously elected as the president of the Indian Hockey Federation" for a four-year term in the Annual General Meeting held on Monday. Singh, who was elected unopposed in the meeting, will head the body from '13-17 (PTI, 10/21). ... Arabian Gulf League side Al Wasl Manager LAURENT BANIDE "became the latest casualty" of the league's "managerial merry-go-round" on Sunday night, after less than five months in charge. The club "issued a statement confirming the Frenchman’s departure," appointing SALEEM ABDEL RAHMAN as the interim manager until a new coach is hired. Banide had signed a two-year deal at Zabeel Stadium in May (THE NATIONAL, 10/21). ... Serie A club Catania has sacked coach ROLANDO MARAN to bring in GIGI DE CANIO. Maran took over last season and took Catania to a "record-breaking campaign, notching up 48 points" in '11-12 and "narrowly missing out on European qualification" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 10/20).

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Japanese baseball club Orix Buffaloes Owner YOSHIHIKO MIYAUCHI will serve as acting commissioner of  Nippon Professional Baseball through the end of the year. Because an owner "cannot double as commissioner," Miyauchi's post with the Buffaloes will temporarily be filled by former Orix VP SHUNSUKE TAKEDA (KYODO, 10/21). ... GREG MCCALLUM "has emerged as the frontrunner" to replace DANIEL ANDERSON as the National Rugby League's referees' boss "in a move that would allow the whistleblowers to again be run by one of their own." Another former referee, TONY ARCHER, "has been appointed as the interim boss although it is understood he does not want the role on a full-time basis." The NRL "is on the hunt for a replacement" for former Parramatta coach Anderson, who "has returned to the Eels to take up an executive role" (SYNDEY MORNING HERALD, 10/22). ... Warned-off jockey DANNY NIKOLIC "is being investigated by police for allegedly stalking Racing Victoria staff after he was told to leave its Flemington headquarters on Monday." Police have been told Nikolic, wearing a hooded jumper and sunglasses, "allegedly followed two staff members in his car and pulled alongside them after they left work'' (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/22). ... Talks "are underway" to get world No. 3 MARIA SHARAPOVA on a court in the Australian state of Queensland. Sharapova "has previously committed three times" to tournaments in Queensland. Brisbane Tournament Dir CAMERON PEARSON: "I've had some discussions with [Sharapova's agent/manager] MAX (EISENBUD)" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/22). ... Sixteen descendants of the English FA's ''Founding Fathers,'' from as far afield as New Zealand and the U.S., "will attend the unveiling of a plaque at Wembley Stadium on Monday as part of the association's 150th anniversary celebrations."  The world's first football association was formed on Oct. 26, 1863 and "a gala dinner will be held in London on Saturday to mark the actual date of its establishment." In March, the FA "launched a search to find living descendants of the eight men who formed it and managed to uncover relatives" in Britain as well as in the U.S. and New Zealand (REUTERS, 10/21). ... BT Sport "has been forced to apologise" after former France midfielder DAVID GINOLA "was captured making an offensive hand gesture live on air" during the build-up to Liverpool’s Premier League match against Newcastle (INDEPENDENT, 10/21). ... A basketball shoe formerly belonging to NBA Houston Rockets player JEREMY LIN  "is being auctioned on one of Taiwan's main online auction platforms, with the proceeds to go to the local Down Syndrome Foundation" (CNA, 10/21).

TV presenter GARY LINEKER: "Pity it's Portugal v Sweden in WC play-offs. One of football's biggest stars will miss #Brazil2014 . Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic for BBC pundit?"

London Daily Mail's IAN LADYMAN: "Interested to see whats in the Fergie book. Will be disappointed if he hasnt addressed the Rock and Glazers. Pivotal moment in #mufc history"

FIFA President SEPP BLATTER: "Congratulated @CONCACAF members for having elected the right man, President Webb, who also chairs FIFA's anti-discrimination Taskforce."

Synergy CEO TIM CROW: "High commercial stakes in World Cup Euro #PlayOffDraw for the kitmakers. Nike has 4 teams/3 seeds, adidas 3/1. Errea (Iceland) is the other."

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