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Volume 10 No. 23

People and Pop Culture

A German court said on Monday that Bayern Munich President ULI HOENEß "will stand trial for tax evasion in March," but his club "wants him to stay on in his current role," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The charges of the prosecutor's office "were admitted for trial which is set to start on March 10." Hoeneß, the face of Bayern Munich for many years, "stunned Germany in April by saying he had voluntarily alerted tax authorities in January to a Swiss bank account he held." He said that "it was a personal account, created for his stock market trading." He "admitted to gambling bigger and bigger amounts and taking a major hit as the dotcom bubble burst" (REUTERS, 11/4). BLOOMBERG's Karin Matussek reported FC Bayern Munich AG’s supervisory board said that Hoeneß "will stay on as chairman, given his 30 years of 'outstanding service' to the club." The board said that two lawyers "backed the board’s decision." The board said in a statement, "The law does not prescribe disqualification from office for supervisory board members due to a criminal conviction. There are ample examples of cases in which board and supervisory board members, even of publicly listed companies, have retained their positions despite being accused of violating legal responsibilities in other areas of their lives" (BLOOMBERG, 11/4). Hoeneß said, "It was expected. I'm very surprised that our self-indictment from Jan. 17 was declared void by the authorities. I will together with the lawyers work very hard over the next four months that our arguments will convince the court" (BILD, 11/4).

On the day Football Federation Australia launched its '13-14 W-League season, former Matildas captain MELISSA BARBIERI "has revealed she is selling the majority of her personal memorabilia to raise enough money to be able play in the competition," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Barbieri "was not issued with a Matildas contract after spending more than a year away from the game due to the birth of her first child." While she "understands why she was overlooked, the decision has left her with less money for playing." The 80-time Australian int'l spent the past three weeks "auctioning the most sentimental items collected throughout her career, as well as others donated by A-League and Socceroos players, to help raise funds for herself and other struggling female footballers hoping to forge careers." Barbieri: ''It's not just the W-League, it's women's sport and we need something to happen in Australia for women's sport. We've got some great athletes out there but, unfortunately, a lot of them are struggling. It's been frustrating for the last 12 years, it's nothing new, I just came up with a new way of helping myself out. I was thinking of things that I could do and I'm like why not fund raise?'' (SMH, 11/5).

Indian cricketer SACHIN TENDULKAR is reportedly “unhappy” with Cricket Association of Bengal officials’ attempts "to go overboard with their celebrations for his 199th Test match in his farewell series against the West Indies starting in Kolkata from Wednesday," according to the PTI. As Tendulkar was the first to step down from the team bus Monday morning, confetti was "burst near the gate, while 80 schoolchildren wearing T-shirts with the Mumbai batsman’s photo and 199 written on the back, lined up till the dressing room to greet the seniormost cricketer." Also, the CAB erected a "life-like wax figure of Tendulkar next to the dressing room entrance but the finesse was missing in the statue with the face not exactly resembling the icon." According to sources, Tendulkar reportedly said that "he’s not bigger than the sport and it’s not him only there are 14 other players who are part of the Indian squad." CAB Senior Joint Secretary SUJAN MUKHERJEE said, "I too heard that Tendulkar was upset with the confetti burst and other things. He also canceled his visit to a photo exhibition at the Bhowanipore Tent" (PTI, 11/4).

The FA of Ireland "is set to announce" MARTIN O'NEILL and ROY KEANE as its new management team following the departure of GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI. It comes "following an unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign that saw Italian Trapattoni depart as his side finished in fourth place in Group C behind Germany, Sweden and Austria" (REUTERS, 11/4). ... Former England coach DAVID LLOYD "has been appointed as the president of the Professional Cricketers' Association." Lloyd, who is now best known for his work as a TV commentator and is a columnist for Sportsmail, takes over from CHRIS BROAD, "whose two-year term has come to an end" (London DAILY MAIL, 11/4).

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MLB Arizona Diamondbacks player PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT "took part in a series of challenges" with the Big Bash League's Sydney Sixers cricketers at the Sydney Cricket Ground to "promote their historic series" with the L.A. Dodgers, which will open the MLB season "at the same ground in March" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11/4). ... Jamaican sprinter USAIN BOLT has revealed in his upcoming autobiography "Faster Than Lightning" that his three-Gold-Medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was "fuelled by Chicken McNuggets, a total he now estimates to have reached 1,000 during his 10 days in the Chinese capital." Bolt said he started by eating a box of 20 of the "golden chicken treats" and eventually consumed "up to 100 a day." He even "turned to an apple pie to take the edge off" (London INDEPENDENT, 11/4). ... The int'l athletics federation (IAAF) has announced the three male athletes in contention for its 2013 World Athlete of the Year. The male and female winners will be announced in Monaco on Nov. 16 at the IAAF's World Athletics Gala. The male finalists are USAIN BOLT, BOHDAN BONDARENKO and MO FARAH (IAAF). ... Former world champion kayaker NATHAN BAGGALEY, a two-time Olympic Silver Medalist, "appeared in court on Monday accused of being part of a syndicate manufacturing and supplying amphetamines" (AFP, 11/4). ... Australia again approaches an Ashes series "involved in ugly interfamilial squabbling" while the English squad "sits by mute and presumably amused." Former Australian bowler SHANE WARNE "launched an extraordinary attack" on former Australian captain RICKY PONTING in an attempt to defend his "best friend" and current Australia captain MICHAEL CLARKE. The outburst "is the latest in a rolling argument" around revelations in Ponting's book, "At the Close of Play," that Clarke "was not as committed to the team off the field, or the vice-captain's role, as he could have been" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/5).

IBN18 Network's RAJDEEP SARDESAI: "Wonderful to get such great feedback to Dravid iview on Sachin. Guess decent, credible voices always stand out in age of noise!"

London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "FA rules allow player to return following head injury if they display “a transient alteration of conscious level”. Sounds a bit Woodstock."

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