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Volume 6 No. 213

People and Pop Culture

Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) club TBB Trier has appointed SEBASTIAN MERTEN as its managing director. Merten previously worked for Luxembourg-based marketing agency Pyramid Sports Marketing SE, where he was in charge of marketing and sales for TBB Trier. In addition, the club's PA announcer and livestream presenter CHRIS SCHMIDT join Pyramid Sports Marketing in the areas of sales, marketing and public relations (TBB Trier). ... Scottish Professional Football League side Hibernian on Tuesday confirmed that HARRY BUTCHER has been appointed as manager, signing a three-year deal. Former Scotland int'l MAURICE MAL has also joined the club as Butcher's assistant, "continuing the role he played at Inverness" (SCOTSMAN, 11/12). ... Serie A Chievo Verona has "confirmed the dismissal" of Manager GUISEPPE SANNINO "despite holding Milan to a goalless draw on the weekend" (REUTERS, 11/12). ... General Secretary of the Turks and Caicos Islands FA SONIA BIEN-AIME, “has been appointed a member of the CONCACAF Executive Committee.” Bien-Aime “is also one of three women on FIFA’s Executive Committee”-- joining LYDIA NSEKERA, who was a co-opted member before being voted to the full 25-person committee at the same Congress, and Australia’s MOYA DODD. In addition to her new post, Bien-Aime “is also a member of the Women’s Technical Committee and Deputy Chairwoman of the Women's Championship Committee at CONCACAF” (TURKS & CAICOS SUN, 11/12). … ULRICH FRITZ has joined HWA Mercedes' board of directors "as the DTM giants undergo a management reshuffle ahead of the 2014 season." Fritz, who has been part of the Mercedes family for over a decade, "will mainly oversee the team's commercial operations and management structure" as of Dec. 1 (CRASH, 11/11). ... SAP AG announced German national team Manager OLIVER BIERHOFF as a brand ambassador for the company. Bierhoff will collaborate with SAP on further enhancing solutions that bring analytics and insight to professional sports clubs, coaches, players and fans (SAP).

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League Championship Birmingham City Owner CARSON YEUNG "wrapped up his testimony on Tuesday, four weeks after he first took the witness stand" in a $93M money-laundering trial that "has cast a spotlight on how the barber-turned-businessman made his fortune." Yeung "has denied five charges of money-laundering." The offences "allegedly took place" from Jan. '01 to Dec. '07 and "involved five bank accounts" (REUTERS, 11/12). A Hong Kong judge "rejected" Yeung’s second appeal to have his money-laundering trial tossed out. District Court Judge DOUGLAS YAU Tuesday said Yeung "wasn’t prejudiced by new evidence submitted by the prosecution last week after the trial -- now in its 52nd day -- was extended to allow the businessman to take the stand" (BLOOMBERG, 11/12). ... Former Spanish second division side Mallorca President VICENTE GRANDE has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding Spanish tax authorities of more than €500,000 ($672,000). In addition to the prison sentence, Grande was fined €514,969 ($692,000) (EP, 11/12). ... Spanish tennis player NURIA LLAGOSTERA has been suspended from tennis for two years for doping and will not be able to "officially compete again until Nov. 7, 2015." The Int'l Tennis Federation announced that Llagostera has been sanctioned after testing positive for methamphetamine (DPA, 11/11). ... Milan forward ROBINHO has not been allowed to enter the U.S. "after issues with his visa." The striker "travelled with the Brazil national team to Miami for a friendly with Honduras on Saturday" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 11/12). ... Egyptian football club al-Ahly "has banned its star striker from taking part in the FIFA Club World Cup for making a pro-Muslim Brotherhood gesture after scoring in its win at the Africa Champions League final." The club’s board "may also impose a financial penalty" on AHMED ABDEL-ZAHER. The Egyptian FA "is also due to investigate Abdel-Zaher" (DPA, 11/12).

CHARITABLE GESTURE: Premier League Sunderland striker CONNOR WICKHAM "used his Twitter following over the weekend to help raise money for charity." Wickham, who is currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, "pledged to donate 10p to the Poppy Appeal for every retweet his Remembrance Twitter message received from 10am to 11am on Armistice Day morning." Given the 20-year-old boasts over 100,000 followers, "it is not surprising that the tweet received 17,300 retweets within the allotted hour," meaning Wickham will now "generously donate" £1,730 ($2,750) to the charity (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 11/12). ... JUSTIN ROSE has been given an honorary membership of the European Tour after becoming the first Englishman to win a U.S. Open in 43 years (London GUARDIAN, 11/12). ... Former French diplomat JEROME CHAMPAGNE, who spent 11 years at FIFA in roles that included deputy general secretary before he was ousted in a '10 coup "led by the later tarnished Asian Football Confederation President MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM," is also pondering a run against FIFA President SEPP BLATTER (London GUARDIAN, 11/12).

Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "Stockholm becomes first established winter powerhouse to join 2022 winter Olympics race."

London Telegraph's TOM CARY: "Bernie asked to describe his four days in court. "It was alright, I suppose, the experience.""

Payne Sports Media Strategies CEO & Chair MICHAEL PAYNE: "Ironic being back in Tokyo - talk all about #legacy here, the city where Atlanta 96 was elected, now reading about end of Olympic stadium"

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