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Volume 10 No. 26

People and Pop Culture

Former boxing promoter MICKEY DUFF, a distinctive figure in professional boxing for more than 50 years, died Saturday aged 84, "after a career in which he was closely associated with some of the most famous figures in the sport," including FRANK BRUNO, BARRY MCGUIGAN and MIKE TYSON, according to John Goodbody of the SUNDAY TIMES. As boxer, manager, matchmaker and promoter, Duff "was a colourful fixture at ringsides as he got the best deals for his fighters, for the boxing public and also for himself" (SUNDAY TIMES, 3/23). The PA reported Duff "is best remembered as a promoter," working alongside British world champions such as JOE CALZAGHE, JOHN CONTEH and ALAN MINTER. His fellow promoter BARRY HEARN led the tributes, tweeting, "Sorry to hear that Mickey Duff died today RIP Legendary promoter." A statement from STEPHEN POWELL on the London Ex-Boxers' Association website added, "The London Ex-Boxers Association offer their heartfelt condolences to the family of Mickey Duff, who very sadly passed away peacefully in his sleep early this morning. This truly is the end of a golden era in British Boxing, the mould has been broken, there will never be another 'true boxing man' like Mickey Duff" (PA, 3/22). The AP reported in '99, Duff was inducted into the Int'l Boxing Hall of Fame, which describes him as "one of the most knowledgeable and accomplished men in the history of the sport" (AP, 3/23).

Singapore pay-TV broadcaster SingTel mio TV has announced the hire of ANURAG DAHIYA as director of sports content and programming. Joining from ESPN Star Sports, Dahiya "will head the Sports content team and will be involved in the acquisition, programming and production of all sports content on the IPTV and the digital platforms which include mio TV Go and mio TV Play" (ASIA ON SCREEN, 3/20). ... Former Singapore Sports Council CEO OON JIN TEIK "is set to join the Singapore Sports Hub" as its CEO. This, after home-grown water management and environmental solutions firm Hyflux announced on Wednesday that "he will be stepping down" as group exec VP, global marketing and Southeast Asia beginning April 30 (ASIA ONE, 3/22).

Liga MX Querétaro Owner AMADO YÁÑEZ "was arrested on Sunday morning by Mexico's Attorney General (PGR)." Yáñez and his company, Oceanografia, have been "under investigation since February" (LA AFICION, 3/23). ... Colombian pop star SHAKIRA has recorded a "second official World Cup song after the superhit 'Waka Waka South Africa' anthem" back in '10. Shakira "penned 'La La La' -- a reworked version of new song Dare," for this summer's event (PTI, 3/23). ... Motorsports governing body FIA said that the Red Bull F1 team's appeal against DANIEL RICCIARDO's "disqualification from second place in the Australian Grand Prix will be heard on April 14" (BRISBANE TIMES, 3/22). ... The South Korea Olympic Committee has "filed an official complaint" with the Int'l Skating Union over the "composition of the judging panel for the women's figure skating competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, where KIM YU-NA surprisingly came in second place." The committee said on Friday that the complaint "demands that the ISU conduct a thorough investigation and urges for reform." The Korean committee did not, however, "complain about the panel's performance nor about the score Kim received" (KOREA JOONGANG DAILY, 3/24).

Bloomberg's TARIQ PANJA: "Many countries host sporting events to boost image. Recent examples of Brazil and most-significantly Qatar, Russia suggest opposite true"

The AP's STEVE WILSON: "Fatal avalanche occurred at Rosa Khutor, the resort used for Alpine skiing at #Sochi #Olympjcs"

Football journalist GABRIELE MARCOTTI: "Brooks Brothers pitchside advertising at San Siro. Wonder why we don't see that elsewhere..."

AP's ROB HARRIS: "It's actually the companies helping to fund clubs who lose out when press conferences aren't held ... as sponsors miss out on the publicity"

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