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Volume 6 No. 214

People and Pop Culture

Argentine first division side Quilmes coach RICARDO CARUSO LOMBARDI on Saturday announced that he was resigning from his position following his team's 3-1 loss to Estudiantes (LOS ANDES, 4/12). ... DEEPAK PAREKH has been appointed as special adviser to Board of Control for Cricket in India and Indian Premier League Interim President SUNIL GAVASKAR. He "will be a special invitee to the Governing Council meetings of the IPL." Parekh is the chairman of Housing Development Finance Corp., "and is also on the boards of many Indian and international corporates" (GULF NEWS, 4/11).

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The Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV) has appointed ANDREAS PUELACHER "as its new head coach of the men's Alpine team." The 49-year-old, who "worked as an advisor on the ÖSV's training group for giant slalom and combined," replaces MATHIAS BERTHOLD, "who decided not to extend his contract with the federation." The federation also hired HEINZ KUTTIN "as its new men's ski jumping head coach." The 43-year-old replaces ALEXANDER POINTNER. In addition, the ÖSV announced that REINHARD GÖSWEINER "will become the new head coach of its women's and men's biathlon teams." Gösweiner, who "coached the men's biathlon team from '08-12," replaces REMO KRUG, "whose contract was not renewed" (KURIER, 4/11). ... The German Ski Federation (DSV) "has decided to end its collaboration with women's Alpine team head coach" THOMAS STAUFFER. DSV Alpine Dir WOLFGANG MAIER "confirmed that the federation will not extend Stauffer's expiring contract" (KURIER, 4/10). ... Test cricket captain MICHAEL CLARKE was "involved in throwing out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game." Clarke "didn't actually throw out the pitch himself." Instead, it was his wife KYLY who pitched at the St. Louis Cardinals' game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on Saturday, "with Clarke serving as catcher" (AAP, 4/13). ... HAKAN SUKUR's nameplate in the Istanbul stadium named after him -- Sancaktepe Hakan Sukur Stadium -- "has been removed by municipal workers after he resigned from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 4/11). ... One of the first off-field casualties of Australian Football League side Carlton’s "rapid decline" is expected to be club CEO GREG SWANN. With the Blues’ administration starting the year with an internal expectation the club was a top-four candidate, "influential Carlton figures are calling for blood and are working behind the scenes for change as the finals now appear out of reach" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 4/14).

Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "The world motor sport council met in Marrakech today. FIA says the next meeting will be in Munich on June 26. That should be handy for Mr E."

The AP's ROB HARRIS: "However the decision to play FA Cup semifinals at Wembley is questioned by some, always great occasions and smooth operation at the venue"

NBC's LEIGH DIFFEY: "Exciting that Gene Haas has been granted an F1 licence! US audience now has even more to look forward to re #F1 on @NBCSN"

British golfer IAN POULTER: "I have to say was very playable today. They actually softened the greens & slowed them down slightly. Disappointing finish"

ESPN's DERMOT CORRIGAN: "Very dark now at Getafe... really strange that floodlights not being used..."

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