Names In The News
Liverpool's LUIS SUÁREZ "has been named the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year for 2013-14, becoming the first non-European to win the award." Suárez "beat his club-mates" STEVEN GERRARD and DANIEL STURRIDGE to the prize. Suárez was voted in by members of the PFA ahead of Chelsea's EDEN HAZARD in second and City's YAYA TOURÉ in third (London GUARDIAN, 4/27). ... Former England striker and European Golden Boot winner KEVIN PHILLIPS "has decided to end his career at the age of 40." Phillips, who began the season in the Premier League with Crystal Palace before joining second-tier Leicester City, "has ruled out another stint in the top flight after helping Leicester gain promotion this season" (REUTERS, 4/28). ... Board of Control for Cricket in India Secretary SANJAY PATEL "was removed from the managing committee of the Baroda Cricket Association on Sunday." The decision "was taken in the managing committee meeting where three others were also to be removed from the committee" including Patel, who is the Honorary Secretary of the Baroda Cricket Association (MUMBAI MIRROR, 4/28). ... Former Olympic swimmer GEOFF HUEGILL and his wife SARA HILLS "have been charged with possessing cocaine while at the races on Saturday." The pair "were reportedly acting strangely while in a private suite at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse and security alerted police" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 4/28). ... Bangladesh’s Australian coach SHANE JURGENSEN "will resign in June, apparently because he is upset at media speculation that he may be sacked." A Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesperson said Jurgensen’s resignation had not yet been accepted because “it is an emotional decision and we are prepared to talk to him about it” (AFP, 4/28). ... New Zealander GRANT BRADBURN "is the new head coach" of Scotland's cricket team. The 47-year-old replaces PETE STEINDL, "who left the post in December after failing to reach the World Twenty20." Former Scotland captain CRAIG WRIGHT "will assist Bradburn, who is leaving his post with New Zealand A which followed five years with Northern Districts." Wright will also take charge of Cricket Scotland's elite player development program (BBC, 4/28). ... United Nations Secretary-General BAN KI-MOON appointed former IOC President JACQUES ROGGE on Monday "as his special envoy on youth, refugees and sports with a mandate to use sports to help promote peace and a sense of normalcy in conflict-torn countries like Syria and Central African Republic" (AP, 4/28).