Names In The News
Germany's SABINE LISICKI "hit the fastest recorded serve in the history of women's tennis at 131mph during a first-round loss" in Stanford. The 2013 Wimbledon finalist "hit the serve in the 11th game of the first set" against ANA IVANOVIC. VENUS WILLIAMS "had the previous record of 129mph at the 2007 US Open" (BBC, 7/30). ... Former South African cricket player JACQUES KALLIS, who retired from Tests last year, "announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect on Wednesday." His decision "came as a surprise for the cricketing fraternity, as his fans were expecting to cheer him at the ICC World Cup 2015" (ZEE NEWS, 7/30). ... Indian Super League side FC Pune City firmed up its Italian connection by signing former Juventus player DAVID TREZEGUET "as its marquee player." The eight ISL marquee players are likely to receive around $750,000 each "from their respective teams for the inaugural season" (THE HINDU, 7/30). ... J.League side Shimizu S-Pulse has fired AFSHIN GHOTBI as manager of the club "due to his team’s lackluster first half to the season." Ghotbi, 50, "will be replaced by former S-Pulse player" KATSUMI OENOKI, 49 (KYODO, 7/30). ... Real Madrid coach CARLO ANCELOTTI said that forward CRISTIANO RONALDO "is recovering well from his knee injury and may return to action in Saturday's friendly against his former club Manchester United in Michigan" (REUTERS, 7/30). ... The father of Argentina and Juventus player CARLOS TEVEZ "has been freed after being kidnapped and held for eight hours." SEGUNDO TEVEZ "was taken by a group of assailants at around sunrise on the outskirts of Buenos Aires but was 'in good shape' after being released," according to the family's lawyer, GUSTAVO GALASSO. Argentine TV station C5N said Tevez "was set free after a payment" of 40,000 pesos ($4,900) (London DAILY MAIL, 7/30). ... Australian Football League side Gold Coast defender NATHAN BOCK "has given up his battle with injury and retired." Bock said that "he's never fully recovered from a broken leg suffered in 2012" (AAP, 7/29).