Names In The News
IOC member PRINCESS HAYA of Jordan "cited her relief work for Gaza as a reason not to seek re-election" as Int'l Equestrian Federation president. Princess Haya "was expected to win a third four-year term in December, when she will now also have to give up her Olympic position" (AP, 8/12). ... EPL side Queens Park Rangers has appointed former England Manager GLENN HODDLE "as first-team coach on a part-time basis." The 56-year-old will work with fellow coaches JOE JORDAN and KEVIN BOND in assisting Manager HARRY REDKNAPP (BBC, 8/12). ... Former Pakistan cricketer DANISH KANERIA's "application to appeal against a life ban for spot-fixing has been refused." Kaneria "was banned in June 2012 after being found guilty of corruption while playing for Essex during a one-day match in 2009." The 33-year-old "denies wrongdoing," but the Court of Appeal said his application was "totally without merit" (BBC, 8/12). ... Former NBA player JOSH CHILDRESS "has signed a one-year deal with the Sydney Kings and will play a major role in filling the hole left by fellow American" SAM YOUNG. Although the Kings "won't be paying Childress anywhere near as much as what he was on at the Phoenix Suns" in '12, he stands to make $7M this season from Phoenix, which used an amnesty clause to wipe him from the books in '12 (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/12).
FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Ligue 1 side Paris St. Germain striker ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has donated £30,000 ($50,000) "to help the Swedish learning difficulties national team compete in the INAS World Championships in Brazil." Assistant coach STEFAN JONSSON "got in touch with Ibra asking him to donate a shirt for an auction as the side was struggling to raise money." Jonsson said, "[Ibrahimovic] said, 'What the hell are you going with a jersey? What does it cost to go?' When we said that we needed 350,000 Swedish krone [£30,000], he asked for the account number and deposited it" (London INDEPENDENT, 8/12)