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Volume 10 No. 26

People and Pop Culture

ESPN named ad services firm Mediaocean EVP & GM/Global Platform Solutions TRAVIS HOWE senior VP/digital ad product sales & strategy. He will be responsible for establishing a go-to-market strategy for ESPN's digital ad business. Howe will be based in N.Y., reporting to ESPN President of Global Sales & Marketing ED ERHARDT. Howe also has had previous stints at Sony and Accenture (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor).

COACHES/MANAGERS: Former ManU and England striker TEDDY SHERINGHAM was appointed head coach of Indian Super League side Atlético de Kolkata. The 51-year-old, who also played for Tottenham and Nottingham Forest, has managed League Two side Stevenage and "takes over" the reigning ISL champion, which also won the title in '14 (PA, 7/15). ... Bulgarian LUBOSLAV PENEV, who played for La Liga side Valencia from '89-95, "will coach the club's youth side during the '17-18 season." Penev's coaching experience includes a stint as an assistant coach of the Bulgarian national team (EFE, 7/15).

Former National League side Sutton United goalkeeper WAYNE SHAW was charged with "breaching betting rules after eating a pie live on television." Shaw, who was forced to resign after being filmed eating what he said was "a pasty" during his side’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, faces punishment for "intentionally influencing a football betting market, and improper conduct." He was given until 6pm Friday to respond to the FA charges (London TELEGRAPH, 7/14). ... Hundreds of fans of Dutch side Ajax "staged an emotional rally" outside the family home of a ABDELHAK NOURI, who suffered brain damage after collapsing in a friendly match. The club said that the midfielder suffered "serious and permanent brain damage" (BBC, 7/15). ... All Blacks vice captain BEN SMITH is "expected to sit out eight tests this year." He re-signed with New Zealand Rugby in February through '20 and, "like many leading players, had a sabbatical clause included in his contract" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 7/16).

DISMISSED: A court in Brazil dismissed charges against U.S. swimmer RYAN LOCHTE "relating to false robbery claims he made at the Rio Olympics." Lochte, 32, told a TV interview that he and three other members of the U.S. swimming team had been "robbed at gunpoint at a petrol station." He was charged with "making a false statement and banned from swimming" (BBC, 7/16).