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Volume 10 No. 25

People and Pop Culture

Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos unveiled former Real Madrid midfielder MIGUEL ÁNGEL PORTUGAL as its new coach. Portugal will take over from former Italian int'l GIANLUCA ZAMBROTTA. Portugal's coaching abilities "first came to the fore" at Real Madrid's "C" and "B" sides (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 7/17). ... EPL side West Ham United Vice-Chair KARREN BRADY will take over as chair of PHILIP GREEN's retail empire as ANTHONY GRABINER steps down. Grabiner, who has spent 15 years as the head of Taveta, is to "step down with immediate effect." Taveta is the Green family firm, owned by Green's Monaco-based wife, TINA. It controls Arcadia, which owns several fashion chains (London GUARDIAN, 7/17). ... ITV appointed EasyJet CEO CAROLYN MCCALL as its new CEO. McCall will take over the running of the commercial broadcaster early next year. Former ITV CEO ADAM CROZIER left in June (BBC, 7/17).

ROGER FEDERER will "visit Scotland for the first time in November" to play ANDY MURRAY. The Swiss tennis player "agreed to play in the second Andy Murray Live charity event" at the SSE Hydro Glasgow on Nov. 7. Murray played a charity Match for Africa for Federer in Switzerland in April (London DAILY MIRROR, 7/17). ... EPL side Burnley goalkeeper PAUL ROBINSON announced his retirement at the age of 37. Robinson, who began his career at Leeds United in '98 and also played for Tottenham and Blackburn, "was capped 41 times" for England (BBC, 7/17). ... Formula 1 broadcaster and former driver MARTIN BRUNDLE was "dramatically taken ill just moments before going on air to receive an award marking 20 years of his customary grid-walk." Brundle, who competed in 165 grands prix, was due to accept a trophy from F1 Managing Dir ROSS BRAWN "before falling unwell and receiving treatment at the Silverstone medical centre." Sky Sports confirmed that Brundle, 58, was "fully conscious and in good spirits" (London TELEGRAPH, 7/17). ... The IAAF announced former Namibian sprinter and IAAF Council member FRANKIE FREDERICKS was "provisionally suspended from athletics pending an investigation into a potential ethics violation." Fredericks is being investigated by the Athletics Integrity Unit over payments he received from PAPA MASSATA DIACK, the son of former IAAF President LAMINE DIACK, on the day Rio won the vote to host the 2016 Olympics (REUTERS, 7/17).