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Volume 10 No. 22

People and Pop Culture

Premier League side Crystal Palace appointed former player and Manager DOUGIE FREEDMAN as the club's sporting director. Freedman, 43, has not managed since he was sacked by League Championship club Nottingham Forest in March '16 after 13 months in charge. The Scot made 330 league appearances in "two spells at Palace," taking over as manager in Jan. '11 before leaving to join League One side Bolton in Oct. '12 (BBC, 8/21).

: National Rugby League side Gold Coast sacked coach NEIL HENRY "in the wake of last week's crisis meetings" at the club. Gold Coast CEO GRAHAM ANNESLEY confirmed the decision on Monday, announcing the club's board "agreed to sack Henry on Saturday." Henry leaves with a year remaining on his contract (AAP, 8/21). ... Former England Manager STEVE MCCLAREN joined Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv "as a coaching consultant." McClaren, 56, has not managed since March, when he was sacked by League Championship side Derby County. He will work under Manager JORDI CRUYFF, who played at ManU when McClaren was ALEX FERGUSON's assistant from '99-01 (BBC, 8/21).

NEYMAR "took a swipe" at the Barcelona board after "putting in a dazzling performance" in his home debut for Paris St. Germain. The Brazilian scored twice as PSG came from behind to beat Toulouse 6-2. Speaking after the match, Neymar decided to "round on his former employers." He said, "I don't have anything to say to the Barcelona board. Well, actually I have something to say -- that I am disappointed with them" (London TELEGRAPH, 8/21). ... W-League side Adelaide United unveiled Matildas midfielder ALEX CHIDIAC as its first signing for the upcoming season. Chidiac, who returned to the club last season following a stint with Melbourne City, "inked a new one-year contract with her hometown club" (THE ADVERTISER, 8/21). ...Gabba curator KEVIN MITCHELL, who has prepared pitches at the Australian cricket venue for over 30 years, said that he will "step down after the series-opening Ashes test." The Brisbane venue has "long been acclaimed for the quality of its pitches" (REUTERS, 8/21). ... Spanish swimmer FERNANDO ÁLVAREZ "paid an incredible personal tribute to the victims of the Barcelona terror attack, right at the start of his race." Instead of diving in with the rest of his competitors, Álvarez "stood on the blocks and waited for one minute before taking to the pool." He was competing in the Masters World Championship in Budapest and "felt there should have been an official moment of reflection" to honor the 15 people killed in a terrorist attack in Barcelona last Thursday (London DAILY MAIL, 8/21).