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Volume 10 No. 25

People and Pop Culture

After months of negotiations, the French Rugby Federation announced the arrival of BEN RYAN as a consultant for the French rugby sevens teams. Ryan, who led Fiji to the sevens Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, joined the French teams on Monday (L’ÉQUIPE, 9/18). ... FIFA VP VICTOR MONTAGLIANI was elected as the chair of the board of directors of FIFA Ticketing AG, a FIFA subsidiary which is responsible for the global sale of tickets for the World Cup (FIFA). ... BIBI RAMJANI was appointed as the first female president of Malaysia Super League side Kelantan, "with the mandate of leading the troubled state side" until '21. The businesswoman is Malaysia's second female club president after TUNKU AMINAH MAIMUNAH ISKANDARIAH of Johor Darul Ta'zim. She will first need to ensure the team remains in the MSL for the '18 season after seeing its club license application rejected by the FA of Malaysia for "failing to comply with the required criteria" (, 9/18). ... DOMINIK ROGGENKAMP, 37, will return to rights agency Lagardère Sports on Oct. 1 as exec director of sales, Germany. He will be responsible for the mandate business and thus all sales projects outside Lagardère Sports' overall marketing partnerships. Roggenkamp will report to EIKE GYLLENSVÄRD, the company's SVP of sales, Germany (Lagardère Sports). ... The National Basketball Players Association "established a separate business unit for commercial activities, including merchandising, sponsorship, events and content." The new unit, National Basketball Players Inc., will have its own "profit and loss statement and payroll, and was established as a for-profit company." The unit named Def Jam Recordings Exec VP/Strategic Marketing & Brand Partnerships QUE GASKINS chief brand & growth officer, Nike Dir of Global Brand Business Affairs CLARENCE NESBITT general counsel and HBO VP/Global Licensing JOSH GOODSTADT EVP/licensing (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/18 issue).

COACHES/MANAGERS: Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg parted company with coach ANDRIES JONKER on Monday, less than four months after he "helped save" the club from relegation, and named MARTIN SCHMIDT as his replacement. Jonker, appointed at the end of February, "took charge of 19 competitive games including the two-legged relegation playoff against Eintracht Braunschweig in May which Wolfsburg won 2-0 on aggregate" to secure its top-flight status. Schmidt was previously in charge of Mainz for two-and-a-half seasons (REUTERS, 9/18). ... Belgian Pro League side Anderlecht "parted company" with Manager RENÉ WEILER "after an inauspicious start to the season." Weiler, who led Anderlecht to its 34th league title last season and took it into the Europa League quarterfinals, "had come under pressure following the draw away to Kortrijk" (SCOTSMAN, 9/18). ... KIRSTEN HELLIER was appointed as Athletics New Zealand program coach -- throws, based in Auckland. Hellier is currently coaching Olympic shot put finalist JACKO GILL (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 9/18). ... KEN HINKLEY will coach Australian Football League side Port Adelaide through '21 following a week of "internal conflict at the club in which the senior coach of the past five years seriously entertained leaving." Having initially been offered a two-year deal, Hinkley "strongly requested and received an extra year from the club." This "followed robust discussions over the weekend" (THE AGE, 9/18).

Three-time world squash champion NICK MATTHEW announced he will retire "at the end of the coming season." The 37-year-old, "who is aiming to win a third Commonwealth Games singles gold in April," aims to finish at the British Open later in the spring (BBC, 9/18). ... Australian test cricketer BOB HOLLAND -- who once took a 10-wicket match bag against New Zealand -- died "following a battle with brain cancer." The 70-year-old died two days "after he attended a tribute night in his honour in Newcastle" (STUFF, 9/18). ... Colombian footballer RADAMEL FALCAO, who currently plays for Ligue 1 side Monaco, will reportedly "admit to tax fraud allegations from Spain." Falcao, who played for Atlético Madrid between '11 and '13, "will plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine" of £6M ($8.09M) to avoid a trial (90MIN, 9/17). ... Cricketer SACHIN TENDULKAR and badminton player P.V. SINDHU "called off their talks for investing" in healthcare company CallHealth Services, according to sources. CallHealth, in a regulatory filing informing about its extraordinary general meeting, said that it would seek shareholders' approval for a proposed investment of Rs 12 crore ($1.8M) and Rs 4 crore ($600,000) from Tendulkar and Sindhu, respectively. A source close to Tendulkar's office said that the discussions with CallHealth "did not proceed beyond the preliminary stage" (PTI, 9/18). ... MONIQUE CONTI is a "world class junior basketballer and an elite" Australian Football League Women's prospect. She is "planning to play both" sports. Women's National Basketball League side Melbourne Boomers re-signed Conti to a four-year contract "that will see her play for the club and then, hopefully, join an AFLW club once the Boomers finish in January" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 9/18). ... Boxing judge ADALAIDE BYRD, who "sparked controversy" with her scoring in GENNADY GOLOVKIN's draw with CANELO ALVAREZ on Saturday, is "being temporarily stood down from major fights." Byrd has "developed a reputation for debatable scoring," and had Alvarez winning 118-110, a score which "perplexed most observers and put her at odds with her fellow judges" (London TELEGRAPH, 9/17). ... ANA CARRASCO became the first woman to win an individual world championship motorcycle race on Sunday in Portugal. The 20-year-old Spaniard, riding a Kawasaki Ninja 300, "found a draft on the final stretch" to overtake Yamaha riders ALFONSO COPPOLA and MARC GARCÍA in round 10 of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship (London GUARDIAN, 9/18). ... The BCCI approached the Kerala High Court against a single-bench order lifting the life ban imposed on cricketer S SREESANTH in the wake of the '13 Indian Premier League "spot-fixing scandal." In its appeal, the BCCI said that the decision to ban the cricketer was "taken based on the evidence against him." The single-judge bench on Aug. 7 "lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI" (PTI, 9/18).

TWO-YEAR BAN: Former England captain WAYNE ROONEY pleaded guilty to drunk driving on Monday, "leading to a court imposing a two-year driving ban and ordering him to perform 100 hours of unpaid community work." The Everton striker was stopped by police outside Manchester on Sept. 1 "while driving someone else's car." Rooney was "three times above the legal limit for driving with alcohol in the body." He apologized for his "unforgivable lack of judgement" via a statement (AP, 9/19).