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Volume 10 No. 24

People and Pop Culture

KENNETH FOK was elected president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, replacing Kazakhstan's NATALYA SIPOVICH. Fok, VP of Hong Kong's Sports Federation & Olympic Committee and a member of the Olympic Council of Asia's int'l relations committee, was elected unopposed and promised to take esports in Asia "to new heights" (REUTERS, 9/19). ... Russia regained its place on the FIFA Council when ALEXEI SOROKIN was elected as "one of the decision-making panel's European members" on Wednesday. Sorokin, the CEO of the organizing commitee for the 2018 World Cup, was elected "by acclamation" at an extraordinary UEFA Congress. He was the only candidate (REUTERS, 9/20). ... Australian Football League side Geelong Cats appointed SIMON LLOYD as GM, football. He will take up the role at the conclusion of the '17 season. Lloyd has spent the past two seasons as the club's director of coaching (Geelong Cats). ... Monumental Sports & Entertainment named Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Dir of Global Partnerships PATSY COYLE VP/global partnership retention (THE DAILY)

COACHES/MANAGERS: Liga MX side Santos Laguna announced ROBERT DANTE SIBOLDI will coach the club for the rest of the current season. Siboldi, who served as Santos Laguna's interim coach for one game in '15, replaces JOSÉ MANUEL DE LA TORRE (LA AFICIÓN, 9/18). ... Argentine first division side Estudiantes coach GUSTAVO MATOSAS resigned after his team was eliminated from the Copa Sudamericana. Matosas was hired by Estudiantes on June 20 (DPA, 9/20).

Real Madrid forward KARIM BENZEMA signed a new contract at the club, which reportedly includes a €1B ($1.19B) buyout clause. The side announced on Wednesday that Benzema signed a three-year extension to his current deal, which was due to expire at the end of next season, taking him through '21 (REUTERS, 9/20). ... Former RTÉ sports commentator and journalist JIMMY MAGEE died, aged 82. The veteran broadcaster "had been ill for some time." He was born in N.Y. and raised in County Louth, Ireland. Known as "the memory man," he joined RTÉ in '56 and in his time as a broadcaster, commentated on 10 Olympic Games and 11 World Cups (RTÉ). ... Pakistan batsman KHALID LATIF was banned from cricket "for five years for his part in a spot-fixing ring." A Pakistan Cricket Board tribunal "handed down the punishment after finding Latif guilty of all charges at a hearing on Wednesday" (BBC, 9/20).