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Volume 7 No. 82

People and Pop Culture

AMR FAHMY was appointed general secretary of the Confederation of African Football on Thursday, "following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather." The 34-year-old Egyptian replaced HICHAM EL AMRANI of Morocco, who resigned "just after" ISSA HAYATOU of Cameroon was replaced as CAF president (BBC, 11/17). ... Formula 1 hired former Fox Sports President DAVID HILL "to advise on an overhaul of its on-screen package which is set to include virtual advertisements from brands local to where the races take place." Hill worked for Australia's Nine Network in the '80s and helped launch Sky TV in Great Britain in '89. He was president of Fox Sports from '93-00, making "a name for himself through the introduction of cutting-edge on-air innovations" (FORBES, 11/17).

COACHES/MANAGERS: CHRIS COLEMAN was named manager of League Championship side Sunderland after resigning as Wales' manager. The 47-year-old signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, replacing SIMON GRAYSON, who was sacked "at the end of October after only 18 games in charge." Welshman Coleman becomes the club's 10th permanent manager since ROY KEANE's exit in Dec. '08 (BBC, 11/19). ... Football Kenya Federation confirmed the appointment of Belgian PAUL PUT as the national team's new head coach. Put, 61, signed a two-year deal to coach the Harambee Stars. He replaced STANLEY OKUMBI, who had been in the post since '16 (BBC, 11/18).

Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan reportedly "tabled" a €20M ($23.6M) deal to "lure" striker MAXI GÓMEZ from La Liga side Celta Vigo. The Uruguay int'l left Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting to join Celta six months ago on a five-year, €4M contract (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 11/17). ... EPL side Stoke City Manager MARK HUGHES thinks RYAN GIGGS "would be an ideal replacement" for CHRIS COLEMAN as the next manager of Wales. Coleman "dramatically quit" as coach on Friday and has "already taken his first training session" in charge of League Championship side Sunderland (YAHOO, 11/19). ... SIMON SPEIRS, 60, died while "taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race leg from South Africa to Australia." Organizers said that the retired solicitor, who was wearing a life jacket, "was washed over the side during gale force winds on Saturday" (BBC, 11/19). ... British motorcycle rider DANIEL HEGARTY died after "a horrific crash" in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. The 31-year-old, racing for Topgun Racing Honda, "came off his bike at a sharp bend during the sixth lap and was flung into barriers, losing his helmet and sustaining fatal injuries" (London TELEGRAPH, 11/18). ... USAIN BOLT has "drawn on his power" to help Australian cricketers utilize the "asset between the wickets." The world's fastest man put a "handful" of Australian Ashes hopefuls "through their paces" and said that "the area he thought most needed work was their speed off the mark." Bolt: "It's all about explosiveness, and that's one thing I've noticed with cricket -- they don't really have a lot of explosiveness when they're running" (HERALD SUN, 11/19).