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Volume 7 No. 126

People and Pop Culture

League One side Blackpool announced SAM OYSTON left his role as CEO. The club said in a statement, "The news follows an internal restructure in recent weeks, which has resulted in changes at board level." Oyston "lasted just 28 days in the job" (Blackpool GAZETTE, 2/13). ... WADA European Regional Office & Int'l Federations Relations Dir BENJAMIN COHEN was appointed as director general of the Int'l Testing Agency, the new independent body that will provide doping controls and other services to int'l federations and major event organizations. Cohen previously held roles with FIBA, the UN Office of Sport for Development & Peace and UEFA (IOC). ... MGM hired CHRIS BREARTON as the studio's COO. He will join the company at the end of the month, reporting to MGM Chair & CEO GARY BARBER and working with him to oversee MGM's business operations. Brearton comes to MGM from Latham & Watkins' Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice Group (MGM). ... Veteran marketing exec LIZ GRAY returned to CAA to lead and build the cultural insights practice within CAA Brand Consulting. Gray, who was most recently chief mindset officer at The Female Quotient, will report to JEFF ECCLESTON, who oversees the CAA Brand Consulting Insight & Analytics team (Liz Mullen, Staff Writer)

COACHES/MANAGERS: Brasileiro side Botafogo named former Serie A club Udinese midfielder ALBERTO VALENTIM as its coach for the remainder of '18. The 42-year-old replaces FELIPE CONCEIÇÃO, who was sacked on Saturday after "just seven matches in charge" (XINHUA, 2/14).

HANNAH MOUNCEY's coach at the Ainslie Football Club in Canberra, CHRIS ROURKE, "dismissed concerns that transgender players are stronger than other women on the field." Rourke said that he "initially questioned how fair it was for her to play on a women's team." He said, "I thought, 'Oh you know it's unfair' -- but really it's not. ... In our case, Hannah is a really big person, but she doesn't play a brutal game of footy, she moves quite slowly" (ABC, 2/13). ... Cricketer BEN STOKES will join his England teammates in New Zealand later this week after he "appeared at a magistrates court to indicate a plea of not guilty to a charge of affray." The England & Wales Cricket Board said that Stokes "would arrive in New Zealand on Friday to train with his teammates in Hamilton" (THE AGE, 2/14).

MATCH-FIXING: ManU's ANDER HERRERA is "among 30 players who Spanish prosecutors want jailed and banned for their connections to match-fixing in La Liga seven years ago." Prosecutors are asking for a two-year prison sentence and a six-year ban "for the case involving clubs Levante and Real Zaragoza." Among the players accused are Herrera, Leicester City's VICENTE IBORRA, Atlético Madrid captain GABI and River Plate captain LEONARDO PONZIO. Former Mexico coach JAVIER AGUIRRE  is "facing the same sentence if found guilty in the case" (AP, 2/14).