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Volume 7 No. 149
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Names In The News

The Spanish Basketball League (ACB) is currently eyeing several candidates who could become the league's next president. One of them is ANA MUÑOZ, the former director general of Spain's Superior Sports Council (CSD). The next ACB president "will be in charge of matters including communications and officiating" (AS, 4/5). ... THOMAS TUCHEL will reportedly become the new manager of Paris St. Germain from next season, with UNAI EMERY "set to depart after failing to bring European success to the club." The German manager "has enjoyed a year on sabbatical following an acrimonious exit from Borussia Dortmund last May" but will return to the dugout and "attempt to bring an elusive Champions League title to the French capital" (London DAILY MAIL, 4/5). ... SALLY PEARSON, Australia's "face of the Commonwealth Games," has withdrawn from Gold Coast 2018 because of injury. The 31-year-old 100m hurdler, regarded as one of the host's Gold Medal prospects, had been "struggling" with an Achilles problem (BBC, 4/5). ... Scottish Premiership side Hibernian Manager NEIL LENNON helped launch a new football mental health project to "encourage middle-aged men to open up." Lennon, who has previously spoken about his own struggles with depression, "kicked off The Changing Room initiative at Easter Road." The two-year pilot project is "aimed at encouraging men" aged 30-62 to talk about their mental health (SCOTSMAN, 4/5).

MCGREGOR WREAKS HAVOC: UFC President DANA WHITE confirmed CONOR MCGREGOR's lightweight title, which he claimed in '16 at UFC 205, "will be officially stripped this weekend." KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV and MAX HOLLOWAY will fight for the title. White said, "No interim champ. When this fight is over, champion" (BBC, 4/5). ... McGregor responded to White’s decision to strip him of his lightweight belt in "typically understated fashion: by tweeting an unprintable insult, crashing a pre-fight press event, chucking a barricade and prompting a scene of general mayhem that left one fighter injured and organizers stunned." McGregor and his entourage "approached a large vehicle full of fighters that was leaving Barclays Center in Brooklyn after the press event." Chairs were reportedly "thrown through the van window and one passenger on the van was injured" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/5).

UNFORTUNATE TIMING: EPL side Southampton is "facing the prospect of off-field disruption" as it battles against relegation, with Vice-Chair LES REED "in the running to take up a new position as technical director of the Premier League." Reed, 65, reportedly "features on a shortlist for the job drawn up by recruitment consultants appointed by the Premier League" that also includes League Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers Sporting Dir KEVIN THELWELL. Reed was not available for comment on Wednesday and it is "unclear whether he would choose to leave Southampton for the Premier League, a decision that would probably be influenced" by whether the club stays in the top flight (LONDON TIMES, 4/5).