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Volume 7 No. 149

People and Pop Culture

Ligue 2 side Sochaux announced DAVID VIZCAÍNO as its new sporting director. He will be in charge of the sporting direction of the club and the training academy. He was previously the head of recruitment with Spanish second division side Almería (Sochaux). ... SHASHANK MANOHAR will continue as Int'l Cricket Council chair until '20 after he was elected unopposed for a second two-year term. The ICC said that Manohar was the "sole nominee" put forth by the board (, 5/15). ... JOYEE BISWAS, the southeast Asian head of ESPN, joined Facebook as head of Asia-Pacific sports partnerships. He will be tasked with overseeing Facebook’s partnerships with APAC-based leagues, teams, athletes and sports media and he will continue to be based in Singapore. He previously held senior roles at Eleven Sports and Singtel (TV NEWS 4U, 5/15).

COACHES/MANAGERS: Paris St. Germain announced THOMAS TUCHEL as its new manager. The German signed a two-year contract with the club. Tuchel, 44, replaces UNAI EMERY and will take up his post in July (PSG). ... Germany national football team Manager JOACHIM LÖW extended his contract until '22. Löw, whose deal was set to expire in '20, has been in charge for 12 years and led the side to World Cup victory in '14. He was linked with Arsenal's managerial position following ARSÈNE WENGER's departure (REUTERS, 5/15). ... Former Man City Manager ROBERTO MANCINI was confirmed as the new head coach of the Italian national team. He succeeds GIAN PIERO VENTURA, who was sacked in November. The 53-year-old's first game in charge will be a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Switzerland on May 28 (REUTERS, 5/14).

Arsenal Head of Medical Services COLIN LEWIN "lost his job" after 23 years with the club. The decision was delivered to the 44-year-old on Monday and is understood to have left many players and staff "shocked and upset." Lewin leaves as part of a medical department restructure that "could result in further departures" (BBC, 5/15). ... BILL LAWRY is "putting down the the microphone" after four decades of cricket commentary for the Nine Network. The 81-year-old confirmed on Tuesday he "turned down offers from Fox Sports and the Seven Network," opting for retirement after Nine's loss in April of cricket media rights. He said, "I've had 40 great years at Channel Nine and I've been very, very lucky. ... I don't want to spoil a great journey" (AAP, 5/15). ... German FA (DFB) President REINHARD GRINDEL criticized national team players MESUT ÖZIL and ILKAY GUNDOGAN for "having their picture taken" with Turkey President RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN. The players, who are both of Turkish descent but were born in Germany, posed for the picture on Sunday in London (London INDEPENDENT, 5/15). ... PELÉ will testify in the vote-buying legal process that revolves around Rio de Janeiro's election as host of the 2016 Olympic Games. The former footballer will testify as a witness for the defense of CARLOS ARTHUR NUZMAN, the former president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee. His appearance before the judge will be by video conference on May 29 (AROUND THE RINGS, 5/14). ... Queensland and Kangaroos captain CAMERON SMITH dropped a "representative rugby league bombshell" by announcing he is "finished playing for the Maroons and Australia, effective immediately." The announcement "leaves the Maroons with a huge void to fill" in a position Smith has owned since '03 (FOX SPORTS, 5/15).