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Volume 7 No. 149

People and Pop Culture

Former Scotland rugby coach SCOTT JOHNSON will return to Australia as director of rugby. Wallabies coach MICAHEL CHEIKA's powers will be "significantly reduced." He will remain as coach through next year's World Cup but he will "have to answer" to Johnson. Johnson will not return to Australia until he finishes his current job with Scotland in mid-March (THE AUSTRALIAN, 12/17). ... Formula E announced ALEJANDRO AGAG will "step up" from his position as CEO to chair in an "increasing effort to focus on relationships" with commercial partners, host cities and FIA. Agag will continue to serve as CEO until a replacement is found (FORBES, 12/14). ... TOM KERR was appointed editor of the Racing Post and group racing director, replacing BRUCE MILLINGTON, who stepped down on Friday after 11 years at the helm. Kerr, 31, was named Racing Writer of the Year in '16 by the Horserace Writers & Photographers Association and steps up to editor having previously held the role of senior writer (Racing Post). ... Electronic Arts hired PAUL JOHNSON as its new head of commercialization for esports. Johnson will lead EA's global push to "grow and enhance out-of-game revenue" related to the publisher's esports offerings, including sponsorships, advertising, media rights, licensing fees and merchandising (THE ESPORTS OBSERVER, 12/14). ... Belgian First Division A side Anderlecht dismissed coach HEIN VANHAEZEBROUCK after "a series of poor results" that led to the club's exit from the Europa League and drop to fourth in its domestic league (REUTERS, 12/17).

ManU Manager JOSÉ MOURINHO will "face no further action on charges of using abusive language" following his club's EPL win over Newcastle United in October, the FA said on Monday. An independent regulatory commission cleared Mourinho of the charge on Oct. 31 and the FA, which appealed against that decision last month, confirmed on Monday it was "upheld and the matter was now closed" (REUTERS, 12/17). ... FERNANDO ALONSO looks set to "maintain a close relationship" with McLaren despite calling an end to his Formula 1 career. All corners of the McLaren garage are "eager to tap into his wealth of knowledge and experience" to help develop the '19 car (PLANET F1, 12/17). ... Former World No. 4 SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN was named captain of France's Davis Cup team for the next two seasons. Grosjean was part of the French team that beat Australia to win the Davis Cup in '01. He replaces YANNICK NOAH (BBC, 12/17). ... Premier League side Burnley Vice-Chair BARRY KILBY, who surrendered his post as chair of the club in '12 to fight prostate cancer, wrote a novel to help prevent more men from dying from the disease (Burnley). ... Striker ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC will remain with Major League Soccer side L.A. Galaxy for another season. The Swede, 37, joined the club in March (BBC, 12/17). ... Tour de France winner GERAINT THOMAS was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018. The Team Sky rider, 32, is the third Briton to win the race, after BRADLEY WIGGINS and CHRIS FROOME. Formula 1 champion LEWIS HAMILTON finished second, while footballer HARRY KANE was third (BBC).