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The ATP has announced the inaugural members of its new Competition Committee, which will serve purely in an advisory capacity. The six-person committee consists of two reps designated by the ATP Tournament Council, two reps designated by the ATP Player Council, and one at-large member and a committee chair, both selected by ATP Exec Chair & President BRAD DREWETT. Internazionali BNL d'Italia Tournament Chair SERGIO PALMIERI and former Heineken Open Tournament Dir GRAHAM PEARCE have been selected as the two Tournament Council-designated reps. Mood Media Corp. Chair & CEO LORNE ABONY and former ATP Exec VP/Player Services WELLER EVANS were selected as the two Player Council-designated reps. ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Chair RICHARD KRAJICEK was designated as the at-large rep by Drewett, while ATP Exec VP/Rules & Competition GAYLE DAVID BRADSHAW was appointed Committee Chair (ATP).
EXECS: The FA Board has named EPL club Manchester United CEO DAVID GILL as its candidate to join next year's UEFA Exec Committee. The news comes after it was revealed that GEOFF THOMPSON, "who has represented the FA in the role since '09," will step down next May (GOAL.com, 8/24)....The First Tee of Charlotte named IKE GRAINGER interim Exec Dir, replacing JENNIFER MACCURRACH, who “decided to return to Texas to run a First Tee program there.” The goal is for a “permanent executive director to be hired this fall” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/27)….The Yankees named Double-A Texas League Frisco RoughRiders Corporate Marketing Manager ADAM KROUSE Premium Sales & Services Consultant (THE DAILY)….The OHL Mississauga Steelheads named JASON NOBILI Assistant GM & Associate Coach (Steelheads)….Mississippi Valley State Univ. named Prairie View A&M Univ. Assistant VP/Athlete Compliance & Academic Advising ASHLEY ROBINSON AD (MVSU)….The Univ. of Utah named Univ. of Houston Compliance Coordinator KATELYN RIMMEL Dir of Compliance. The school also named NATE BURK Compliance Coordinator and promoted SEAN FARRELL to Assistant Dir of Compliance (Utah)….George Washington Univ. named Gonzaga Univ. Athletics Video Services Specialist JUSTIN LANGE Dir of Multimedia Production & Broadcast Services (GWU).
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In Baltimore, Mike Klingaman writes JILLIAN UNITAS, granddaughter of Pro Football HOFer JOHNNY UNITAS, is “determined to blaze her own trail in the sports world.” She said, “I know my name opens doors, but I want to be judged not for what my grandfather did, but for the work I put forth.” Jillian Unitas is the Media Manager for this weekend’s Grand Prix of Baltimore and her job this week “runs the gamut from cranking out pre-race news releases, to posting updates on road closures, to managing social media sites.” She also will “usher drivers to on-site media interviews” after each race (Baltimore SUN, 8/27).
HELL HATH NO FURY: In N.Y., Gary Buiso wrote when “Magic/Bird” Producer TONY PONTURO separated from his wife of 34 years, "she didn’t sing the blues -- she created a tell-all musical inspired by her hubby, and sold jewelry he gave her to pay for it.” RUTHE PONTURO said that Tony left her for his producing partner FRAN KIRMSER, "19 years his junior.” Ruthe Ponturo said, “I couldn’t believe it. My parents were married almost 61 years, and I was positive we would be, too.” Her show, “Divorce -- The Musical,” is set to debut “on Sept. 28 at the Triad Theatre on the Upper West Side.” One of the lines from the song, called “Bitter Pill” says, “That brain behind your zipper/Made you a liar and pretty mean/You’d better get Viagra/To fill out those designer jeans” (N.Y. POST, 8/26).
NEW ADDITIONS: Gold Medal-winning British distance runner MO FARAH and his wife are new parents to twin girls (AP, 8/25)....MLS Red Bulls F THIERRY HENRY and Bosnian model girlfriend ANDREA RAJACIC on Thursday welcomed a baby boy (N.Y. TIMES, 8/26)....NFL Panthers C RYAN KALIL and his wife NATALIE welcomed their second daughter yesterday, CHANDLER KAROLINE KALIL (THE DAILY)
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