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The Caterham F1 team appointed CYRIL ABITEBOUL as its "new managing director." The 35-year-old French native is currently the assistant COO for engine manufacturer Renault. He will hold both positions until January (MOTORSPORT-TOTAL.com, 9/21). ... German Bundesliga handball club THW Kiel appointed STEFAN ADAM as its new CFO. The 39-year-old will replace current CFO SABINE HOLDORF-SCHUST at the beginning of '13 (DPA, 9/21). ... English League Two football club Wycombe has dismissed Manager GARY WADDOCK "following a disappointing start" to its season (London GUARDIAN, 9/22). ... At its annual General Meeting, the Indian Boxing Federation elected RAJASTHAN BJP MLA ABHISHEK MATORIA as president, while incumbent ABHAY SINGH CHAUTALA was nominated chairman (PTI, 9/23).
TEAM COACHES AND MANAGERS: The Korean Baseball Organization league is making a "managerial change." Hanwha Eagles Manager HAN DAE-HWA stepped down, and the Nexen Heroes Manager KIM SI-JIN was sacked within less than a month. All eight clubs in the KBO have changed managers in the last two years. Other than Lotte Giants former Manager JERRY ROYSTER, "no one has seen his contract through to the end, with SK Wyverns former Manager KIM SUNG-KEUN and the aforementioned two "leaving their teams mid-season" (KOREA TIMES, 9/21). ... Japan's Osaka Evessa basketball team GM HIROTARO NOMAMOTO "was relieved of his duties on Wednesday." The Evessa went 0-3 in preseason play, and Nomamoto, who had been with the team since they entered the league in '05, lost his job two days after their final preseason game (JAPAN TIMES, 9/22). ... Tonga national rugby team has signed int'l coaches TIM LANE, DAVE ELLIS and MARK BAKEWELL "to help guide the islanders' build-up to the next World Cup" (AFP, 9/23).
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Globo TV network said that "retired Brazilian great RONALDO is taking part in a televised weight loss program." The popular variety show "Fantastico" will chronicle the three-time FIFA player of the year's bid "to shed the pounds he packed on since his retirement early last year" (AP, 9/23). ... Board of Cricket Control in India President N SRINIVASAN has turned down an invitation to attend the Asian Cricket Council development committee meeting to be held in Islamabad on Monday. Pakistan Cricket Board Chair ZAKA ASHRAF said, "He apparently has some other assignments and therefore he has nominated one of the vice presidents of the BCCI to attend the meeting" (PTI, 9/21). ... General Administration of Sports of China former Dir WU SHAOZU died at age 73 on Tuesday in Beijing. Wu became the first director of State General Administration of Sports in '98. During Wu's term of office he participated in Beijing's first bid for the Olympics and led the Chinese sports delegation to participate in the 25th Barcelona Olympics in '92 and the 26th Atlanta Olympics in '96 (CHINA DAILY, 9/22).
AFTER THE OLYMPICS...: Talks "are advanced on a deal" that would see double Olympic champion USAIN BOLT play an HRV Cup cricket game in New Zealand in the new year. Bolt will visit New Zealand next month "to promote sports drink Gatorade and attend a Breakers training." Former New South Wales cricket player GREG DYER, who is involved in brokering the deal, "confirmed they were in talks with the athlete's management" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 9/22). ... Former double Olympic champion REBECCA ADLINGTON has said that she “will concentrate on helping the next generation of swimmers rather than aiming to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.” Instead she hopes to be a mentor to younger swimmers in the run up to Brazil (London GUARDIAN, 9/23).
Yahoo!'s Venkat Ananth: "Guess what happened yesterday in the La Liga! Park Chu-Young became the first Korean to score in the La Liga. Scored for Celta vs Getafe."
The Telegraph's Paul Hayward: "Shinji Kagawa went off for United (Hernandez). Culture shock would be a fair description of Kagawa's experience today. But good signing."
Manchester Evening News' Mike Keegan: "Timing of Terry announcement cannot be a coincidence."
The New Paper's Iain Macintosh: "The FA have a 99.6% success rate in their hearings. I think John Terry just did the maths."
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