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Former ManU player GARY NEVILLE "has clashed with his old club over plans to build a hotel with a rooftop pitch," according to William Cook of the London DAILY MAIL. The England assistant coach already "has planning permission for a 139-bed hotel and supporters' club in the shadow of Old Trafford, but has now submitted amendments, which include the 16m by 12m artificial area." The Trafford planning committee will meet "to consider the plans for the rooftop area, which would have a retractable canopy, bar and TVs and raise the height of the 10-storey building 1.9m higher than previous drawings." ManU has already "objected to Neville's development, on the grounds that it would obstruct views" of its stadium’s east stand. In a report to the council, the club said: "The tall landmark building would obstruct key views toward the stadium’s east stand" (DAILY MAIL, 11/7).
Tour de France winner and Olympic Gold Medalist BRADLEY WIGGINS "is recovering in hospital after a collision with a car" Wednesday, according to the LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH. The 32-year-old Wiggins "was thrown off his bike when a white Vauxhaul Astra is thought to have pulled out of a petrol station and collided with him." A police source said that "his injuries from the crash were thought to be very serious at first, but later it appeared he suffered a number of broken ribs and cuts and bruises" (LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH, 11/7).
Former Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain coach GUY LACOMBE "signed an eight-month contract" to become the new manager of UAE Pro-League club Al Wasl, "replacing his cancer-striken compatriot BRUNO METSU, who resigned last month." Metsu's assistant GILLE MORISSEAU, "who stood in as interim coach for the club's last four matches during Metsu's absence, will now assist the new manager" (GULF NEWS, 11/7). ... Coca-Cola has rewarded Olympics Marketing Dir JAMES EADIE with a top-level role within its European marketing operations. Eadie, "who is considered by execs at the company's Atlanta headquarters to be a 'star' marketer," has been appointed as Coca-Cola's integrated marketing communications director for North West Europe and Nordics. He will report to NWEN Marketing Dir NICK ROBINSON (MARKETINGMAGAZINE.co.uk, 11/6). ... Caterham F1 Team Principal TONY FERNANDES will step down from his position. The EPL QPR chair intends to spend more time on Caterham’s road car business (London DAILY MAIL, 11/6). ... Swiss National League A club SCL Tigers "appointed former German national hockey team head coach JAKOB KÖLLIKER as its new sporting director." The 59-year-old Swiss native coached the SCL Tigers between '93-99 and was the club's sporting director during the '99-00 season (SCL Tigers). ... German TV channel Sport1 Program Dir and Editor in Chief ALEXANDER RÖSNER "has resigned from his positions with immediate effect." Rösner, "who resigned at his own request, will be replaced by the channel's football Dir OLAF SCHRÖDER. (QUOTENMETER.de, 11/7).
MANAGERS: Western Australia and Perth Scorchers cricket teams coach LACHLAN STEVENS has resigned admitting the season's start has been "extremely challenging." The Western Australian Cricket Association said that Stevens recently advised them that "he would not seek reappointment" at the end of the season, but has since decided he should go now (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/7). In Perth, Ben Papalia reported that Australia's assistant coach and batting coach JUSTIN LANGER will replace Stevens. The WACA is also looking to hire WA "great" ADAM GILCHRIST as Langer's assistant (PERTH NOW, 11/7). ... Football coach KIM PAN-GON "has been given six months to prove his worth" after taking charge of the Hong Kong national team for the second time in three years. The South Korean was given the job by the Hong Kong FA after Australian ERNIE MERRICK "controversially parted ways with the team" following a defeat to Malaysia in an int'l friendly last month (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 11/7). ... The Waikato Rugby Union has reappointed CHRIS GIBBES as head coach of the Waikato ITM Cup team for a further two years (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 11/7). ... Championship club Blackpool FC has named MICHAEL APPLETON as its new manager "after reaching and agreement for his release" from League One side Portsmouth. Appleton "moves to Bloomfield Road as successor to IAN HOLLOWAY," who joined Championship side Crystal Palace last weekend (PA, 11,7).
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Former F1 and German Touring Car (DTM) driver DAVID COULTHARD "will take part in the Race of Champions 2012 in Bangkok." At the RoC he will compete against seven-time world champion MICHAEL SCHUMACHER (SPEED-MAGAZINE.de, 11/7). ... German national basketball team player TIM OHLBRECHT, who was selected 14th overall by the Springfield Armor in the 2012 NBA Development League Draft, "has been traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the farm team of the NBA Houston Rockets" (SID, 11/6). ... Championship side Bristol City Manager DEREK MCINNES "helped out 17 stranded fans" who had their tires slashed after Tuesday's game at Birmingham by giving them £300 ($480) in cash. The Scotsman and his players chipped in to help supporters fix their minibus, which was vandalized outside St. Andrews following City's 2-0 loss (BBC.com, 11/7).
MAKING A HOUSE CALL: UEFA's House of European Football has welcomed the new Football Federation of Ukraine President ANATOLIY KONKOV, who was visiting UEFA's headquarters for talks with senior UEFA management. Discussions with UEFA President MICHEL PLATINI and UEFA officials centered on UEFA's assistance to Ukraine, and the further development of the country's football in the wake of the successful UEFA Euro 2012, co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland this summer (UEFA). .. Brit BEN AINSLIE and Chinese LIJIA XU "were named the male and female winners of the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards." It is the fourth time that Ainslie "has been named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year." Lijia Xu, Laser Radial Gold Medalist at the London Games, became "only the second Asian athlete to be crowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year" (YACHTINGWORLD.com, 11/7). ... England Rugby 2015 Ambassador MAGGIE ALPHONSI, one of the stars of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010, was a guest at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to collect an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from QUEEN ELIZABETH (Rugby World Cup). ... The IOC announced that it has disqualified Uzbek wrestler SOSLAN TIGIEV from the men’s 74kg freestyle wrestling event during the Games of the 30th Olympiad in London, where he placed third. Tigiev tested positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine. Third place will be reallocated to GABOR HATOS of Hungary (IOC).
Guardian's DAVID CONN: "I did think there was too much coverage here of the US election, but today, with this result and president, it does feel like a better world"
Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "A slightly less hotly contested election: Lord Coe is elected unopposed as chairman of the British Olympic Association."
Former footballer CHRIS WADDLE: "Watching futsal on tv why don't we play it more ideal for kids heavier ball improves technique just what we need ?"
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