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Tennis Australia "is taking steps to find a new full-time coach" for BERNARD TOMIC after allegations that he was bashed by his father, JOHN, according to Margie McDonald of THE AUSTRALIAN. Tomic's training partner THOMAS DROUET told French sports newspaper L'Equipe that he had "allegedly seen John Tomic physically assault his son." Drouet: "I witnessed it. A club coach was also there and saw everything." Tennis Australia's Pro Tennis Head TODD WOOLBRIDGE said that the necessary steps "were already in motion to provide support for Tomic" as he prepares for the French Open, which begins on May 26. Australian Davis Cup captain PAT RAFTER and Woodbridge "will speak to Bernard in Paris." Woolbridge: "John is his coach, but will obviously be out of the picture now -- we don't know for how long -- so helping Bernard is our priority" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/8).
TOMIC'S DENIAL: In Sydney, Charles Miranda reported Drouet "returned home to France" demanding that the ATP ban John Tomic from the world circuit. John Tomic denied doing anything wrong. He said that "he did not feel guilty for anything." Drouet: "I have been told my muscles in my neck are locked from this (headbutt) like whiplash form the shock." Tomic's lawyers formally requested a full "forensic" report into Drouet's injuries ahead of a hearing next week (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 5/8).
Real Madrid coach JOSE MOURINHO "appeared to flip speculation that he is destined for Chelsea on its head today by telling reporters that he had 'considered staying on' at Real Madrid," according to Simon Rice of the London INDEPENDENT. It has "appeared for some time that Mourinho will leave the Bernabeu this summer." Mourinho had previously done little "to play down talk of a move to Chelsea," which will be managerless come the end of its current campaign. In a press conference ahead of Wednesday's La Liga clash with Malaga, Mourinho was again coy on his future. Mourinho said, "I have considered staying on." Reports in Spain "had accused Mourinho of involving himself in public spats with key players in a bid to force the board to sack him and hand him a pay-off." However, he denied those claims. Mourinho: "I will only earn money until the last day I work here. I don't want a single euro more" (INDEPENDENT, 5/7).
ZIDANE COULD HELP ANCELOTTI: FOOTBALL ESPAÑA reported Real Madrid President FLORENTINO PEREZ has chosen ZINEDINE ZIDANE to become an assistant to current Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain and possible future Real Madrid coach CARLO ANCELOTTI. Ancelotti is "increasingly being linked with a move to the Madrid bench at the end of the season, just as Mourinho is expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu" (FOOTBALL ESPAÑA, 5/7).
BENITEZ UNCERTAIN OF CHELSEA FUTURE: EFE reported Chelsea coach RAFE BENITEZ "has assured that 'all the world knows who will coach' Chelsea next season," referencing the rumors regarding Mourinho. Benítez: "You all know that next year there will be another coach, and I believe all the world knows who is going to be here. It's not my issue what happens here next year, I'm only concentrating on doing my job" (EFE, 5/7).
Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain Athletic Dir LEONARDO could be suspended for up to one year "for pushing a referee of the game his team played Sunday against Valenciennes," according to the EFE. The Brazilian coach's case was analyzed Tuesday by the French Football Federation's Discipline Commission, which according to regulations could also take two points from Paris St. Germain. PSG players were frustrated by the ejection of THIAGO SILVA, and so was Leonardo. After the game, Leonardo confronted the referee near the locker room and, "according to images recorded by Canal+, gave the impression that he pushed the official." Leonardo denied that he was the aggressor. Leonardo: "I'm the one who was attacked" (EFE, 5/7).
OFFICIAL PUSHES COACH, APOLOGIZES: CLARIN reported referee JUAN PABLO POMPEI, who officiated the Argentinian First Division match between Arsenal and Newell's, apologized for pushing Newell's coach GERARDO MARTINO. Pompei: "I simply made a mistake. A gentleman takes responsibility for an error and I was out of place. If I have to ask for forgiveness publicly, I do it" (CLARIN, 5/7).
The FC Bayern Munich AG supervisory board has extended the contract with Chair KARL-HEINZ RUMMENIGGE for three years from Jan. 1, 2014 to Dec. 30, 2016. The contract with Marketing Dir ANDREAS JUNG, set to expire on June 30, 2014, was also extended by two years until June 30, 2016. The supervisory board also expanded the current four-member exec board by one additional position. The new five-member FC Bayern Munich AG exec board includes: Rummenigge; Jung; board member for sport MATTHIAS SAMMER; Finance Dir JAN-CHRISTIAN DREESEN and new board member for internationalization and strategy JÖRG WACKER (Bayern Munich). ... BBC Dir of Sport ROGER MOSEY has been appointed the corporation's editorial director. Mosey, who was behind the BBC's Olympic coverage, "will report directly" to new Dir General TONY HALL "in the newly created role." His appointment to a "troubleshooter" role across news, TV and radio comes after a series of scandals that have beset the corporation (GUARDIAN, 5/7). ... Two Scotsmen, CHARLES ALLEN and CRAIG REEDIE, "will act as exec counsel to the organizing committee" of the 2014 Commonwealth Games led by LORD OF KELVIN ROBERT SMITH. Allen acted as a non-exec director of the 2012 London Olympic Committee and was chair of the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. Reedie is an IOC VP (BBC, 5/7). ... OUK SETHYCHEAT has replaced LAK SAM ART as Cambodia's Education, Youth, and Sport Minister, with the outgoing official taking early retirement. Sethycheat "was promoted from his postion of president of the national training centre," with his VP PON SOK "also moving up to the role of deputy minister" (PHNOM PENH POST, 5/7).
COACHES/MANAGERS: League Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers have sacked Manager DEAN SAUNDERS "after their relegation from the league" (EUROSPORT, 5/7). ... League Championship Millwall Manager KENNY JACKETT has resigned from his position "after almost six years in charge." He was the sixth longest serving manager in the Football League behind ManU's ALEX FERGUSON, Arsenal's ARSENE WENGER, Everton's DAVID MOYES, Stoke City's TONY PULIS and Exeter's PAUL TISDALE. The club's board of directors decided to accept Jackett's resignation "with reluctance" (PA, 5/7).
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U.S. rapper JAY-Z's entertainment company Roc Nation is creating a sports department with the goal of "transforming players into true stars with worldwide impact and visibility," according to Germán Cardoso of ES. Brazilian footballer NEYMAR is one of the company's priorities to be signed (ES, 5/7). ... U.S. golfer FRED COUPLES, "one of the most laid-back figures in the game, was overcome by emotion after being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame" as part of the class of '13 on Monday. Couples was inducted along with eight-time European Tour order of merit winner COLIN MONTGOMERIE, former U.S. Open champion and TV broadcaster KEN VENTURI, former European Tour Exec Dir KEN SCHOFIELD and twice former British Open winner WILLIE PARK JR. (REUTERS, 5/7). ... Former Pakistani cricketer turned reformist politician IMRAN KHAN was injured in a fall at an election rally on Tuesday night. Khan, founder and leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, "suffered head injuries when he fell from a stage with his bodyguards shortly before addressing a crowd of supporters in Lahore." He was carried away, "dazed and bleeding," by his aides. Khan's ex-wife Jemima Khan "tweeted that he was conscious and in hospital" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 5/7). ... Gymnastics Gold Medalist KOHEI UCHIMURA "was named the Japanese Olympic Committee's most outstanding athlete" of '12. Uchimura "won the honor for the second straight year" (KYODO, 5/7).
FOOTBALL NAMES: FIFA Exec Committee member CHUCK BLAZER has been suspended from football for 90 days after claims his conduct was "fraudulent." The former CONCACAF general secretary "has been given a provisional ban pending full disciplinary proceedings" (BBC, 5/6). ... Ligue 1 Marseille midfielder JOEY BARTON "was given a two-game ban" for calling Paris St. Germain defender THIAGO SILVA an "overweight ladyboy" on Twitter, and the French Football Federation suspended the penalty. The FFF said that the penalty "would have to be served only if Barton uses offensive language again on Twitter" (AP, 5/6). ... Former Argentina striker DIEGO MARADONA looks set to continue as Dubai's sports ambassador as Dubai Sports Council secretary general DR. AHMED AL SHARIF believes there is "nothing to prevent" them from continuing the partnership. Al Sharif believes that Maradona "has made valuable contributions in his role since and expects to see the Argentine continue." Al Sharif, "We have enjoyed working with Maradona, just as he has enjoyed working with us" (THE NATIONAL, 5/7).
NOTABLE DEATH: Honorary AS President VICENTE MONTIEL died Tuesday. Montiel was elected President of the Association of Editors of Spanish Dailys (AEDE) in '92 and followed the work of his father, LUIS MONTIEL BALANZAT, who founded AS in 1967 (AS, 5/7).
BBC Sport's RICHARD CONWAY: "So to sum up: Fifa want racism observers, 2 strikes and you're out (fines followed by relegation, pts deductions), harmony across football."
SI's GRANT WAHL: "Not a fan of saying a player is "out for the season" when there's less than a month left to play. Makes the injury seem worse than it is."
Tennis analyst BRAD GILBERT: "what and effort from Showtime Dimitrov to pull the win of him of his life over Djoker"
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