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Australian Football League side Essendon's supplements crisis "has claimed its biggest scalp so far," with Essendon CEO IAN ROBSON resigning, according to Brodie & Niall of THE AGE. Robson said that "he had offered to resign as soon as the extent of the club's supplements crisis was revealed in February." His said that "his resignation has now been accepted and he would leave the club immediately." In "a lengthy statement," Robson said that "if there was a line in the sand on the issue of drugs in sport, he wanted to be on the side of 'health and safety for players' and the fairness of the game." Robson: "I did not know (about the club's suplements crisis), but I should have known" (THE AGE, 5/23). In Sydney, Walsh & Denham reported Robson has "refused to endorse" JAMES HIRD as Essendon's coach." Robson "declined the opportunity to give Hird his backing amid the certainty others with knowledge of the scandal will be sacked in coming months." Robson said, "Given I'm now the former CEO, that question probably should go to the chairman" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/24).
England's longest-serving football manager is retiring aged 71, and he is not ALEX FERGUSON. JIMMY DAVIES "will step aside from his post" at amateur club Waterloo Dock after a 50-year stint that makes the former ManU boss's 26 years "look short" (REUTERS, 5/23). ... PRINCE WILLIAM will represent the FA at the XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress in London Friday (FA). ... Bulgarian A side Litex Lovech coach HRISTO STOICHKOV was fined 7,000 levs ($4,500) on Thursday for "threatening to beat up" Bulgarian Football Union president BORISLAV MIHAYLOV after his team's 2-1 home loss to Lokomotiv Sofia (EUROSPORT, 5/23). ... Indian basketball coach DR. S. SUBRAMANIAN died in Patiala, India early Wednesday after "being hospitalised for about two weeks following heart ailment" (THE HINDU, 5/22). ... Pakistani cricket umpire ASAD RAUF "has been stood down from next month's ICC Champions Trophy in England after he was investigated by police in Mumbai." The Pakistani was "one of the umpires in the controversial match" that saw Rajasthan Royals players S. SREESANTH, AJIT CHANDILA and ANKEET CHAVAN "arrested for alleged spot-fixing" (TELEGRAPH, 5/22). ... GLORIA VISERAS is "not the only gymnast that claims to have suffered sexual abuse as a minor at the hands of former Spanish national gymnastics coach JESÚS CARBALLO." Another woman, a 41-year-old who wished to remain anonymous, said that she "was also abused by Carballo, beginning when she was 12" (EL PAIS, 5/22). ... Argentinian NBA N.Y. Knicks guard PABLO PRIGIONI wants to remain in the NBA next season and has "denied rumors of a possible return to Spain for family reasons" (MARCA, 5/23).
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Tennis coach JOHN TOMIC "has been banned from Roland Garros" as his son, BERNARD, prepares to contest next week's French Open. Although Team Tomic "has employed a new hitting partner" to replace the wounded THOMAS DROUET, there is not, as yet, "any suggestion of a coaching change" (THE AGE, 5/22). ... British Paralympian DAVID WEIR "has refused to sign a contract with UK Athletics" after he accused the governing body of lacking ''respect'' toward his long-term coach JENNY ARCHER. Weir is angry that Archer "was overlooked for the position" of heading Britain’s wheelchair racing program, which was offered instead to Australian JENNI BANKS (TELEGRAPH, 5/23). ... Veteran ABC broadcaster DAVID MORROW "has been spared the sack," but will need to complete training and cultural awareness programs before returning to the airwaves. Morrow was "suspended following comments he made before the match between St. George Illawarra and Manly on May 6" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 5/24).
Golfweek's ALISTAIR TAIT: "Sunshine just broke out at Wentworth. @WestwoodLee must think he's back home in Florida. #EuropeanTourGolf #BMWPGAChampionship"
London Evening Standard's MIHIR BOSE: "The Germans certainly have lessons for English football at this current time, how to adapt & prosper before making the necessary changes"
London Independent's JAMES CORRIGAN: "I remember when being a golf writer involved writing about golf"
ManU's RIO FERDINAND: "Sooooo happy to sign a 1yr extension for this great club, living the dream. Roll on next season #mufc"
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