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VICTOR MUÑOZ will replace PACO HERRERA as coach of Spanish second division side Real Zaragoza. Muñoz, who coached the club from '04-06, is "returning home after eight years" (MARCA, 3/18). ...A-League side Melbourne Heart announced the signing of JOHN VAN'T SCHIP as head coach. Van’t Schip, the club's inaugural head coach, re-joined as interim coach in January this year and has agreed to a new three-year contract through the end of the '16-17 season (Melbourne Heart). ... Former Australian Rugby Union CEO GARY FLOWERS is "stepping back into the rugby fray" as chairman of the North Harbour Rays to join the proposed National Rugby Competition. Flowers, who "created the defunct Australian Rugby Championship" in '07, will chair a board "to oversee one of the NRC's most impressive and unlikely alliances" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 3/19).
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British tennis player ANDY MURRAY and coach IVAN LENDL "have agreed to end their two-year partnership." Under Lendl, Murray won his first Grand Slam at the 2012 U.S. Open, Olympic Gold and last year's Wimbledon. Murray: "I'm eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work. We've learned a lot as a team and it will be of benefit in the future." Lendl said it was time to "concentrate on some of my own projects, including playing more events around the world" (BBC, 3/19). ... Drivers SAM BIRD, JARNO TRULLI, NICK HEIDFELD and JÉRÔME D'AMBROSIO have added their names to the Formula E Drivers' Club. Launched in January, the new scheme features a pool of top, int'l names that all officially endorse the new Formula E Championship and have expressed a willingness to race in the future (Formula E). ... Thailand tennis player PARADORN SRICHAPHAN has been named by the Int'l Tennis Federation "to represent the game" as an athlete role model at the second Youth Olympic Games to be held in the Chinese city of Nanjing from Aug. 16-28. The 34-year-old Srichaphan, "a household name in his home country" who retired in '10, won five singles titles "in an outstanding career" and was among the world’s top 30 during his peak playing days (PHNOM PENH POST, 3/19). ... U.S. and Bundesliga club Hannover defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO is expected to make his retirement official. Cherundolo "had been sidelined" for much of the '13-14 season following multiple knee surgeries (ESPN, 3/19).
F1 Racing magazine's STUART CODLING: "Back home after 27-hour door-to-door journey from Melbourne. Afternoon nap?"
NBC's WILL BUXTON: "Thank you all for reaffirming my faith in humanity. Seems pretty much all of you can appreciate the new Formula for what it represents!"
PA's MARTYN ZIEGLER: "Fifa investigator Garcia in Zurich this week to carry out the interviews - expected to include meeting with Sepp Blatter."
London Daily Mirror's JOHN CROSS: "Does switching coaches - through choice or not - keep you fresh and competitive? Hope so. Hope it's another big year for Andy Murray."
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