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National Rugby League COO JIM DOYLE "will quit his post" to take up the job of CEO at the New Zealand Warriors. Current Warriors CEO WAYNE SCURRAH "has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season." Doyle will remain COO of the NRL until the end of '14. Doyle, who was CEO of New Zealand Rugby League from '09-'12, "will have been working for the NRL for almost two years when he leaves" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/3). ... The Int'l Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation has re-elected IVO FERRIANI president for a second four-year term (FIBT). ... Australian apparel brand 2XU appointed SCOTT TAYLOR as its U.S. president. Taylor spent 15 years at Nike as national apparel sales manager and general merchandise manager in the U.S. He spent eight years at Under Armour as director of key accounts, director of apparel merchandising and director of global brand marketing (Woods & Co.)
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The National Rugby League "has refuted suggestions" that former Canberra winger SANDOR EARL "has had all charges of trafficking peptides dropped." The NRL said that Earl "was still facing multiple anti-doping breaches including allegations of using and trafficking several banned substances" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/3). ... VIRAT KOHLI won the "Cricketer of the Year" honors at the Ceat awards function on Monday. R. ASHWIN "received the ‘Indian Player of the Year' award from batting maestro" V.V.S. LAXMAN. A former India wicketkeeper and a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, SYED KIRMANI, "was given the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award" (THE HINDU, 6/3). ... Former ManU midfielder ROY KEANE has decided "not to travel to Brazil as a pundit for ITV in order to focus on his coaching ambitions." Keane's parting with the broadcaster is "understood to be amicable." ITV "have left the door open for Keane to return to the punditry sofa" (London GUARDIAN, 6/3). ... Retired cricketer SACHIN TENDULKAR said that he is "savouring the opportunity" to pair up with West Indies' BRIAN LARA at Lord’s for an exhibition match marking its 200th anniversary. Tendulkar said that he and Lara "played together" in '94 in Toronto in the Sky Dome. Tendulkar: “We played for the same team and we had a wonderful partnership. So I’m hoping for another one this time” (AFP, 6/3). ... DAVID BECKHAM "has hinted" he may resume his career by playing for the Major League Soccer club he is trying to launch in Miami. Beckham said, "There's never been a player-owner but maybe?" Beckham admitted he had "a tough time" after retiring as a player but has gone through "a stage of enjoying the rest" and is tempted to come out of retirement (BBC, 6/3).
CBS' DOUG GOTTLIEB: "Obviously Qatar is a joke, but why isn't anyone doing stories on Brazil's crime and inept Stadium building with World Cup and Olympics"
Reuters' TARIQ PANJA: "Fifa Congress a week away and the spinning has begun in earnest. Expect to hear a lot more from 'sources', 'friends' and 'people familiar'"
BT Sport's LYNSEY HIPGRAVE: "For a while I didn't know where to start with my World Cup packing. Now I don't know when to stop!"
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