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Football coach HELENA COSTA "has decided not to take up the role of head coach" at Ligue 2 Clermont Foot next season, according to the BBC. Costa, 36, of Portugal, "had been the highest-profile female manager to be put in charge of a men's team in European football when she was appointed in May." Club President CLAUDE MICHY said she had "decided not to honour her commitments." Michy: "This decision was sudden and surprising." The reasons for Costa's decision "have not yet been made known." Costa's appointment "had been celebrated as a watershed moment for women in football" (BBC, 6/23).
Saudi Arabian football side Al Shabab announced former Al Jazira coach CAIO JUNIOR "as their new manager for next season." Shabab parted ways with MARCOS PAQUETA, "their coach for the last two seasons" (THE NATIONAL, 6/22). ... Germany's JOSEF FENDT has been re-elected for a fifth term as Int'l Luge Federation president. Fendt was unanimously elected to the head of the int'l Olympic federations at the 62nd FIL Congress in Austria. Secretary General SVEIN ROMSTAD and VP HARALD STEYRER were re-elected. EINARS FOGELIS was confirmed as VP technical matters and CLAIRE DELNEGRO as VP sport (FIL). ... Nike named Global Young Athletes VP & GM REENIE BENZIGER VP/Global Apparel (Nike). ... Point 3 Basketball has hired MIKKO SIMON as the brand's new VP of marketing. Simon brings more than 15 years of int'l sports and marketing experience to Point 3 and will be responsible for brand strategy, marketing operations and driving global consumer awareness (Point 3).
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Suspended Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. SRINIVASAN "is set to take over as the chairman" of the Int'l Cricket Council at this week’s annual conference in Melbourne. BCCI Secretary SANJAY PATEL confirmed that Srinivasan "was going to Melbourne." Patel: "There is no Supreme Court bar on him. Both of us are going to Melbourne." A top cricket official said a few days ago that Srinivasan’s ascension as chairman "was merely a formality." The official said, “It is a 15-minute process, that’s all” (THE HINDU, 6/22). ... Outgoing Serie A Parma President TOMMASO GHIRARDI "has insisted that he won't change his mind regarding the club's sale." The Crociati chief revealed last month that "following their expulsion from the Europa League he would put the Ennio Tardini outfit up for sale" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 6/23). ... Medical files purporting to relate to former F1 driver MICHAEL SCHUMACHER "are being offered for sale, his management team has warned." Manager SABINE KEHM said they were "clearly stolen" and warned criminal charges would be pressed if such "confidential files" were bought or published (BBC, 6/23).
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AP's STEVE WILSON: "Andy Murray on whether England World Cup exit affects pressure on him: `I'm yet to hear Wayne Rooney talk abut my matches at Wimbledon.'"
PA's MARTYN ZIEGLER: "Commentators on Brazilian ESPN saying the words 'Alan Shearer' several times and laughing."
AP's ROB HARRIS: "You're not allowed to put video online from inside Olympics or World Cup venues. Vines are included in that, which people might not realise"
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