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SHELLEY KERR is to take charge of fifth-tier Lowland League club Stirling University, making her the first female manager in Scottish senior football," according to the BBC. The 44-year-old "quit her position at Arsenal Ladies in June, having won three trophies in a 16-month reign." Kerr: "I think the management of players is different. I think women can sometimes be a little bit more difficult than men. But I see myself as a football coach, nothing to do with male or female" (BBC, 8/19). In Glasgow, Gary Ralston reported Kerr "met her players at the Lowland League club for the first time" on Tuesday and "will take charge this weekend at home to Dalbeattie Star." She said, "Stirling University is a forward-thinking educational establishment and I’d like to think this appointment has nothing to do with gender and all to do with capability" (DAILY RECORD, 8/20). Sterling University Sports Performance Manager RALEIGH GOWRIE said, "Not only is Shelley a well-qualified and successful coach, she holds a strong vision of club development and a willingness to enhance the sporting experience for our students." Alongside her lead role in men's football, Shelley "is interested in the development of women's football at Stirling" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 8/19).
A sexual harassment scandal "was gripping Japan's skating world on Wednesday after pictures emerged" of show skater-turned-politician SEIKO HASHIMOTO "hugging and kissing" the now 28-year-old DAISUKE TAKAHASHI, according to CHANNEL NEWS ASIA. Hashimoto, a married mother of three and a former Olympic speed skater and cyclist, "was Japan's chef de mission in Sochi." Japan weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun "broke the story, describing the encounter between Takahashi and Hashimoto as 'an unprecedented sexual harassment incident.'" The magazine "quoted one participant at the post-Games party as saying Hashimoto had suddenly -- and very insistently -- pounced on her younger charge" (CHANNEL NEWS ASIA, 8/20). KYODO reported Hashimoto "denied sexually harassing" Takahashi (KYODO, 8/20).
Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund has appointed SURESH LETCHMANAN as the head of its new Singapore office. The club will open its first representative office outside Germany on Oct. 15 in Singapore. Letchmanan has 10 years’ experience in the Asian sport sector and speaks four languages fluently. He will work in the offices of Borussia Dortmund’s main sponsor Evonik, close to the offices of the German Football League (DFL) (Borussia Dortmund). ... Former National Rugby League club Melbourne Storm CEO/MD RON GAUCI will serve as the new chairman of Australian Baseball Leauge side Melbourne Aces. Gauci has served as a board member for the Aces for the past two years. He oversaw the restoration of the Melbourne Storm after it was embroiled in a salary cap scandal. Gauci takes over as chairman from ANDREW BAXTER, the current Australian CEO of communications company Publicis Worldwide. Baxter will stay on with the ABL as one of the first members of the league's new National Advisory Board (ABL). ... JON FRANKLIN has been appointed CEO of Glory Sports Int'l, which is the parent company of the Glory kickboxing organization. He will oversee the company’s global operation, which includes live events in major int'l cities and TV broadcasts in more than 170 territories around the world. Franklin takes over as CEO from ANDREW WHITAKER, a former VP with the WWE. Whitaker moves to an advisory role as a consultant for business development (Glory Sports Int'l).
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Bayern Munich striker THOMAS MÜLLER "has claimed he turned down an 'astronomical' offer" from ManU this summer. The 24-year-old "eventually committed his future to Bayern, penning a new five-year deal at the club he joined at the age of 10." Müller: "Of course. I was aware that I could earn more by making that transfer. The amount that foreign clubs were offering me was astronomical. But Bayern are my club, a change was not an issue for me" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 8/20) ... Canadian Football League Commissioner MARK COHON said that he "will not seek a third term" after his contract expires next spring. League Chair JIM LAWSON said that the CFL BOG "will discuss the next steps toward finding a replacement for Cohon soon." Cohon has spent eight years in the position, during which time he presided over the addition of the Ottawa Redblacks expansion franchise, "helped negotiate a lucrative broadcast deal with TSN and RDS" and was "involved in labour talks this year" that led to a new CBA with the CFLPA through '18 (CP, 8/20). ... POPE FRANCIS, who is an avid football fan, "called greetings in Spanish to his favourite team visiting the Vatican from Argentina during Wednesday's general papal audience." Francis said the San Lorenzo de Almagro football squad from Buenos Aires, which recently won the Copa Libertadores, was "part of my cultural identity" (ANSA, 8/20). ... South Korean boy band JYJ "will sing the 2014 Incheon Asian Games' official song in the sports event's opening ceremony next month" (YONHAP, 8/20). ... Feeling “insulted” after his name was not added to this year’s list of Arjuna awardees, boxer MANOJ KUMAR on Wednesday said that "he would sue the Sports Ministry for the 'injustice' meted out to him" (PTI, 8/20). ... The West Indies parted ways with cricket coach OTTIS GIBSON on Tuesday, "just a day ahead of a home one-day series against Bangladesh." The West Indies Cricket Board said the two sides "mutually agreed to terminate their association," with Team Manager RICHIE RICHARDSON stepping in as interim coach (AFP, 8/20). ... Team New Zealand has "suffered a blow" with sailing coach ROD DAVIS "joining Artemis Racing ahead of the next America's Cup." Davis "will undertake his ninth campaign for the Auld Mug with the Swedish outfit." Artemis also announced that Swedish Olympic Gold Medalists FREDDY LOOF and MAX SALMINEN "have joined the sailing crew" (TVNZ, 8/20).
Eurosport's TOM ADAMS: "Already speculation Barcelona will quickly sign Reus and Koke and loan them back for this season. When a transfer ban isn't a transfer ban."
The AP's GRAHAM DUNBAR: "Last week, FIFA WCup technical report praises Switzerland's Benaglio among 'new generation of (skillful) goalkeepers'. This week, he retires"
Sydney Morning Herald's DOMINIC BOSSI: "Lippi exploded in the post match press conference. The translator watered some it down, for those who got the original - extraordinary."
New York Times' SAM BORDEN: "Anyway, maybe that's just me being a buzzkill. The purity of pro sports is long gone; I kind of like hanging on to the purity of kids' sport"
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