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Tennis coach IVAN LENDL opened up about splitting with ANDY MURRAY, "citing extra family commitments and the difficulty of matching the emotional high of the Briton's grand slam breakthroughs as factors in his decision," according to Ian Ransom of REUTERS. Beyond "a terse statement" in which he talked of working on some of his "own projects" and playing on the champions tour, Lendl had steadfastly declined to elaborate on the break-up. Just before the U.S. Open, however, where Murray will bid for his third grand slam title under the guidance of Frenchwoman AMELIE MAURESMO, Lendl revealed that "changes in his personal life had cut the time available to spend with his former client." Lendl said, "It was lots of little things combined. Like playing more on the vets tour, and one of my daughters returned home. The youngest one is 16 and she had been away at horse riding school and but now she has come back to live with us. My mum is now 79 and lives in Prague, I need to go more to the Czech Republic than I used to." Asked whether the difficulty of matching the "exhilaration of the period" had played a part in his decision, Lendl said, "Yeah, and that too. Everyone is different, and when you win a big tournament like Wimbledon, it's not easy sometimes. Some people find it more difficult than others, and I'm glad Andy found Amelie (Mauresmo) who can give him the time he needs" (REUTERS, 8/25).
Handball Bundesliga (HBL) side Rhein-Neckar Löwen Manging Dir THORSTEN STORM has reached a mutual agreement with the club's board of directors to terminate his contract, which was set to run until June 30, at the end of August. Storm, who has been with the club since '07, signed a contract with league rival THW Kiel. Storm will be replaced by board member LARS LAMADE, who will take over his new position on Sept. 1 (Rhein-Neckar Löwen). ... Handball Liga Austria has appointed former Telekom Austria CEO BORIS NEMSIC as its new president (KURIER, 8/25). ... PGA Tour VP & Exec Dir of The Presidents Cup MATT KAMIENSKI relocated to Incheon, South Korea to lead the organizational efforts of The Presidents Cup 2015, which will be played in Asia for the first time in its history in Oct. '15. Kamienski served as exec director of the '11 event in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and the '13 event in Dublin/Columbus, Ohio (PGA Tour).
FROM THE SIDELINES: The coaches of Brasileiro clubs Coritiba and Atletico Paranaense "fell foul of Brazil's managerial merry-go-round." Coritiba's CELSO ROTH "was replaced by MARQUINHOS SANTOS." Atletico Paranaense "parted ways" with coach DORIVA on Sunday. The former Middlesbrough player "won just three times in eight matches" (REUTERS, 8/25). ... Liga MX side Puebla announced that RUBÉN OMAR ROMANO "will not coach the club for the rest of the season." Puebla said that it will "announce his replacement this week, but did not say whether it will have an interim coach" (LA AFICION, 8/24).
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SHEIKH HASSAN BIN JABOR AL-THANI and British throttleman STEVE CURTIS "obliterated the existing speed record of 224mph" with a speed of 244mph in their second run at the 26th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in central Missouri on Saturday (GULF TIMES, 8/24). ... New Zealand rugby player SONNY BILL WILLIAMS "has been granted a special exemption to be picked for the All Blacks' end of year tour." New Zealand Rugby Union CEO STEVE TEW "confirmed on Monday Williams would not need to play in the National Provincial Championship following his commitments with the Sydney Roosters" in the National Rugby League (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/25). ... Germany's JENS VOIGT insisted that "the time was right for him to retire from cycling after making a final breakaway attempt in his last professional race." The 42-year-old "finished his 17-year career at the USA Pro Challenge race, which ended on Sunday in Denver" (BBC, 8/25). ... World record holder and six-time Olympic champion USAIN BOLT "decided to end" his '14 season and will not compete in the 100m in Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League Final in Zurich. The decision, which Bolt’s Manager RICKY SIMMS confirmed, "came a day after the Jamaican sprinter ran the fastest indoor 100m ever, clocking 9.98 seconds in Warsaw." The Jamaican "had delayed the start of his season to recover from minor foot surgery and a hamstring injury" (REUTERS, 8/24).
NOTABLE DEATHS: Indian veteran sports journalist A.T.P. SARATHY "passed away at a suburban hospital in Mumbai." Suffering from malaria, Sarathy "had celebrated his 93rd birthday in the ICU and passed away the next day." Former Indian cricket captain SUNIL GAVASKAR "led the tributes for Sarathy." Gavaskar: "He was a top writer and a good, old-fashioned journalist. You don’t find too many journalists like him anymore" (ASIAN AGE, 8/25). ... Chelsea paid tribute to club Life President RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH, "who died on Sunday at the age of 90." The Oscar-winning film director and Chelsea fan served on the club's board at Stamford Bridge from '69-'82. The team will "wear black armbands as a tribute" to Attenborough in its next game, at Everton on Saturday. A club statement said, "His personality was woven into the tapestry of the club over seven decades. He was a consistent force for good at the club, even in dark times" (BBC, 8/25).
TV presenter GARY LINEKER: "Love that Balotelli wears the number 45 shirt because 4+5 = 9. And you lot thought footballers were thick. "
Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "Flew back from Luxembourg to a London more soaking than Spa. Flight had more of a WRC crowd on it than F1."
Bloomberg's TARIQ PANJA: "About 4 hrs before announcing Balotelli signing Liverpool appear to have started Italian language Twitter feed @ItalyLFC - #MarketingMario"
Reuters' BRIAN HOMEWOOD: "Weird.....some reports claim Antonio Di Natale scored four goals v Ternara, others say it was five."
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