Czech Extraliga hockey club Kladno "has confirmed that JAROMÍR JÁGR, of the Dallas Stars, and TOMÁŠ PLEKANEC, of the Montreal Canadiens, will join the team as soon as the paperwork is processed." They could make their first appearance in Wednesday's game against Slavia Prague. The Prague-based team is "ready to welcome forwards ROMAN ČERVENKA of the Calgary Flames and VLADIMÍR SOBOTKA of the St. Louis Blues, while ALEŠ HEMSKÝ of the Edmonton Oilers will join Pardubice" (RADIO PRAHA, 9/17). ... San Jose Sharks captain JOE THORNTON is "joining HC Davos of the Swiss League and will fly to Switzerland this week to play as early as this weekend." Davos also expects to add N.Y. Rangers forward RICK NASH. Both played for HC Davos during the '04-05 lockout, "helping the team to a league championship" (TSN.ca, 9/17). ... New York Islanders defenseman MARK STREIT "returns to his home country during the lockout and plays for Swiss club SC Bern" (BLICK.ch, 9/17). ... Detroit Red Wings forward DAMIEN BRUNNER and Montreal Canadiens defenseman RAPHAEL DIAZ "will join Swiss National League A club EV Zug" (BLICK.ch, 9/17). ... Montreal Canadiens defenseman YANNICK WEBER "will join NLA club Genf/Servette." The club is also "in talks with San Jose Sharks forward LOGAN COUTURE" (NZZ.ch, 9/18).
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ENNO MÜLLER has been appointed AFP Germany Managing Dir, with effect Oct. 1. Müller will be in charge of AFP GmbH and SID, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AFP. He will coordinate the activities of the subsidiaries with AFP's Berlin bureau, which covers German news for its global network (AFP). ... Adidas-owned Reebok has removed the position of global president, moving ULRICH BECKER to president of the brand's North American business. Becker will continue to report to adidas CEO HERBERT HAINER, along with adidas North America President PATRIK NILSSON (MRKETPLACE.com, 9/11). ... The German Football League (DFL) and the league's supervisory committee have agreed to extend the contract with CEO CHRISTIAN SEIFERT through June 30, 2017. In addition, HOLGER HIERONYMUS has asked for permission to step down from his post as Deputy CEO on Sept. 30, ahead of the original schedule, and the supervisory committee has acceded to his request (Bundesliga).
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India field hockey player SARDAR SINGH and Australia captain JAMIE DWYER were named as brand ambassadors of the inaugural Hockey India League. Hockey India also "unveiled the logo for the six-team franchise-based event" (PTI, 9/18). ... Daily Star Chief Sports Writer BRIAN WOOLNOUGH has died after a "long struggle against bowel cancer." The 63-year-old was also a "well-known face on TV," hosting Sky Sports' Sunday Supplement from '07 after previously being the presenter of Hold the Back Page from '94 (London INDEPENDENT, 9/18). ... The Int'l Cricket Council and Pakistan Cricket Board "have been left fuming" after banned cricketers SALMAN BUTT and MOHAMMAD AAMER made TV appearances on special ICC World Twenty20 shows. An ICC spokesperson said, "We can't interfere or tell any media organization what to do. But certainly they need to look at these things themselves, as these players are certainly not role models for the younger generation" (PTI, 9/18).
Newly hired BT anchor for Premier League football Jake Humphrey: "Thanks SO much for your kind, supportive and understanding tweets. Right, must focus, time to pack for Singapore... #StillARubbishPacker"
BBC presenter Gary Lineker: "See @mrjakehumphrey you're leaving the BBC for a job at BT vision. Wish you well mate. If I DM you will you come and sort my Broadband out?"
Bloomberg's Tariq Panja: "Kagawa clearly a decent player but his power to pull sponsors is clear. Of the 8 new deals since July 1, four are with Japanese companies."
The Independent's Sam Wallace: "Farewell Brian Woolnough. Reported on every England manager from Ramsey to Roy. I learned a lot from him. He always asked the hard question"
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