Former NBAer GILBERT ARENAS "is nearing an agreement on a one-yer contract" with the Chinese Basketball Association team Guangdong Southern Tigers, according to Marc J. Spears of YAHOO! SPORTS. Arenas "hoped to return to the NBA this season," while working out in his hometown of L.A., but no teams showed interest. The contract will place Arenas with former NBA player YI JIANLIAN (YAHOO! SPORTS, 10/22). ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Arenas "is on his way to join" former NBA player TRACY MCGRADY. Sources said that Arenas "also had negotiations" with the YAO MING-owned Shanghai Sharks before agreeing to sign with Guangdong (ESPN.com, 10/23). NIUBBALL.com wrote Guangdong GM LIU HONGJIANG "moved to cool down American reports." He said that a deal has not "been formally reached," and there are logistics that "still need to be worked out" with Arenas and his representatives. Liu said that "a final decision likely won't be reached until the league's preseason" (NIUBBALL.com, 10/24).
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Britain's Olympic and Paralympic medalists "capped a summer of sporting success as guests at a Buckingham Palace reception on Tuesday night," according to Caroline Davies of the London GUARDIAN. About "225 athletes attended -- and, for some, the event presented unexpected challenges." Swimmer REBECCA ADLINGTON said, "I swear walking across that gravel should actually be an Olympic event." Boxer NICOLA ADAMS, "whose nifty footwork helped power her to a historic Gold, had been in training for the reception" hosted by QUEEN ELIZABETH: "It was excellent. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. But I got my curtsey right, so that was OK. I'd been practising." The DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE "who, as an official ambassador for Team GB and ParalympicsGB, was a regular spectator at British triumphs at London 2012," and was among the royals attending." Cyclist SARAH STOREY, who became the U.K.'s most-decorated female Paralympian this summer said, "She said she had seen my first race in the velodrome." In the palace's 18th Century Room, the Queen and DUKE OF EDINBURGH met U.K. Prime Minister DAVID CAMERON, former LOCOG Chair SEBASTIAN COE and other senior figures who made the Games possible." Cameron said: "It was an amazing summer, and I think people will cherish those memories, you know, almost more then the 1966 World Cup (GUARDIAN, 10/23).
Nissan "appointed DARREN COX as its director for global motorsports." Cox will start his position on Nov. 1. In addition, Nissan "appointed JERRY HARDCASTLE with immediate effect as its technical director for its worldwide motorsports programs." Both, Cox and Hardcastle, will report to Nissan Motorsports Int'l President SHOICHI MIYATANI and Nissan VP/Global Marketing ROEL DE-VRIES (MOTORSPORT MAGAZIN, 10/23).
MANAGERS: The Senegal Football Federation (FSF) has fired Coach JOSEPH KOTO after the team's failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. The decision follows a Tuesday board meeting to "discuss the rioting that caused the abandonment of their final round," second leg qualifier against the Ivory Coast this month (REUTERS, 10/24). ... Former Belgium coach FRANK VERCAUTEREN is taking charge at Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon. The 55-year-old Belgian will start work on Tuesday with a contract through the end of the season (AP, 10/24). ... League Championship club Ipswich Town is looking for a new manager "after confirming PAUL JEWELL has left the club by mutual consent." Ipswich Owner MARCUS EVANS and Jewell agreed on a deal for the 48-year-old to leave the club. CHRIS HUTCHINGS will take over as interim manager (London GUARDIAN, 10/24). ... National Rugby League club Wests Tigers has revealed MICK POTTER as its new coach on a two-year deal. Potter replaces TIM SHEENS (AAP, 10/24). ... Englishman RICHARD PYBUS has quit as coach of Bangladesh's cricket team "over contract differences just five months into the job." The Bangladesh Cricket Board has appointed SHANE JURGENSEN as the interim coach (AFP, 10/24).
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England football center St. George's Park Chair DAVID SHEEPSHANKS is set to join London-based law firm Onside Law in a non-executive advisory role. The firm specializes in the sport, fashion and entertainment industries (Onside Law). ... Former Asian Football Confederation President MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM has had his temporary suspension extended by 45 days by FIFA's ethics committee (AFP, 10/23). ... Former France midfielder EMMANUEL PETIT wants to become the president of the French Football Federation in '16. The 42-year-old wants to "increase the role of sport in French society, stop int'l players from getting paid bonuses, develop the amateur game and help women have a bigger role in football" (AP, 10/24). Golfer ERNIE ELS has signed with management company IMG (IMG). ... West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable NORMAN BETTISON has quit his position with immediate effect "after weeks of pressure over his part in police propaganda" after the '89 Hillsborough disaster (LONDON TIMES, 10/24).
AUSSIES' MAN: Five-time Olympic Gold Medalist IAN THORPE will join a panel for the Doha GOALS Forum Dec. 10-12 to discuss what federations and organizations are doing to protect athletes (Doha GOALS Forum). The CHINA DAILY reported Thorpe "will release his autobiography" on Wednesday. The book is titled "This is Me," written in conjunction with author ROBERT WAINWRIGHT and published by Simon & Schuster. It will disclose information "unknown about his life in and out of the pool" (CHINA DAILY, 10/24). The CHINA DAILY added that Thorpe on Monday "shared his experiences in keeping fit and healthy through nutrition," as the brand ambassador for natural health supplement Blackmores (CHINA DAILY, 10/24).
KOREAN MANAGEMENT: South Korean figure skater KIM YU-NA "will be reunited with two of her former coaches" in her attempt to return to competitive skating following more than a year away from the rink. Kim's agency All That Sport said that SHIN HYE-SOOK and RYU JONG-HYUN will train the 22-year-old Olympic champion this season, with Shin overseeing her training programs and Ryu handling her fitness training (YONHAP, 10/25). ... South Korean volleyball player KIM YEON-KOUNG has accused her Korean professional team "of reneging on a promise to keep their contract -- related settlement confidential, a move that is keeping her from playing for a Turkish club" (YONHAP, 10/19).
SPEED Channel's WILL BUXTON: "Feeling fat. Contented. And a bit spicy. India is ace."
Cyclist MARK CAVENDISH: "Are people so naive they think cycling's the only sport with a hidden past? Maybe it's just the only sport where a hidden past's come out."
The BBC's PHIL MCNULTY: "German visiting fans always great value when it comes to noise and colour. Early signs are Schalke's followers will be no different."
Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities MARIA MILLER: "Helped launch @FA 'Game Changer' strategy at Wembley - 5 yr plan for women's football. Improving coverage, participation amidst other things"
Former EPL player DARREN HUCKERBY: "Just received latest PFA magazine in the post,shame its full of expensive Cars,watches,houses etc,surely wrong message to send young Pro's!"
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