The O2 arena in London has appointed Haymarket magazine Event and Media Week Editor JEREMY KING as director of communications as the venue goes up for sale. King will succeed STEPHEN FARMER in December (PRWEEK.com, 11/1). ... New Zealand Cricket board member and former Test player STEPHEN BOOCK was named president of New Zealand Cricket. His appointment was confirmed at the governing body's 118th annual meeting in Wellington on Thursday. Boock succeeds DENIS CURRIE, who served the maxium three one-year terms. The board also appointed Northern Districts Cricket Association Chair GREG BARCLAY as a new director, replacing BRENT KING (APNZ, 11/1). ... Korea Football Association President CHO CHUNG-YUN said he "will not run for a second term" in January's election. Cho: "Now is the time to leave ... I hope someone, who is truly sincere in football will be elected as the new president." K-League President JUNG MONG-GYU and former league sponsor Hyundai Oilbank CEO KWON OH-GAP "are being touted as possible candidates for the post" (KOREA TIMES, 11/1).
MANAGERS: Former Wolverhampton Wanderers Manager MICK MCCARTHY has signed a three-year deal to become the manager of League Championship club Ipswich Town. His former Wolves assistant TERRY CONNOR will join him at the club. McCarthy replaces PAUL JEWELL (London GUARDIAN, 11/1). ... League Championship club Crystal Palace has confirmed that interim coach LENNIE LAWRENCE has left the team and will be following DOUGIE FREEDMAN to fellow League Championship club Bolton Wanderers. In a statement the club said, "CURTIS FLEMING will take charge of first-team affairs assisted by development coach JAMIE FULLARTON and first-team captain PADDY MCCARTHY" (PA, 11/1).
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Swiss National League A hockey club Rapperswil-Jona Lakers have signed NHL N.Y. Rangers defenseman MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO. In addition, National League B club Red Ice Martigny has signed NHL Boston Bruins forward CHRIS KELLY (NZZ.ch, 10/31). ... The Korea Baseball Organization announced it will inform the MLB of pitcher RYU HYUN-JIN's posting, as the 25-year-old's "plan to play in the U.S. gains traction" (KOREA JOONGANG DAILY, 11/2). ... Coach TONI MINICHIELLO revealed that heptathlete JESSICA ENNIS will compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. A Commonweath Games Gold is the only major medal missing from Ennis' collection (LONDON TIMES, 11/1). ... South Africa football club Orlando Pirates and Premier Soccer League Chair IRVIN KHOZA "wants to head" the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. Khoza is also the VP of South African Football Association and "plans to take on current head of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee GIDEON SAM" (FOOTBALL411.com, 11/1). ... Paul Ricard track management has recruited ALAIN PROST to "lead the talks" with F1 CEO BERNIE ECCLESTONE about reviving the French F1 Grand Prix in '13 (F1SA.com, 11/1). ... Former FIFA presidential candidate MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM has lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his latest ban from football (REUTERS, 11/1). ... New Zealand Olympic Gold Medalist rower MAHE DRYSDALE auctioned his Olympic jersey at a dinner in Colombo, Sri Lanka to raise Rs2.35M ($43,700), which will go to funds for the Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation (London DAILY MIRROR, 11/1).
Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: Asked Horner about the T-shirts and he denied it, just as he did last year and in 2010. Traditions have to be upheld.
The Telegraph's PAUL HAYWARD: Via a doctor I've been told that a Celtic fan recently refused to be treated for a head wound when he found out the stitches would be blue.
Manchester Evening News' MIKE KEEGAN: Not defending Chelsea but if you get 40,000 turning up then chances are there is going to be one racist.
Ferrari F1 driver FERNANDO ALONSO: "Good morning! Already at the circuit!! Ready to work and prepare everything with engineers for tomorrow's practice!!"
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