Italian motorcycle company Ducati "appointed BERNHARD GOBMEIER as its new motorsports director." The 53-year-old "has a lot of experience in this position, which he held at BMW." Gobmeier "will work together with current Ducati Motorsport Dir FILIPPO PREZIOSI, who was named head of research & development of Ducati Motor Holding" (SID, 11/20). ... Clothing company Jack Wolfskin "appointed ELKE STEIN as its managing director of marketing and product development." Stein, who previously held the position of GM for Reebok in Germany, Austria and Switzerland at adidas, "will start at Jack Wolfskin on Feb. 1" (FASHION UNITED, 11/20). ... La Liga club RCD Espanyol has elected JOAN COLLET as its president (EFE, 11/19). ... Euro 2012 tournament director in Ukraine MARKIYAN LUBKIVSKY will lead the local organizing committee for the preparation of Ukraine to host the EuroBasket 2015 European Basketball Championship (ISPORTCONNECT, 11/20).
MANAGERS: Brasileiro club Internacional has relieved head coach FERNANDÃO of his duties (GAZETA ESPORTIVA, 11/20). ... Spanish basketball club Caja Laboral "named ZAN TABAK as coach to replace DUSKO IVANOVICH." Ivanovich was sacked on Sunday. Tabak, who is Croatian, "dissolved his contract with Polish side Trefi Sport on Monday afternoon and signed a contract with Caja Laboral until '14" (CHINA DAILY, 11/20).
Badminton Association of Thailand President Charoen Wattanasin said that the Badminton World Federation "will present His Majesty the King with its President's Medal." It is the BWF's "highest award to honour distinguished individuals or organisations with an exceptional contribution to the sport" (BANGKOK POST, 11/20). ... Australian football player HARRY KEWELL "joined the FIFA Football Committee for its inaugural meeting in Zurich," Switzerland over the weekend. The committee, which is chaired by UEFA President MICHEL PLATINI, "deals with structural issues within the game as well as relations between clubs, leagues, members and confederations." Kewell, along with El Salvador player JAIME RODRIGUEZ, Algeria int'l RABAH MADJER and EPL CEO RICHARD SCUDAMORE, "are the latest members to be added to the committee" (SBS, 11/20). ... Former France Manager RAYMOND DOMENECH's memoirs are titled Tout Seul (All by Myself) and were published Monday. They are "based on the diary he kept during his six-year spell as France manager from '04-10, and in them, Domenech assumes little responsibility for France’s World Cup debacle" in '10 (REUTERS, 11/19). ... Al Jazira is "expected to sign a deal with German coach FELIX MAGATH to lead its team for the rest of the season, replacing Brazilian PAOLO BONAMIGO. Despite the reluctance of Al Jazira club officials "to confirm this," sources said that the club "will sit with Bonamigo on Wednesday to reach a compromise regarding the settlement of his contract before announcing their new deal" (GULF NEWS, 11/20).
LEAVING THE U.S.: German Hockey League (DEL) club Hannover Scorpions "signed NHL San Jose Sharks goaltender THOMAS GREISS during the league's lockout." The 26-year-old German native "has appeared in 38 NHL games" and has a career goals against average of 2.52 (DEL). ... Chinese Basketball Association side Shanghai Sharks officially announced its signing of GILBERT ARENAS on Monday. After spending almost two weeks training with Shanghai, Arenas "nailed down a one-year contract with the club," which is owned by former NBA player YAO MING. Media and fans "have been tantalized since Arenas landed in Shanghai on Nov. 5, and the club took its time before inking the one-year deal reportedly worth $700,000" (CHINA DAILY, 11/20).
CNN host PIERS MORGAN got in a Twitter argument with members of boy band ONE DIRECTION over DAVID BECKHAM, leading to #PiersMorganIsSmelly trending worldwide around noon ET. Below are Morgan's tweets as the dispute unfolded:
"Well sign him up for the group - bet he sings better than he plays now > RT @Louis_Tomlinson: @benwinston @piersmorgan I LOVE David Beckham!"
"Can't believe I'm currently being sledged about Beckham by TWO members of One Direction. Boy-band types clearly stick together."
"OK, now you lot have crossed a line #WrongDirection > RT @Real_Liam_Payne #BenWinstonFTW #PiersMorganIsSmelly"
"Now got roughly 25 million One Directioners abusing me - many thanks @Harry_Styles @Real_Liam_Payne @Louis_Tomlinson"
"So, #PiersMorganIsSmelly is now trending worldwide, is it? Right, @Harry_Styles @Real_Liam_Payne @Louis_Tomlinson - this is WAR."
"Better Direction - #Piers now trending worldwide along with #PiersMorganIsSmelly @Harry_Styles @Real_Liam_Payne @Louis_Tomlinson"
London Telegraph's JACQUELIN MAGNAY: "So if David Beckham is released from LA Galaxy next month will he go to Australia (sun) or China (money)?
BBC presenter GARY LINEKER: "Rumours that David Beckham will join MOTD in the new year have been entirely invented by me, just now. Always welcome though."
The official account of PERTH GLORY FC: "DAVID BECKHAM | Has confirmed the MLS Cup final will be his last game for the Galaxy. The race is on."