One of the BBC's rising stars "has moved in to pole position as a future Match of the Day presenter after "it has emerged that Football Focus presenter DAN WALKER will sit in for regular host GARY LINEKER a week on Saturday when the former England striker is absent for personal reasons," according to Ian Ladyman of the London DAILY MAIL. Walker, 35, "is highly-rated at the BBC, having come through the ranks on local TV before moving on to national prime-time slots a few years ago." Having previously worked at the Olympics, Wimbledon, The Open, Ascot and the 2010 World Cup, the Crawley Town FC fan "is seen as one of the corporation's mainstays of the future and has been presenting Football Focus since '09." Walker, however, "will not anchor the MOTD 2 highlights programme, as the devout Christian refuses to work on a Sunday." There "is no suggestion that there is any threat to Lineker's position" (DAILY MAIL, 12/5).
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Cricket Australia "has wasted no time in trying to lure RICKY PONTING into coaching, approaching the retired batting great's management in a bid to secure his services," according to Chris Barrett of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. His successor as captain, MICHAEL CLARKE, "implored the country's governing body" to ensure Ponting remained part of the structure, saying: ''It's really important that Cricket Australia do everything in their power to try and keep him involved.'' CA Team Performance GM PAT HOWARD said, ''We've been in contact with his agent. It's obviously very soon, but we'd love him involved in some way, shape or form in the future. He's going to have a reasonable amount of time to digest that.'' Howard said Ponting's experience would ''lend himself really well'' to coaching, a belief espoused last week by the outgoing Tasmania coach TIM COYLE. After Coyle said that "this season would be his last in charge of the Tigers," there is a vacancy in Ponting's home state (SMH, 12/6).
The Australian Football League administration "was rocked with the sudden resignation of long-time Football Operations Manager ADRIAN ANDERSON." Rumors have Anderson "heading to North Melbourne to take over the CEO position, which has been vacant since EUGENE AROCCA quit" to take up the post of CEO of Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. Anderson, 40, "walks away from the key post after nine years." It is not yet known who will replace him (THE AUSTRALIAN, 12/5). ... After three years, A-League Perth Glory CEO PAUL KELLY has resigned from his position. Kelly will "finish in his role on Jan. 2." Chair & Owner TONY SAGE said that Kelly would still remain involved with Perth in an advisory role. Glory Deputy Chair LUI GIULIANI will take over from Kelly (HERALD SUN, 12/5). ... MATT CLARKE has resigned from English League Two club Wycombe Wanderers' board of directors with immediate effect. Clarke cited a desire to spend more time with is family after recently becoming a father (Wycombe Wanderers). ... The Asian Golf Industry Federation "unanimously voted" for Bae, Kim & Lee senior foreign lawyer TIM TRINKA to lead the industry body for the next two years. He has worked at the law firm in Seoul for more than 20 years (GOLF BUSINESS NEWS, 12/4).
MANAGERS/COACHES: Bundesliga club Hannover 96 "has reportedly extended its contract with head coach MIRKO SLOMKA until '16." Slomka, whose contract expires at the end of the season, "has been the club's head coach since Jan. 19, 2010" (SID, 12/4). ... Ukraine's football federation "is holding talks with former England Manager SVEN-GÖRAN ERIKSSON about running the former Soviet republic's national team." A federation spokesperson said, "An offer has been made, negotiations are under way" (REUTERS, 12/5). ... Dutch football club Feyenoord Rotterdam has extended the deal of its coach RONALD KOEMAN until '14. The former Dutch int'l defender "has been at the club since '11" (AFP, 12/5). ... Former Argentinean player JORGE BURRUCHAGA on Monday "inked the contract" with Atlético de Rafaela as coach of the football club. Burruchaga will debut next weekend against the current champion Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield. The 50-year-old "was the coach of Paraguay's team Club Libertad last season" (XINHUA, 12/4).
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Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt "has appointed triple F1 world champion SEBASTIAN VETTEL as a life-long honorary member of the club." Vettel, "who is a die-hard fan of the club, was surprised by the honor" (SID, 12/4). ... Colombian striker RADAMEL FALCAO "will be in Dubai later this month to attend the 7th Dubai Int'l Sports Conference." The Atlético Madrid player "is expected to be one of the panellists on the final discussion on the second day of the annual conference" (GULF NEWS, 12/5). ... The IOC President’s Trophy has been awarded to SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK, Mother of UAE Nation. IOC President JACQUES ROGGE said that the trophy was awarded to Mubarak for outstanding merit in the development of sport, notably her dedication to the advancement of women in sport (IOC). ... A tennis shirt worn by ANDY MURRAY in this year's U.S. Open final, as he ended Britain's 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam champion, has sold at a charity auction in the U.K. It was sold for £8,500 ($13,687), 6.3% above its £8,000 ($12,000) high valuation Tuesday night. All funds from the sale "will benefit the Angelus Foundation, which aims to educate drug users on the dangers of taking both club drugs and legal highs" (PAUL FRASER COLLECTIBLES, 12/5).
Indian Olympic shooter ABHINAV BINDRA: "Bye Bye IOA, hope to see u again soon, hopefully cleaner!"
The BBC's RICHARD CONWAY: "Historic moment for football tomorrow. Sanfrecce Hiroshima v Auckland City - first competitive game to use goal line technology."
AP's ROB HARRIS: "Best description heard today of West Ham's 2nd attempt at getting Olympic Stadium - returning to process after being jilted at the altar"
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