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Volume 10 No. 24

People and Pop Culture

London Olympics CEO PAUL DEIGHTON "has been appointed to the board of England Rugby 2015." England's 2015 World Cup organizing committee "has announced Deighton and the former England captain BILL BEAUMONT as its latest board member additions." It means that Deighton will link up again with former LOGOG Dir of Sport DEBBIE JEVANS, now England Rugby 2015's CEO. Beaumont, the current Rugby Football Union and Six Nations chairman, is a former Rugby World Cup director and current Int'l Rugby Board council member (PA, 12/17).

The Spanish Automobile Federation re-elected CARLOS GRACIA as its president. Gracia received 39 votes to beat out his rival MANUEL AVINO who received 31 votes (EFE, 12/16). ... The Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) has re-elected JOSE MARIA ODRIOZOLA as its president. Odriozola received 96 votes to beat out VICENTE ANO and his 44 votes. The 73-year-old will be in charge until '16 (AS, 12/17). ELVEDIN BEGIC has been elected as president of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation (NFSBiH). Begic will serve a four-year term after being elected to the post at association's assembly in Sarajevo (UEFA). ... U.K.-based ports research agency Repucom has signed ANDREW MILNES to head up its marketing in U.K. and Ireland. Milnes, currently head of marketing and communications at The Ageas Bowl, will join the company on Jan. 7 (Repucom). ... Triathlon Ireland's board has accepted the resignation of CEO MATT MCKERROW (Triathlon Ireland). ... The New Zealand Olympic Committee has appointed ROB WADDELL as its chef de mission. Waddell replaces DAVE CURRIE, who struggled to contain a media storm around VALERIE ADAMS at the London Games. Waddel won rowing Gold at the 2000 Sydney Games and said the position was "unique opportunity" (NZOC).

COACHES/MANAGERS: Ligue 1 Ajaccio has fired head coach ALEX DUPONT. Dupont had signed a two-year deal with the club at the start of the season (L'EQUIPE, 12/17). ... Serie A club AC Siena has fired head coach SERSE COSMI. Italian media outlets speculate that "former UC Sampdoria Genua coach GIUSEPPE IACHINI is the top candidate for the vacant position" (SID, 12/17). ... Second Bundesliga 1860 Munich interim head coach ALEXANDER SCHMIDT "will likely continue in the position until the end of the season." Club President DIETER SCHNEIDER said, "He will continue to be our head coach beyond the winter break." Schmidt "took over the team from former head coach  REINER MAURER on Nov. 18" (SID, 12/16).

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Gold Medal-winning discuss thrower ROBERT HARTING, newly retired biathlon athlete MAGDALENA NEUNER and the Gold Medal-winning German eight man rowing crew have won the Athlete of the Year Award in the categories best male athlete, best female athlete and best team, respectively (BILD, 12/16). ... British F1 driver MAX CHILTON will substitute Frenchman CHARLES PIC as the official pilot of the Marussia team. Marussia President NIKOLAI FOMENKO said, "Our third pilot Max Chilton will replace Charles Pic next season" (MARCA, 12/17). ... South Korean pitcher LIM CHANG-YONG has signed with the MLB Chicago Cubs. Lim "is scheduled to return to South Korea later Monday to announce the signing." He "is expected to disclose other details of the contract then" (YONHAP, 12/17). .. ROGER FEDERER "was named Swiss male athlete of the years at the 2012 Credit Suisse Sports Awards on Sunday in Zurich." It was the fifth time that Federer, who claimed his seventh victory at Wimbledon this year. "has received the award" (THE LOCAL, 12/17). ... TONY CHARLTON, the first broadcaster to call a televised game of Australian football, died Monday at age 83. He "was inducted into the Australian Football League Hall of Fame last year, was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in '90 and made a member in '03" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 12/18).

Olympic sprinter USAIN BOLT: "Thanks to all who made it possible for me to win my third BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year"

BBC presenter GARY LINEKER: "Largest fan group of one of Russia's biggest clubs Zenit don't want any black or gay players. FIFA WC host decision, ever more ludicrous."

Pitch Associate Dir DREW BARRAND: "Big news for a number of sports from @Sport_England funding announcement. Swimming facing major perception challenge in terms of image."

London Times' ASHLING O'CONNOR: "Agree with tennis funding decision. Can't keep handing out £ms in Lottery money til LTA proves using it properly. Not exactly poor sport"

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