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Volume 6 No. 194

People and Pop Culture

EPL West Bromwich Albion Legal Dir RICHARD GARLICK "is to be appointed as successor to DAN ASHWORTH as the club's sporting and technical director." Garlick, 36, who was on Rotherham’s books as a junior before qualifying as a lawyer specializing in sporting disputes, "will work alongside Ashworth until he leaves The Hawthorns in the summer to become the FA’s director of elite development" (London DAILY MAIL, 1/8). ... Olympic Committee of Israel President ZVI VARSHAVIAK will be stepping down following 16 years at the helm of the organization. He will leave next month, and IGAL CARMI and ARYE ZAIF are the early favorites to replace him (Olympic Committee of Israel). ... Canadian Paralympic Committee CEO and Dir General HENRY STORGAARD will be stepping down from his role within the organization effective Jan. 18. A search for a new CEO will commence at the end of January and will aim to have the candidate in place by early April (CPC).

COACHES/MANAGERS: New Zealand football national team captain RYAN NELSEN has been named Major League Soccer Toronto FC coach. His retirement from playing football "is a hammer blow" to the All Whites' World Cup campaign. Nelsen succeeds sacked PAUL MARINER (STUFF, 1/9). ... New Zealand Golf Board Deputy Chair PAUL FYFE has been named chairman. Fyfe, who has served in his former role for the past three years, will look to continue the work of PHILIP HASSALL, who stood down as chairman at the end of '12. Fyfe joined the board in '07 and has also acted as the chairman of the New Zealand Open Championships subcommittee for the past three years (New Zealand Golf). Superleague Greece club Panathinaikos has appointed FABRICIANO GONZALEZ PENELAS as coach. The Spaniard, known as Fabri, replaces JUAN ROMAN ROCHA (REUTERS, 1/8).

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LIONEL MESSI said before the announcement of the Ballon d'Or winner that '12 had not been his best year. Messi: "I don't think it's been my best year. I'm more interested in picking up prizes with my team than on my own, and other teams did better in that sense". He also assured that he never dreamt of being the best in the world. Messi: "As a kid, I didn't think about being the best -- and I still don't now. I just wanted to play football and enjoy myself" (MARCA, 1/7). ... French Handballer DANIEL NARCISSE has agreed to a two-year deal with Paris St. Germain Handball. Narcisse was the 2012 IHF World Player of the Year (LE FIGARO, 1/8).

Bloomberg's TARIQ PANJA: "Teams that release players for the 2014 World Cup will get $2800 per player in 2014. That compares to $1600 in South Africa"

London Times' OLIVER KAY: "Messi didn't have Ronaldo in his top 3 for Ballon d'Or. Casillas didn't have Messi in his. Neither did Portugal captain Bruno Alves #growup"

London Times' TONY BARRETT: "I've always regarded Arsenal as one of the classiest clubs around but there's no justification for charging £62 for a match ticket."

Author on Italian cycling JOHN FOOT: "Prediction. The decision to stop games due to racism will last as long as the decision to stop games after flares were thrown; about a week."

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