Football Federation Australia announced that Major League Soccer Senior Exec RUSSELL SARGEANT will join the A-League as GM of Operations. Sargeant will lead the FFA League Operations team, managing Hyundai A-League competition administration and services. Currently a senior director with MLS and Soccer United Marketing, Sargeant will return to his home country Australia following a 12 year stint in the US working in professional sport (FFA). ... AECOM has appointed ALF OSCHATZ head of its sports group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Oschatz joined AECOM during late '12 when South Africa-based BKS became part of the global firm (AECOM). ... Cameroonian ISSA HAYATOU was unanimously re-elected president of the Confederation of African Football for a new term until '17 (XINHUA, 3/10). ... Brazilian marketing agency 9ine Operations Dir EVANDRO GUIMARAES has resigned from his post. Guimaraes spent two years working for the company (MAQUINA DO ESPORTE, 3/8).
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PRINCE HARRY has been named as "the patron for the All Schools scheme," whose aim is to get 400 more U.K. schools playing rugby by '15 and 750 more playing by '19. Clusters of three or four schools "will be targeted and provided with kit, equipment and resources" by the Rugby Football Union as well as being "linked with a local club, which will also provide coaching and ongoing support" (GUARDIAN, 3/8). ... Australia Paralympics Committee's Sport Operations Senior Manager KATE MCLOUGHLIN has become the first female Australian to be the chef de mission for the Australian Paralympic team at the Sochi Winter Olympics (APC). ... Olympic Bronze Medal boxer VIJENDER SINGH's roommate and sparring partner RAM SINGH was "expelled from the National Institute of Sports on Sunday after admitting that he consumed drugs with the star boxer" (PTI, 3/10). ... The China Golf Association appointed GREG NORMAN the exclusive advisory coach of its national golf team "to get ready for the 2016 Games in Brazil and improve China's global standing in golf beyond the Olympics" (AP, 3/9).
McLaren F1 driver JENSON BUTTON: "Hello Melbourne! You're very hot today! ;) been 4 a sea swim with @mikeycollier now trying 2 get myself pumped 4 a beach run. #notfeelingit"
Barcelona's ANDRES INIESTA: "Tres puntos más y una jornada menos!! Ahora martes, martes y martes!" ... ("Three more points and one less week!! Now Tuesday, Tuesday and Tuesday!")
Berliner Zeitung's FLORIAN WITTE: "Crunchtime bei @fcb_basketball vs. #Tūbingen bei @Sport1 - 9 Amis auf dem Feld. Es lebe die deutschen Quote #Basketball #BBL" ... ("Crunchtime between @fcb_basketball vs. #Tübingen on @Sport1 - 9 Americans on the court. Long live the German quota #Basketball #BBL")
FIFA's SEPP BLATTER: "In my address to the CAF Congress, I put a special focus on FIFA's fight against racism. We must eradicate this scourge!"
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