FA Chair DAVID BERNSTEIN and PFA Chair CLARKE CARLISLE have joined the Manchester FA. With Bernstein’s "successful tenure" as head of the FA coming to an end in May, the former Man City chair has agreed to become an honorary member of Manchester FA upon stepping down from his role at Wembley (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 3/14). ... President of the T&T Amateur Boxing Association CECIL FORDE has been selected as an exec member of the American Boxing Confederation which is the Int'l Boxing Association’s continental body of the Americas branch (GUARDIAN MEDIA, 3/14). ... ALICE HUNT has been appointed CEO of Join In, the U.K. government-backed charity set up to "continue the legacy" of volunteering begun by last year’s Olympic Games in London. Hunt joins from the educational publishing company Pearson, where she was director of communications for int'l business (THIRD SECTOR, 3/14).
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ManU defender RIO FERDINAND "has earned his first England call-up" under Manager ROY HODGSON for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro later this month. Hodgson cited "footballing reasons" for Ferdinand's exclusion in his squad for the Euro 2012 finals and he "has remained out of his plans ever since." The FA also confirmed that EPL club West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper BEN FOSTER "had been recalled after reversing his decision to retire" from int'l football (London TELEGRAPH, 3/14). ... Olympic Gold Medalist USAIN BOLT "will again run at the Golden Spike meet" in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Bolt will race for the seventh time at the meet, which is part of the new IAAF World Challenge series, scheduled for June 27. Bolt will join Jamaican teammate YOHAN BLAKE for the 4x100-meter relay (AP, 3/14). ... F1 CEO BERNIE ECCLESTONE said he would like to lure DANICA PATRICK to the sport but acknowledges "she would be unlikely to make the move" (AP, 3/14). ... Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen FC Manager CRAIG BROWN has announced "he will stand down." The 72-year-old "took over at Pittodrie in December 2010 after leaving Motherwell but he has struggled to achieve lasting success at the club" (SCOTSMAN, 3/14).
FIFA President SEPP BLATTER: "My congratulations & best wishes to Pope Francis (@Pontifex). Delighted to hear that you are also a fan of football & support @SanLorenzo"
Arsenal's OLIVIER GIROUD: "Bayern 0/2 Arsenal Nous n'étions pas si loin des quarts de finale... dommage..." ... ("Bayern 0/2 Arsenal We weren't far from the quarterfinals... too bad...")
ESPN's ADRIAN HEALEY: "Lots of talk about no EPL teams in Q Finals. It's random. It's cup football! Different decision from Turkish Ref = different conversation"
Channel 4 presenter CLARE BALDING: "Thoughts are with jockey JT McNamara, who has a serious neck injury (C3 and C4). Further assessment in the morning. #Cheltenham"
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