Sportswear brand Puma named SHIRLEY JUSTICE GM of Global Sourcing effective Monday. In the newly created position, Justice is based at Puma's Asian headquarters in Hong Kong and reports to CFO MICHAEL LAMMERMANN (SPORTSWEAR INTERNATIONAL, 3/28). ... Sussex County Cricket Club AGM elected former Sussex and England wicketkeeper-batsman JIM PARKS as President Wednesday. Parks takes over from BRYAN BESDON, who was elected as a vice-president together with JOHN PENGELLY and former players MUSHTAG AHMED, ALAN OAKHAM and IAN THOMSON (Sussex County Cricket Club). ... Derbyshire County Cricket Club "will scrap their previous board committee" in favor of a newly elected supervisory board who will govern the English team. The 15-person committee "previously responsible for running the club has been disbanded" in favor of a supervisory board of six. CHRIS GRANT was re-elected as chairman immediately after Wednesday's Special General Meeting and will serve as finance director on the new board, with DAVID BOOTH, KEVIN DEAN, JOHN GAINS, DAVID GRIFFIN and ROBERT TICE also handed new roles. The proposal, "which required a 66% majority, received overwhelming support," with 614 votes in favor and just 26 against (Derbyshire County Cricket Club). ... Golf Australia named GERARD KENNEDY CFO and company secretary. Kennedy joins Golf Australia from National Rugby League club Melbourne Storm where he was most recently the GM of operations (Golf Australia).
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Barcelona head coach TITO VILANOVA will be back coaching the team at the training ground on Friday (LIBERTAD DIGITAL, 3/28). ... Ending his "desperate search" for a financial backer, South Korean Olympian PARK TAE-HWAN will now receive an annual salary paid by the Incheon city government, although the size of his pay was not disclosed (KOREA TIMES, 3/28). ... New Zealand batsman JESSE RYDER is in a critical condition "with a fractured skull after being savagely bashed in a late-night assault." Ryder is "understood to be in a coma with a fractured skull, a punctured lung, internal bleeding and is in intensive care at a Christchurch hospital." The attack came just days before the talented Ryder "was to take up a lucrative Indian Premier League contract" (AAP, 3/28). ... South African sprinter OSCAR PISTORIUS, charged with murdering his girlfriend, "will be allowed to travel after challenging his bail terms." A judge said Pistorius would be allowed to leave South Africa to compete as long "as he complies with certain conditions." He will also be allowed to return to his home in Pretoria, where REEVA STEENKAMP was shot and killed (BBC, 3/28). ... IOC VP and Moroccan 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist NAWAL EL MOUTAWAKEL was named MENA Sport Business Personality at the inaugural Sports Industry Awards (SPORT 360, 3/28). ... Melbourne Rebels KURTLEY BEALE has been suspended indefinitely and fined for his behavior in South Africa that led to him being sent home after striking two teammates (THE AGE, 3/29).
Press Association's MARTYN ZIEGLER: "Platini asks for questions at news conference in Sofia: But I will not speak about FIFA I think that has been discussed enough in the press"
The Daily Telegraph's PAUL HAYWARD: "There are more volunteers + coaches (700,000) in England than people in Montenegro (620,000). Result: 3 draws"
FIFA's JEROME VALCKE: "The decision is getting closer. The #GLT company selected for #confeds & #worldcup will be confirmed here first, next week"
Olympic Gold Medalist USAIN BOLT: "Loving the view from my hotel in Rio.. And the put a nice track on the beach too"
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