Australian Football League Sydney Swans Chair RICHARD COLLESS will "step down" at the end of the season after 20 years on the job. Colless: "There is no particular reason for this decision other than the old adage that it is probably about time" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/3). ... Nike named Umbro President & CEO MICHAEL SPILLANE VP & GM of its greater China region, effective in June. Spillane replaces CRAIG CHEEK, who was named VP & GM of Nike's Young Athletes, where he will "oversee strategy and drive growth supporting the company's key categories" (Nike). ... Apparel company E.Land formed a new global exec team to oversee K-Swiss, with which it just completed its merger. E.Land named TRUMAN KIM chairman, LARRY REMINGTON President & CEO, BARNEY WATERS CMO and WIM TUIJL Europe managing director. Incumbent COO ED FLORA will remain in his position. Remington replaces former K-Swiss CEO STEVEN NICHOLS and former President DAVID NICHOLS (THE DAILY).
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Golfer RORY MCILROY is "angry" at suggestions he must play golf for Ireland at the Olympics. An attempt by Royal & Ancient CEO PETER DAWSON to ease McIlroy's dilemma over which country to opt for in '16 "was firmly dismissed" by McIlroy. McIlroy: "I think Rule 41 in the Olympic Charter states that I still have a choice and -- it's not like they can take it away from me" (BELFAST TELEGRAPH, 5/2). ... Women's Chinese Basketball Association Zhejiang Chouzhou has signed U.S. basketball standout BRITTNEY GRINER for the '13-14 season. Griner replaces LIZ CAMBAGE, who led the Bulls to a Finals appearance last year (NIUBBALL, 5/2). ... EPL Tottenham midfielder GARETH BALE "was named England's Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association on Thursday." Bale topped ManU's ROBIN VAN PERSIE, who won the award last year. Chelsea's JUAN MATA was third (REUTERS, 5/2). ... South African cricketer JACQUES KALLIS "will not be part of South Africa's Champions Trophy squad after ruling himself out for personal reasons" (PA, 5/2). ... German Chancellor ANGELA MERKEL on Wednesday congratulated Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund on the all-German final of the Champions League. Merkel wrote on her Facebook page, "One thing is clear, Germany has won" (MARCA, 5/2).
PICTURE PERFECT: The photographer "behind some of the most memorable sports photographs over the last 50 years" will share his work at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. NEIL LEIFER will share some of his most memorable images -- some famous boxing photos of MUHAMMAD ALI among them -- during an exhibition of his work in the Rick Faries Gallery at the Botanical Gardens (CARIBBEAN SPORTS NETWORK, 5/1).
ADMITTING GUILT: Longtime BBC football commentator STUART HALL "has admitted indecently assaulting" 13 girls, the youngest being a 9-year-old. Hall, 83, "entered the guilty pleas" last month at Preston Crown Court, but they were revealed Thursday "after reporting restrictions were lifted." The sex offences took place between '67 and '86 (London DAILY MAIL, 5/2).
NOTABLE DEATHS: Swedish football side AIK goalkeeper IVAN TURINA died on Thursday at the age of 32, leaving players and officials "in shock." Turina "was known to have a congenital heart problem which he told the club about when he signed for them" in '10 (REUTERS, 5/2). ... Belgian cyclist WOUTER DEWILDE died as a result of a crash following a race in Veldegem, Belgium on Wednesday (EL CONFIDENCIAL, 5/2).
Sky Sports' RACHEL BROOKES: "19 years ago today I was sat on a tall stool in my parents kitchen watching the San Marino GP while the rest of the family were outside"
International Field Hockey Player EDI TUBAU: "Cesc sólo te pediré una cosa, que corras y te dejes los cojones en la 2ª parte. Te lo pide un culé" (Cesc, I will only ask for one thing from you, that you run and you leave behind your (expletive) in the second half. I ask you for Barcelona)
Int'l Paralympic Committee CEO XAVIER GONZALEZ: "Hats off to @ParalympicsGB on their Outstanding Contribution to British sport award at #BTSIA. Have a wine or 10 on me @timhparaGB"
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