New Zealand Olympic Committee President MIKE STANLEY has been re-elected. Stanley, who became president in '09 after six years as a board member, was "unopposed at the committee's general assembly in Auckland" (STUFF, 5/8). ... Havas Media U.K. Managing Dir PAUL FRAMPTON will become CEO while Arena Media Managing Dir PEDRO AVERY is set to become CEO as "part of an ongoing restructure at Havas Media Group." Frampton and Avery will both report to Havas Media Group U.K. CEO MARK CRAZE (CAMPAIGN LIVE, 5/9). ... M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has named Ensemble Melbourne GM JAMIE GILBERT-SMITH as its managing director. Gilbert-Smith led Ensemble Melbourne in developing successful strategies and campaigns for Kmart, Officeworks, Essendon FC, True Value Solar and Origin Energy (M&C Saatchi). ... Scottish Gymnastics board of directors named BRIAN SAMSON interim CEO (Scottish Gymnastics). ... Former British Olympic Association and Ipswich Town FC CEO SIMON CLEGG has been named Great Britain Badminton chair. Clegg has managed British athletes at 12 Olympic Games, six as Team GB's Chef de Mission including their most successful Olympic performance in 100 years at the 2008 Beijing Games (GB Badminton). ... Former Olympic high jump champion STEFKA KOSTADINOVA "has been re-elected" as the Bulgarian Olympic Committee chair. Kostadinova received 44 of the 79 available votes from delegates to begin her third four-year turn (REUTERS, 5/9). ... Iran football side Persepolis head coach YAHYA GOLMOHAMMADI has "stepped down." ZLATKO KRANJCAR is "reportedly a candidate" to replace him (TEHRAN TIMES, 5/9).
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Former Spanish football player and coach RAMÓN BLANCO died Thursday "as a result of complications from a stroke he suffered this past weekend." Blanco coached Spanish third-tier club Cadíz during the '90s after playing for the club from '76-80 (AS, 5/9). ... Germany-based Universum Box-Promotion CEO WALDEMAR KLUCH "has been arrested on charges of extortion under threat of force as well as attempted assault on three occasions" (SPIEGEL ONLINE, 5/8). The Atlético de Madrid handball team will visit on Friday Cibeles Palace, Madrid's city council headquarters, after being crowned Copa del Rey champion on Saturday. The club, led by President ENRIQUE CEREZO, captain JAVIER HOMBRADOS and coach TALANT DUJSHEBAEV, will be greeted by Madrid Mayor ANA BOTELLA. Recently elected Spanish Handball Federation President FRANCISCO BLÁZQUEZ and a representative from the Madrid 2020 Olympic Committee will also be present (EFE, 5/9). ... NBA L.A. Lakers forward PAU GASOL had surgery on both his knees Thursday to combat tendinitis that bothered him throughout the Lakers' recently concluded season. The operation makes it unlikely that Gasol will play for Spain at the Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia (EL PAIS, 5/9). ... Australian Rugby Union CEO BILL PULVER has confirmed "no decision has been taken on whether Super Rugby Melbourne Rebels fullback KURTLEY BEALE's latest alcohol-related suspension will cost him his chance of playing against the British and Irish Lions next month." Pulver said he will meet with the Melbourne Rebels next week as well as Rugby Union Players Association CEO GREG HARRIS to determine what further action will be taken against Beale (THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/10). ... Australian Institute of Sport coach JOHN FOWLIE, who oversaw the Australian men's 4x100m freestyle relay team, has been replaced. New national team CEO MICHAEL SCOTT announced a different line-up of coaches Thursday to oversee the national relays. Swimmer JAMES MAGNUSSEN's coach, BRANT BEST, "will have primary responsibility for the relay," assisted by swimmer CAMERON MCEVOY's coach, RICHARD SCARCE, who is making his debut on the national team. Head men's coach ROHAN TAYLOR will provide support (THE AUSTRALIAN, 5/10).
FOOTBALL NAMES: EPL Aston Villa captain STILIYAN PETROV has announced his retirement from football. The Bulgarian midfielder was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March last year and is now in remission (INDEPENDENT, 5/9). ... Royal Mail Thursday issued a special set of stamps honoring ManU striker DENIS LAW and former Scottish footballer DAVE MACKAY as part of the 11-piece set designed to celebrate 150 years of the English FA and the Scottish FA (EVENING TIMES, 5/9). ... WAYNE ROONEY "has deleted the words 'Manchester United player' from his Twitter bio, further fueling speculation that he is on his way out of Old Trafford" (TELEGRAPH, 5/9).
Financial Times' ROGER BLITZ: "Joel Glazer refers to the United tradition of "flair football played by exciting, world class players”. Cue gnashing of teeth from Utd fans"
Sky Deutschland's TANJA BAUER: "#F1Sky #SSNHD hello sonniges barcelona! das wird ein super F1 wochenende!" ... ("#F1Sky #SSNHD hello sunny barcelona! it's going to be a super F1 weekend!")
London Times' ASHLING O'CONNOR: "Good deal if you're already a BT broadband customer but if not, would you really pay £15 a month? Cheapest option is £10"
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