Scottish Second Division Rangers have confirmed CRAIG MATHER will continue in the role of CEO on a permanent basis. The 42-year-old was appointed as interim CEO in April after CHARLES GREEN resigned from the position. Rangers Chair WALTER SMITH "felt Mather did enough during his interim spell to secure the job permanently." Smith: "Throughout his time at the club, Craig has demonstrated a deep commitment to the club and has a clear vision of how Rangers should be taken forward" (Scotland DAILY RECORD). ... LOUISE JOHNSON has been promoted to deputy managing director of Omnicom Media Group's sport & entertainment agency Fuse EMEA. Johnson will continue to work with clients such as Vodafone Global and Nissan as she "grows in the agency's pan-European offering" (ISPORTCONNECT, 7/11). ... New Zealand Cricket Chair CHRIS MOLLER is "stepping aside amid a cleanout of the board." Moller, a former New Zealand Rugby Union CEO, confirmed on Friday he would not be seeking re-election in September "after three sometimes-turbulent years at the helm" (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 7/12).
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Russian tennis player MARIA SHARAPOVA has announced that JIMMY CONNORS "is to be her new coach." The world No. 2 split with her previous coach THOMAS HOGSTEDT on Friday "after three years of working together." In a statement on her website, Sharapova said: "I have known Jimmy for many years and we briefly worked together in 2008 just before the Australian Open. I am really excited about our new partnership and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments" (London GUARDIAN, 7/13). ... Russian Premier League club CSKA Moscow "has officially confirmed the arrival" of former NHL coach JOHN TORCHETTI at the club. The ex-Florida Panthers and L.A. Kings interim coach, 48, succeeds VYACHESLAV BUTSAEV, "who was in charge in an acting capacity for the last 24 games of last season until a Western Conference semifinal exit in the playoffs" (R-SPORT, 7/12). ... Sri Lanka cricket captain ANGELO MATHEWS has been suspended for two ODIs while his players have been fined 40% of their match fees "for maintaining a slow over-rate during their one-wicket defeat against India in the final of the tri-nation series" (SRI LANKA MIRROR, 7/12). ... South African boxer ISAAC HLATSHWAYO "called time on his boxing career." The 35-year-old had been a professional boxer with huge success since '00 and said that he began to entertain the decision to quit after Boxing South Africa board member DR. PETER NGATANE noted that "he was unable to take a punch" (SOWETAN LIVE, 7/12). ... UAE Pro-League side Al Ain has chosen former Al Jazira Manager ABEL BRAGA "as the man to replace" COSMIN OLARIOU. According to a club official, "Braga has agreed a two-year deal" (THE NATIONAL, 7/14). ... Former Chinese national football team coach JOSE ANTONIO CAMACHO appealed to FIFA on Thursday after the Chinese FA "refused to pay the large compensation." CFA officials said they "respect Camacho's decision," and will fight the appeal (CHINA DAILY, 7/12). ... Bayern Munich coach PEP GUARDIOLA has lashed out at Barcelona President SANDRO ROSELL and the club's directors "for not leaving him in peace after he left the club." Guardiola said that "he was incensed by the suggestion" that he had not made the effort to see his former assistant and current Barça coach TITO VILANOVA, when Vilanova had traveled to N.Y. for cancer treatment. Guardiola: "I told them [the president and his directors] I was going 6,000km away and asked them to leave me in peace, but they haven't kept their word" (GUARDIAN, 7/12). ... A Mercedes-Benz car that Argentinian driver JUAN MANUEL FANGIO drove to two Grand Prix victories sold Friday for £19.6M ($29.7M), "a record for a car at auction" (BLOOMBERG, 7/12).
London Guardian's MARCUS CHRISTENSON: "Ex-Miss Fitness says Nicklas #Bendtner poured beer over her in night club, then said: 'Who do you think they'll throw out, you or me?' #afc"
ABC Grandstand's Senior Sport Broadcaster CLINT WHEELDON: "One of the many impressive things about the Tour de France riders is how they restrain themselves from punching some of the spectators."
Bloomberg's TARIQ PANJA: "Millions of $ spent on turf tech at World Cup stadiums. More work needed judging by tonight's pitch at Brasilia's Mane Garrincha #Vasco-Fla"
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