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Volume 10 No. 22

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Former Australia coach MICKEY ARTHUR is seeking up to A$4M ($3.7M) in compensation or his job back from Cricket Australia, claiming that "he was racially discriminated against," according to the AAP. Arthur was sacked last month before the start of the Ashes series, with CA claiming that "he failed to arrest declining standards of discipline in the team." CA lawyer DEAN KINO said, "We're disappointed it has come to this position, but Cricket Australia is confident in its position on this matter and I'm sure it will get resolved in an appropriate fashion." Arthur was reportedly on a A$400,000 a year salary with bonuses of up to A$200,000 per annum (AAP, 7/16). The PA reported Arthur, who was contracted until June 2015, was replaced by DARREN LEHMANN "after a troubled tenure which saw numerous off-field disciplinary issues." According to reports in Australia, the court documents lodged in his compensation claim also include claims captain MICHAEL CLARKE and all-rounder SHANE WATSON "are at loggerheads" (PA, 7/16).

The Williams F1 Team announced the appointment of PAT SYMONDS as chief technical officer. Effective Aug. 19 Symonds joins Williams from the Marussia F1 Team, where he held the position of technical consultant. MIKE COUGHLAN has stepped down from his position as technical director and will leave the team with immediate effect (Williams F1). ... National Rugby League club Parramatta Eels "are on the look out" for a new CEO after KEN EDWARDS "left the crisis-torn" club on Tuesday. The club said Edwards has left by "mutual consent" and was a result of a change of strategic direction following the installation of the new board in May (BRISBANE TIMES, 7/16). New Eels Chair STEVE SHARP and the club's board "called Edwards into a snap meeting Tuesday." Sharp cited a "difference in vision" for dispensing with the club's fourth CEO in as many seasons since the demise of 30-year emperor DENIS FITZGERALD in '09 (TELEGRAPH, 7/16).

COACHES: The UAE Rugby Federation has appointed EPELI LAGILOA "as the new performance manager." Fijian is the replacement for former Australia Test player DUNCAN HALL, "who stepped down from the role last month" (THE NATIONAL, 7/16).

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NBA players KEVIN DURANT, CARMELO ANTHONY, CHRIS PAUL and BLAKE GRIFFIN "are scheduled to arrive in Taiwan this week to promote the Summer Nights event." They also "plan to meet Taiwanese fans on Google+ Hangout after their arrival and throw out the first pitch before a Chinese Professional Baseball League game" (CNA, 7/16). ... Golfer ERNIE ELS "has accepted an invitation to become an honorary member and international ambassador of the Asian Tour." Els "has been a huge supporter of the Asian Tour," where he has featured in a total of 26 tournaments across the region dating back to '04 (IANS, 7/16). ... World tennis No. 4 AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA "has been dropped by a Catholic youth movement in her native Poland for posing nude" in the "Body Issue" of ESPN Magazine. While not explicit, the nude photo "has proven too much for a Catholic group known as Krucjata Mlodych (Youth Crusade)" (BRISBANE TIMES, 7/16). ... Cambodian kickboxing champion LONG SOPHY "will become Cambodia's first fighter in the ONE FC cage" in Jakarta on Sept. 13. The Singapore-based company confirmed over the weekend that Sophy is set to take on Indonesian fighter MAX METINO (PHNOM PENH POST, 7/16). ... Former Romanian football player COSMIN OLAROIU dismissed suggestions that money was the biggest consideration in his surprise move from UAE Pro-League side Al Ain to Al Ahli, "and claims he was forced to look at other options after negotiations with the Arabian Gulf League champions reached a dead end." Olaroiu "stunned the UAE football fraternity last week by accepting a three-year deal at Ahli," estimated to be worth €4M ($5.2M) a year, plus perks (THE NATIONAL, 7/15). ... Seria A Torino goalkeeper JEAN FRANCOIS GILLET has been banned for three years and seven months for suspected match-fixing (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 7/16). ... DAVID BECKHAM revealed "he is on the brink of announcing details about his plans to own" a Major League Soccer team. Beckham said, "This is a big decision where I’ll have my franchise and how I’m going to do it. It’s something I’m excited about" (THE SUN, 7/16). ... The Brazilian Paralympic Committee has nominated President ANDREW PARSONS for VP of the Int'l Paralympic Committee (CPB).

Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "Right, I think I can leave the house now. Surely no more F1 announcements in the pipeline today..."

LIGA MX: "¡Le damos la bienvenida a @BBVABancomer! ¡Una alianza que fortalecerá cada una de las áreas de nuestro Futbol! #LigaBancomerMX" ("We welcome BBVA Bancomer! An alliance that will strengthen every area of our football! #LigaBancomerMX")

SI's GRANT WAHL: "Must be nice to have so much money at his disposal, but PSG's Laurent Blanc has some work to do to get Cavani and Ibrahimovic on same page."

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