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Volume 6 No. 212

People and Pop Culture

Former National Rugby League sides Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters CEO STEVE NOYCE has taken over for BRUNO CULLEN as interim CEO of NRL Cronulla Sharks, effective immediately. Noyce has been "promoted from his previous position as head of football operations" (NEWS LIMITED, 7/31). In Sydney, Michael Carayannis reported Noyce is "determined not to be a short-term fix as he tries to guide the embattled club through its problems with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority." Noyce: "I think it is a vote of confidence in myself and shows the club is serious about leadership and making sure the club is moving forward. I am not sure of the word 'interim.' I know exactly what the challenge is and most people that know me know that I am not a title person." In another change, Cronulla COO GY WALLACE announced he would also leave the club. Wallace will stay on with the club for another six months, "largely overseeing its A$300M ($269M) property development." This will "allow the new directors a chance to familiarise themselves with the plans before his departure" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/31).

Infront Sports & Media has opened a new office in Singapore. IAN MATHIE will serve as managing director of the Singapore office, which will provide a hub to exploit sports marketing opportunities in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand (Infront). ... The French Cycling Federation announced on Wednesday that BERNARD BOURREAU has replaced LAURENT JALABERT as coach of the French national cycling team. Bourreau, 61, was previously coach of France's U23 national cycling team (EFE, 7/31). ... DANIEL IBAÑES has been hired as coach of Czech Republic futsal club Era Pack Chrudim. This will be Ibañes's first professional futsal experience outside Spain (MARCA, 7/31). ... Brasileiro Fluminense has hired former Real Madrid coach VANDERLEI LUXEMBURGO, who also coached Brazil's national team from '98-00. Luxemburgo replaces ABEL BRAGA, who was sacked on Monday after the club's fifth consecutive loss (IANS, 7/31). ... The Johor FA has promoted AZMI MOHAMED to coach Johor Darul Takzim for the Malaysia Cup next month (THE STAR, 7/30).

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Ireland's national rubgy team has appointed JOHN PLUMTREE as its new forwards coach. Plumtree has been head coach at Super 15 outfit Natal Sharks since '08 (BELFAST TELEGRAPH, 7/31). ... Former Australia national team coach MICKEY ARTHUR has reached a “confidential” settlement with Cricket Australia over his firing last month. In a joint statement, the two sides said, "Both Mickey and CA agree that it is unfortunate that the dispute was not settled prior to the issuing of legal proceedings." The 45-year-old Arthur, who had two years to run on his contract, was fired June 24. Arthur: "For me this was never solely about the money. I just wanted to be treated fairly and with dignity. With this fair reasonable deal, we can now get on with our lives" (BLOOMBERG, 7/31). ... The Cerebral Palsy Int'l Sports & Recreation Association has nominated ALAN DICKSON in the upcoming election for Int'l Paralympic Committee President (CPISRA). ... U.S. President BARACK OBAMA and First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA will serve as honorary co-chairs at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in L.A. L.A. Mayor ERIC GARCETTI and California Gov. JERRY BROWN will serve as co-hosts of the event (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 7/30). ... Former tennis world No. 1 GUSTAVO KUERTEN said that Brazil "must capitalize" on the 2016 Rio Olympics to "kick-start the country's flagging tennis fortunes." Kuerten said, "We have to improve many things, starting from the base, and create an action plan towards 2016. We must make the most of this opportunity to create a definitive structure" (XINHUA, 7/30). ... British heptathlete JESSICA ENNIS-HILL has withdrawn from the World Championships "because of a problem with her Achilles tendon." Ennis-Hill took part in the hurdles and the long jump at the Anniversary Games last weekend, but "did so on painkillers and her results were a disappointment." Ennis-Hill said, "The time has now come to stop chasing fitness and look to cure the problem" (LONDON TIMES, 7/31).

Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "#JanUllrich says would not want to be awarded #Armstrong Tour titles after finishing behind American. Why would he? He also doped."

Mancheter Evening News' MIKE KEEGAN: "Just spotted one of the Aussies in a VB cap & flip flops looking thoroughly miserable in the Piccadilly rain. Welcome to Manchester, sport."

London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Sad middle aged sports fans everywhere will no doubt join me in mourning the passing of ESPN Classic - no more late night nostalgia fests."

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