Wimbledon champion MARION BARTOLI "offered the first hint that her shock retirement may not be quite as final as she first indicated," according to REUTERS. Bartoli "hinted on Sunday she could make a comeback." Speaking in N.Y., Bartoli "left open the possibility that she could possibly make a return next year." Bartoli: "You never know what is going to happen. It's pretty hard to say I will never come back" (REUTERS, 8/25). In London, Simon Briggs reported "a further hint of indecision in the fact that Bartoli has yet to ask for her name to be removed from the rankings list." Such a move "is usually a signal that a player has gone beyond the point of no return -- or at least thinks she has." When pressed on this question, Bartoli "shrugged and blamed her own curiosity." Bartoli: "I just wanted to see where my ranking would end up at this year without playing any more. We’ll see where it takes me. Perhaps we should not read too much into these details. Most of Bartoli’s press conference underlined how ready she was to say goodbye" (TELEGRAPH, 8/25).
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The England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday said that England cricket Managing Dir HUGH MORRIS "is to stand down," according to Josh Reich of REUTERS. He is to take up a role as CEO and director of cricket at Glamorgan, "for whom he previously played" (REUTERS, 8/26). The PA reported the ECB "has started its recruitment process but there are two very prominent names already linked with the role." Team Dir ANDY FLOWER "was reported on Sunday to be ready to step down from his day-to-day involvement with the side and it would be a huge coup for the ECB to keep him involved with England's long-term strategy." Former England captain ANDREW STRAUSS "has also been mooted for the role" after working for Sky TV this summer (PA, 8/26).
Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart "has appointed" THOMAS SCHNEIDER as its new head coach. The former coach of the club's U17 team replaces BRUNO LABBADIA "who was fired on Monday after three consecutive Bundesliga losses and the embarassing 2-1 loss against Rijeka in the UEFA Europa League playoff round" (BILD, 8/26). ... Cambodian Swimming Federation President SOUN CHAN THOL retained his position at the federation's fifth general assembly "with members of the executive committee voted in for the new four-year term." HEM THON continues as general secretary, while his son HEM KIRY "gained promotion to deputy general secretary" (PHNOM PENH POST, 8/26). ... Argentine Primera División side Racing Club fired coach LUIS ZUBELDIA Sunday, "following a dismal season of four consecutive losses and a tie." Local media have been speculating that Zubeldia, 32, "may be replaced" by Ecuadorian club Barcelona Manager GUSTAVO COSTAS, Quilmes Atlético Club coach OMAR DE FELIPPE or former Argentine player JOSE "PEPE" ROMERO (XINHUA, 8/26).
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Australian cycling "has thrown its weight behind" British Cycling President BRIAN COOKSON's campaign to unseat PAT MCQUAID as head of the Int'l Cycling Union at the global governing body's election next month. Cycling Australia's support "is likely to mean Cookson can rely on three votes from Oceania's regional federation, which may prove decisive in a tightly contested poll with only 42 casting voters across the globe" (REUTERS, 8/26). ... Former NBA player YAO MING "has collaborated with the world's largest beer producer to launch a short film warning against the dangers of drunk driving." The six-minute micro film, titled "Price of Love -- No Drunk Driving" was unveiled in Shanghai on Sunday "in collaboration with brewers Anheuser-Busch" (CHINA DAILY, 8/26). ... NBA Houston Rockets center DWIGHT HOWARD teamed up with Taiwan actor KAI KO and two-time taekwondo Olympic Gold Medalist WU JINGYU in Beijing’s Sanlitun area for an adidas fitness campaign on Sunday night (CHINA DAILY, 8/26). ... West Indies cricketer CHRIS GAYLE "will appear in a music video," featuring the remix of Bollywood chartbuster "Humma Humma" later this month. The music video "is shot for a commercial" and will feature gayle, actor PURAB KOHLI and Indian Idol host CHANG (TNN, 8/26). ... Brazilian goalkeeper GYLMAR DOS SANTOS NEVES has died "after a heart attack." He was 83. Neves "helped his country" win the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. Neves "had been hospitalized since last week after complications from a heart attack" (AP, 8/26).
Forza Italian Football's DREW FARMER: "Surprised to see the rumored AC Milan move for Landon Donovan #LAGalaxy today. Is that more of Roma's territory, brining in Americans?"
The Daily Telegraph's PAUL HAYWARD: "Rooney to Utd: you definitely can't sell me. To Chelsea: you really have to buy me. Cheered by all sides. Weird night."
BT Sport's MICHAEL OWEN: ''Sad end to #TheAshes but can't blame the Umpires. The rules need to change. If we're honest, we didn't deserve to win the last test anyway."
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