V8 Commissioner MARK SKAIFE "could be just 12 months away from making his V8 Supercars comeback" with the former Holden driver Thursday "quitting his post" in a move that opens the door for a driving return, according to James Phelps of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Skaife announced that "he is standing down from the high profile position after guiding V8 Supercars through a tumultuous period that has seen him spearhead the revolutionary 'Car of the Future' program." In his role of chairman of the V8 Commission, Skaife "was instrumental in negotiating Nissan and Volvo’s return to the sport as well as restructuring the V8 Supercars television department." Skaife "was forced to abandon his driving career when he took up the role with the racing legend told he could have no 'conflict of interest'" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 9/13).
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Sauber F1 driver NICO HÜLKENBERG, who was in negotiations with Ferrari for a '14 cockpit, "was informed of the Italian team's decision to go with Lotus driver KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN instead through a text message," according to BILD. Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal STEFANO DOMENICALI sent a text message containing the rejection to Hülkenberg's manager, WERNER HEINZ, on Tuedsay at 10:50pm. Heinz: "I would have wished for a phone call." Hülkenberg "is reportedly currently in negotiations with Lotus to take over Räikkönen's vacant spot for '14" (BILD, 9/11).
The Mexican national football team has hired VÍCTOR MANUEL VUCETICH to replace LUIS FERNANDO TENA as head coach. Tena coached just one match "as interim manager," which Mexico lost to the U.S. 2-0 Tuesday night. Vucetich is "best known for his recent tenure with Liga MX Monterrey," where he coached from '09-13 (RECORD, 9/11). ... League One Bristol City has appointed Managing Dir JON LANSDOWN to become the club's vice-chairman. He will be assisting current Chair KEITH DAWE. The club's four-man board is completed by new CEO DOUG HARMAN and recently appointed Non-Exec Dir ERNIE ARATHOON (Bristol City). ... Former int'l cricket players RICHARD HADLEE, MARTIN SNEDDEN and GEOFF ALLOTT "are set to return to New Zealand Cricket as part of a revamped board of directors." All three "have played prominent roles at NZC." Hadlee "was chairman of selectors until 2008," Snedden was CEO from '01-07 and Allott GM from '08-10. Snedden "appeals as the likely successor" to outgoing Chair CHRIS MOLLER, "given his background" (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 9/12).
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U.S. marketing expert and Madrid 2020 adviser TERRENCE BURNS said that Madrid Mayor ANA BOTELLA's "relaxing cup of coffee" phrase was his idea. Botella was widely criticized for saying, "nobody enjoys life the way that the Spanish do" and adding that the "best way to appreciate this is to drink coffee in Madrid's Plaza Mayor." Burns said, "Botella was perfect in her tone and she did exactly what I asked her to do. If people did not like her speech or how she made it, blame me, not her" (AS, 9/12). ... Former NBA player DOMINIQUE WILKINS surprised people playing basketball at a park in Bilbao, Spain when he "showed up and asked to join them in a game on Tuesday." Wilkins is in Spain this week promoting an exhibition match that will be played on Oct. 6 between the NBA Philadelphia 76ers and Spanish Basketball League (ACB) side Bilbao Basket (AS, 9/11). ... The Barcelona Federation of Neighborhood Associations (FAVB) "has communicated that it is opposed to renaming Olímpico de Barcelona Avenue in honor of deceased former IOC President JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH" (EFE, 9/12). ... Spanish Olympic steeplechaser ÁNGEL MULLERA has spoke out through his Twitter account against accusations that he used prohibited substances. Mullera tweeted, "I have chronic asthma, and the substance, Pulmicort (BUDESONIDA), is totally legal" (AS, 9/12). ... Axis Bank "has finally apologised to India's top women's squash player," DIPIKA PALLIKAL and "also retracted a remark questioning her mental toughness." However, Dipika "still intends to pursue a case of 'deficiency in service' against the bank 'on principle'" (TIMES OF INDIA, 9/12). ... Cyprus national football coach NICOS NIOPLIAS "has resigned after a spate of disappointing results left his side languishing at the bottom of their World Cup qualifying group" (REUTERS, 9/12). ... Former S-League footballer ADRIAN DHANARAJ died Wednesday night, "losing a battle against Hodgkin's lymphoma" (STRAITS TIMES, 9/12).
Olympic Gold Medalist JESSICA ENNIS-HILL: "Congratulations to @SkySportsLFS for winning corporate of the year @BeyondSport awards last night!Great to be part of the team."
Spanish Olympic steeplechaser ANGEL MULLERA: "Perdón por la tardanza. He tenido que atender a muchas llamadas. Primero, decir que si el año pasado estaba tranquilo, este año lo estoy más. Segundo, es una persecución en toda regla. Soy asmático crónico, y la substáncia, Pulmicort (BUDESONIDA) es totalmente legal." ... ("Sorry for the delay. I have had to attend to many calls. First, I will say that last year was calm, I will be here more this year. Second, it is a persecution in every rule. I have chronic asthma, and the substance, Pulmicort is completely legal.")
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