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Volume 10 No. 22

People and Pop Culture

Former ManU Manager ALEX FERGUSON appeared on PBS' "Charlie Rose" to discuss his tenure at the iconic club. Ferguson said while he was at ManU, "one or two offers came along" to leave the club for another "it always came back to this point: Why would you leave United? Where is a bigger challenge?" Ferguson said "when clubs came to me and offered me jobs, I thought to myself, 'Where is the bigger challenge: Creating history at United or trying to create it somewhere else where I have to start again and build on the philosophies I had?'" Ferguson said as manager, he "always made sure I was in control" so then the players "knew who the manager was." Ferguson noted of the ManU facilities, "When a player is here he sees the best facilities and we're always adapting and improving." Ferguson said despite winning the league title and FA Cup three times, as well as the Euro Cup, Chelsea Owner ROMAN ABRAMOVICH "changes the manager so many times." Ferguson added, "That works for them in terms of keep winning, but you look at the long-term situation and you'd worry about that." Ferguson was adamant that he is done managing, noting the "timing was perfect, I went out a winner, there's no way back. I look forward to the challenges of a new life." Host CHARLIE ROSE said Abramovich "has got a lot of money" and noted Ferguson "loves horses," and then said to Ferguson, what if he says  "Come manage Chelsea (and) I will give you the greatest stable of horses you've ever seen.'" Ferguson laughed and said, "It's a temptation. You always dream of having the (Kentucky) Derby winner" ("Charlie Rose," PBS, 10/1).

Australian Football League side Richmond has named PEGGY O'NEAL "the first female club president in AFL history." American-born O'Neal, a lawyer, "has lived in Australia for the past 24 years and served on the Richmond board" since late '05. Her elevation to succeed the retiring GARY MARCH "was decided at a board meeting on Thursday." The role "was expected to go to" either investment banker MAURICE O'SHANNASSY or veteran sports administrator MALCOLM SPEED. March acknowledged that while O'Neal's elevation "may seem surprising to outsiders given her low profile, he insisted it was no surprise to him." March: ''There were many capable candidates, but she was one of the outstanding candidates and she got the position on merit" (THE AGE, 10/3). ... Japanese Baseball League club Yokohama BayStars Manager KIYOSHI NAKAHATA "will stay on" next season "after agreeing to a new one-year deal on Thursday." Nakahata "had been ready to face the music after a disappointing season, but the 59-year-old got the backing of the BayStars and accepted a new contract" from club Owner MAKOTO HARUTA (KYODO, 10/3). ... Former Japanese Baseball League SoftBank Hawks and Yomiuri Giants player HIROKI KOKUBO "has accepted an offer to manage Japan's national baseball team." The infielder reached 2,000 career hits in '12 and retired at the end of that season and "has been working as an analyst in the media since." He has "neither coached nor managed" (KYODO, 10/3). ... Second Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf board member THOMAS ALLOFS has resigned from this position. Allofs was a board member since '03. The board announced Allofs' position will remain vacant for the moment (Fortuna Dusseldorf). ... MANUEL QUINTANAR has been named president of the Spanish Agency for Sports Health (AEPSAD). Quintanar, a "government delegate in Madrid," will replace ANA MUÑOZ (EL MUNDO, 10/3).

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Russian F1 team Marussia has signed a new contract with driver JULES BIANCHI, 23, that will keep him in the team's driver lineup for the '14 season (Marussia F1). ... German swimmer BRITTA STEFFEN, who won Gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Games, annouced her retirement. Steffen said in a statement, "I end my career with the knowledge of being one of the best in the world" (Ö24, 9/27). ... Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach has appointed ARIE VAN LENT as coach of its U19 team. The 43-year-old replaces HORST STEFFEN, who recently took over 3rd League side Stuttgarter Kickers (Borussia Mönchengladbach). ... Lithuania basketball coach JONAS KAZLAUSKAS "has resigned" and will focus on Chinese club Guangzhou Hongyuan. The Guangzhou source also disclosed that Lithuanian Basketball Federation CEO ALVYDAS SABONIS "has stepped down" (XINHUA, 10/3). ... Reigning Alpari World Match Racing Tour Champion IAN WILLIAMS has been nominated for the 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award (WMRT). ... World Cup-winning coach GRAHAM HENRY "faces an investigation" for saying referees and the judicial panel in this season's Rugby Championship have been "totally inconsistent" and are "a weakness in the game" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 10/3). ... Former Soviet basketball player SERGEI BELOV, who helped his team "beat the United States in the epic 1972 Olympic final in Munich, died Thursday" at the age of 69. His death was announced by his former team, CSKA Moscow (AP, 10/3).

AFL NAMES: Australian Football League side Essendon's suspended coach JAMES HIRD "is considering legal action against the AFL" after CEO ANDREW DEMETRIOU "claimed that Hird had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in the Essendon supplements saga." Hird's lawyer, STEVEN AMENDOLA, "denied his client had pleaded guilty to any charge over Essendon's controversial supplements program." Amendola said that the AFL "had withdrawn all charges against Hird under the deeds of settlement that he and the club signed with the AFL" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/3). ... AFL side West Coast named ADAM SIMPSON its new coach, with the club "overlooking dual premiership star" PETER SUMICH. Simpson, 37, "will be unveiled as the Eagles’ sixth coach at a press conference at club headquarters on Friday morning." Sumich, 45, "had been regarded as the favourite" to take over from JOHN WORSFOLD (NEWS LIMITED, 10/3).

London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Mood music from Fifa ex-co suggests we won't get definitive decision tomorrow but instead unveiling of a consultation - with same end result"

London Times' OLIVER KAY: "Beginning to welcome Fifa indecision over Qatar 2022. Their indecision tends to be preferable to their decisions"

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