FC Barcelona youth coach XAVI BRAVO has decided to "leave Spain, and starting Nov. 25," Bravo will take over Hong Kong's youth teams. He will be responsible for "all the Hong Kong junior teams, from the U12s through the U19s." Bravo becomes the second former Barcelona coach this year to leave the club for Hong Kong after ALEX GÓMEZ COMES took over as coach of Hong Kong First Division side Kitchee in May (SPORT, 11/5). ... Former British Triathlon President and Chair SARAH SPRINGMAN CBE "has been confirmed" as one of two new members appointed to the Board of UK Sport. Springman, who is the current first VP of the Int'l Triathlon Union, "has served in a number of key positions in British sport over the last fifteen years" (BRITISH TRIATHLON, 11/6). ... Australian Football League GM TOM HARLEY announced that he will step down. Harley said he will focus on his family and Channel 7 commentary commitments. Harley has been responsible for all game development activities since '11 (AFL).
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Bayern Munich President ULI HOENEß "will step down from his postion on the supervisory board of the Allianz Beratungs- und Vertriebs AG on Nov. 30." To resign from this position was Hoeneß "personal decision" and could be the result of Monday's announcement that "he has to stand trial for tax evasion starting in March" (BILD, 11/6). ... A-League Sydney FC coach FRANK FARINA has hit back at "trolls" who he says have hurled "mistruths, abuse and personal insults" at him and his struggling A-League team. Farina: "As I've said many times before, I don't mind if people have a different opinion or question mine. But I do have a question for the small group of people -- who mostly hide behind fake names or no name -- who hurl mistruths, abuse and personal insults at me, some of the staff and the players" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11/6). ... Five-time Olympic Gold Medalist STEVE REDGRAVE "will officially open" the new Leicester Diabetes Centre on Thursday. The multi-million pound facility "is one of the largest diabetes centres in Europe" (24 DASH, 11/5). ... Former ManU Manager ALEX FERGUSON's autobiography "has become one of the most popular imported English books in China's on-line shopping." According to the statistics from Taobao, one of the largest online shopping sites in China, nearly 1,000 copies of Ferguson's "My Autobiography" have been sold since its release on Oct. 26, which makes it "one of the bestsellers in the category of imported English books" (XINHUA, 11/6). ... Charges of sexual abuse against former Spanish national gymnastics coach JESÚS CARBALLO have been dropped by a Madrid court, which "did not believe there was enough evidence to continue the investigation." The charges were filed by Spain's Superior Sports Council (CSD) and former gymnast GLORIA VISERAS (EL PAIS, 11/5). ... Spanish Football League (LFP) President JAVIER TEBAS announced that the LFP's new commission against match-fixing will be led by lawyer RODRIGO ARIAS. Arias previously served as "a specialist at sports law firm Sportia Law" (MARCA, 11/6). ... Argentine fighter SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO will take on RYAN LAFLARE of the U.S. Saturday night in Brazil, and his fight will "mark the first time an Argentine has participated in UFC" (OLE, 11/6). ... Argentine first division side River Plate President DANIEL PASSARELLA announced that he will not run for re-election as club president (CLARIN, 11/5).
Author JAMES MONTAGUE: "Qatar's refusal to free footballer Zahir Belounis is disgraceful. If they can't sort that out, believe nothing they say on worker rights."
London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Interesting day in the High Ct with Bernie. By turns fascinating and teeth grindingly dull."
AP's ROB HARRIS: "Told a legal firm has been representing him since about 2000, B Ecclestone replies: "Well I haven't been paying them". Laughter in court"
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