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Volume 10 No. 25

People and Pop Culture

FIA President JEAN TODT will return unopposed after "his only rival pulled the plug on his election chances," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. DAVID WARD, the former right-hand man to MAX MOSLEY, "failed to penetrate the FIA’s complex system of nominations to garner enough support to stand." It is "a humiliating defeat for a man who has such high standing inside the FIA and was hoping to challenge some of the organisation’s problems of governance and transparency." It is "a huge success for Todt, though, who can now be returned to office without a fraught election process" (LONDON TIMES, 11/14). REUTERS' Alan Baldwin reported Friday "is the deadline for entering a candidate list, with Ward failing to secure the required backing of 26 FIA member clubs and seven Vice-Presidents for Sport." The 56-year-old Briton "was director general of the FIA's independent foundation for 12 years until he announced in August that he was standing against Frenchman Todt, 67." In his letter, Ward wrote, "The use of support agreements in advance of the election makes it very hard for any candidate to obtain the required Vice Presidents for their list." Ward "hoped that proposed statute changes would make it easier in future for candidates to mount a presidential challenge." Ward: "According to the Senate President NICK CRAW: 'The idea of electing Sport VPs democratically is not practical.' I strongly disagree with this. It is perfectly practical to be democratic. The reason why the FIA leadership finds democracy impractical is that they fear it would be less easy for them to control regions that elect their own leaders" (REUTERS, 11/14).

A-League Central Coast Mariners coach GRAHAM ARNOLD will move to Japanese club Vegalta Sendai (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11/14). Central Coast "confirmed" former Mariners assistant PHIL MOSS as its replacement for Arnold. Moss "signed a three-year-deal to lead the club" until the end of the '15-16 season (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11/14). ... EPL West Ham United "has poached" Arsenal Marketing Dir ANGUS KINNEAR "to become the club's managing director." Kinnear "will be responsible for the club’s current and future commercial and sponsorship operations, together with other specific areas relating to the team’s migration" to London's Olympic Stadium in '16. He "will join the club in the new year" after a seven-year career at Arsenal (MARKETING MAGAZINE, 11/14). ... Investment banker NORMAN CRIGHTON "has been appointed" to the board of directors of Scottish League 1 Rangers, and "will chair an Investment Committee at the club." Crighton’s appointment as a non-exec director "was announced in a Stock Exchange statement" Thursday morning. The Dundonian has 23 years of experience in the investment field, and is set to head up a committee whose remit will include “overseeing capital projects” (SCOTSMAN, 11/14).

Arabian Gulf League side Al Wasl "have confirmed" HECTOR CUPER as its manager after he signed an 18-month deal in Dubai on Thursday. Cuper replaces LAURENT BANIDE, who "departed last month after a run of poor results" (THE NATIONAL, 11/14). ... McLaren has "chosen youth" and will put KEVIN MAGNUSSEN in its car next season. Magnussen "made himself first choice after the team decided to ditch" SERGIO PEREZ, "the struggling Mexican." Perez was "allowed to announce his departure from the team on Twitter" Wednesday ahead of the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas. At the age of 23, Perez, "who seemed to have a bright future, now appears to have none at all in F1 unless he can persuade the few remaining teams left without a line-up for next season to take him on" (LONDON TIMES, 11/14). ... England women's football captain CASEY STONEY "has become the first female member" of the Professional Footballers' Association's management committee. She joins Liverpool's KOLO TOURE, West Ham's MATT JARVIS and Wigan's GRANT HOLT as "new members on the committee" (BBC, 11/13). ... La Liga side Villarreal has rewarded coach MARCELINO GARCIA TORAL with a two-year contract extension which ties him in until '16. Marcelino, 48, "took over at the Madrigal in the second division in January and guided the club to promotion back into the top flight" (REUTERS, 11/14).

THE END OF THE LINE: Britain's most successful racing export DARIO FRANCHITTI has confirmed that he will retire from the sport after a crash last month in an IndyCar race in Houston. Franchitti broke two vertebrae and fractured his ankle near the end of the Grand Prix of Houston (LONDON TIMES, 11/15), ... SEBASTIAN VETTEL test drove the Infiniti Q50 at the Nashville Superspeedway Thursday (Infiniti). ... BMX world champion CAROLINE BUCHANAN and rowing world champion KIM CROW "have shared the top honour" at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) awards night. The pair "were named joint winners" of the athlete of the year award in Canberra on Thursday, beating a list of finalists that included MATTHEW COWDREY (swimming), CATE CAMPBELL (swimming), EVAN O'HANLON (athletics) and ALEX PULLIN (snowboard) (THE AGE, 11/14). ... Australian broadcaster RICHIE BENAUD "is still in hospital and unlikely to perform his commentary duties in the first Ashes Test." Benaud "could be out of action until the Boxing Day Test at the MCG in his longest absence from the commentary box in decades." Benaud, 83, "was taken to Sydney's Prince of Wales hospital three weeks ago after a car accident near his home in the Sydney suburb of Coogee" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/15). ...Wales national team Manager CHRIS COLEMAN "will remain in charge" after signing a contract extension with the Wales FA. The new two-year deal "will take him through to the end of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign" (EUROSPORT, 11/15).

BBC's JENNIE GOW: "Interesting Pastor Maldonado is 500% sure he'll be in #f1 next season but was careful to say no deal with PSVSA is in place...yet! #F1"

NBC's WILL BUXTON: "Sad for Perez but happy McLaren have plucked a driver from their academy. Shows the system works. Hope Magnussen gets a good crack at it."

F1 driver LEWIS HAMILTON: "Congrats to @sachin_rt. He is a true sporting legend and achieved so much in his incredible career. #ThankYouSachin"

London Daily Mirror's OLIVER HOLT: "Shame about the iPro Stadium. Almost as bad as b2net Stadium. Which is now Proact Stadium. Sad, this loss of identity befalling our stadia"

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