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Volume 10 No. 24

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Scottish League 1 Rangers have appointed former Man City COO GRAHAM WALLACE as its new CEO, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The Dumfries-born businessman "will also join the Rangers International Football Club Plc board of directors as well as the club's board with immediate effect." Wallace "has experience in international management and executive roles," including four years at Man City, IMG and MTV Networks Europe (DAILY RECORD, 11/20). In Edinburgh, Gareth Mackie reported Wallace joined Man City as CFO in March '09 and was promoted to COO in Oct. '10, before leaving the club at the start of this year. He was previously senior VP and CFO at IMG (SCOTSMAN, 11/20). The BBC reported Rangers are due to hold their Annual General Meeting on Dec. 19. Proposals to make former Chair MALCOLM MURRAY as well as PAUL MURRAY, SCOTT MURDOCH and ALEX WILSON directors "will be on the agenda" (BBC, 11/20). STV reported despite taking up his role immediately, Wallace "will have to be re-appointed at the annual general meeting." In a statement, Wallace said, "For more than 140 years, this club has been recognised throughout world football and whilst the last few years have been distressing, there is no reason why Rangers cannot be even stronger than we once were before these challenges presented themselves. That strength will be built upon strong leadership of the club and the continuing support of the fans" (STV, 11/20).

The ATP has announced the appointment of CHRIS KERMODE as exec chairman and president. Kermode will begin a three-year term at the helm of the ATP starting on Jan. 1, and will be based in the ATP’s London office. Kermode has been involved in tennis for more than 30 years, first as a player, and then most recently serving as tournament director of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, as well as managing director of the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (ATP). In London, Eleanor Crooks wrote Kermode is "the man behind the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena" and he was "the unanimous choice of the ATP board." The 48-year-old former player "is hugely popular" with players, and ANDY MURRAY and ROGER FEDERER lauded the appointment. Wimbledon champion Murray said, "I've known and worked with Chris for many years and he gets on well with the players. He's done a great job with Queen's and the World Tour Finals and I look forward to working with him in his new role." ATP Player Council President Federer said, "On behalf of the players, I am delighted to welcome Chris as our new ATP executive chairman and president" (PA, 11/20). The BBC wrote that Kermode succeeds BRAD DREWETT, who died in May "after battling auto neurone disease" (BBC, 11/20). ESPN wrote that after his playing career ended, Kermode "worked as one of London's top tennis coaches." After moving on to work in film and music public relations, "he was installed as managing director" of the Barclays event when it moved to London in '08 (ESPN, 11/20).

TIME FOR INNOVATION: In London, Neil Harman wrote Kermode "takes charge at a time when innovation and collaboration is vital." After a headhunting firm was employed three months ago, Kermode "emerged with the greatest share of support from a six-man board comprised of three representatives apiece from the tournaments and the players." He also had a fan in former LTA Exec Chair Etienne de Villiers, who recommended him as a replacement for LTA CEO Roger Draper, but Kermode "was not even afforded an intervied." De Villiers said, "I found that totally shocking" (LONDON TIMES, 11/21).

Real Madrid on Wednesday announced that it has relieved ALBERTO TORIL, "the coach of Real Madrid Castilla -- the club's junior team -- of his coaching duties." JOSÉ MANUEL DÍAZ, who currently coaches the Real Madrid C team, will take over as coach of Real Madrid Castilla, which competes in the Spanish second division. Real Madrid informed that it has offered Toril "a position as director of youth development" (EL MUNDO, 11/20). ... Entertainment Agency Limelight Sports added former Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 didital marketer LUCIEN BIGOIS to its marketing department. Bigois "will work across Limelight Sports' portfolio including Energizer Night Run, London Duathlon and social media campaigns." Bigois joins Limelight Sports "after five years with Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One" (ISPORTCONNECT, 11/20). ... Tennis South Africa CEO IAN SMITH announced on Wednesday that "he will step down to pursue other interests" after nearly 10 years at the helm. Since his appointment in '04, Smith "has played a key role in turning TSA's fortunes around." He secured significant sponsorship and through grants "was able to implement numerous programmes to develop tennis at all levels." Smith negotiated the five-year deal between South Africa Airways and the ATP "that resulted in the internationally acclaimed South African Open" that ran from '09-11 at Montecasino (SAPA, 11/20).

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IOC President THOMAS BACH made his first visit to South Korea Wednesday (YONHAP NEWS, 11/20). ... India senior women's field hockey team coach INDERJIT SINGH GILL died "in a fatal road accident near Sangrur in Punjab." Gill "was also part of the coaching staff of the senior women's team that won the silver medal at the recently concluded third women's Asian Champions Trophy in Japan" (PTI, 11/20). ...  English Premiership squad Harlequins' rugby announced Dir of Rugby CONOR O'SHEA, head coach JOHN KINGSTON and skills coach COLLIN OSBORNE have extended their contracts through the '15-16 season. This group of coaches has overseen the most successful period in Harlequins history, winning four trophies over the past three seasons (Harlequins). ... British boxer TYSON FURY announced his retirement from boxing on Twitter as "the fallout from the collapse" of his fight with DAVID HAYE continues. The British heavyweight "saw his fight with the former world champion cancelled in September after the Londoner suffered a cut eye in training." The fight "was rescheduled for February but again that had to be cancelled after Haye was forced to have shoulder surgery." Haye "has since been advised to retire from the sport due to the injury" (EUROSPORT, 11/20). ... A Brisbane newspaper has begun its coverage of the opening Ashes Test by banning STUART BROAD's name. The Courier-Mail has implemented a ''Broad Ban'' for the duration of the Gabba Test match. Whenever they have to refer to the bowler, the paper will call him "Stuart Fraud" (EUROSPORT, 11/20). ... Football Federation of Australia CEO DAVID GALLOP "has criticised" Socceroos captain LUCAS NEILL "for swearing at the crowd" during Tuesday night’s friendly against Costa Rica. Neill "was booed by a section of fans." Gallop: "While that kind of crowd behavior is not what we want to see, Lucas should have let it slide" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11/20). ... Qatar women’s national team coach MONIKA STAAB has been nominated for the 2014 German Football Ambassador award. The other nominees announced were Jamaica trainer WINFRIED SCHÄFER and Namibia Technical Dir KLAUS STÄRK (THE PENINSULA, 11/20).

BBC's JENNIE GOW: "Just looking at the new provisional calendar for next #F1 season looks like number of back to back races will be significantly less. Half!"

London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Blatter said talks showed "the important role football can play in generating publicity and thus bringing about change". He has some front."

AP's ROB HARRIS: "Good to see West Ham players at Olympic Stadium today. Showed an interest in the project, rather than seeming like they'd been dragged there"

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