The British Red Cross announced the appointment of DAVID BERNSTEIN as chairman of its board of trustees beginning Jan. 1. Bernstein is a former chairman of the FA, Wembley Stadium and Man City. Bernstein replaces CHARLES ALLEN following his recent appointment to the House of Lords (Red Cross). ... Hong Kong Rugby Football Union Chair TREVOR GREGORY "was appointed president" of the Asian Rugby Football Union at the governing body's annual general meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Gregory "will assume the post with immediate effect," replacing outgoing ADISEK HEMYOO, of Thailand, who stepped down after four years in the role (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 12/13). ... EPL West Brom has announced that head coach STEVE CLARKE has been "relieved of his duties and placed on gardening leave." The decision "comes just hours after Saturday's 1-0 loss at Cardiff City that extended the side's run without a Premier League win to six matches" (ESPN, 12/14).
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ANDY MURRAY was named the Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday night at the BBC Sports Personality Awards in London. Cricket player LEIGH HALFPENNY was the runner up and jockey A.P. McCOY finished third. The Lions rugby union team was named the BBC's team of the year, and its coach WARREN GATLAND won top coach honors (LONDON TIMES, 12/16).
TEAM TIME INDUCTION: The Int'l Cricket Council on Friday inducted Australia wicketkeeper-batsman ADAM GILCHRIST into its Hall of Fame "during the tea interval of the ongoing third Ashes Test at the WACA." Gilchrist has become the 71st male member of the Hall of Fame, and is the second '13-14 inductee to be announced alongside WAQAR YOUNIS (PTI, 12/13). ... Iran world champion wrestler AMIR AZIZ ALI AKBARI, who won the 120kg-weight class title in September in Hungary, "has been banned for life after a second doping offence." The athlete "tested positive for anabolic steroids during the world championships in Budapest in September" (REUTERS, 12/14). ... Spanish state of Catalan-based football side Mataro President ALBERT GILBERT died on Sunday at the age of 53 "after suffering a heart attack" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 12/15). ... Former ManU Manager ALEX FERGUSON will be honored with a Diamond Award at Sunday's 60th BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. Ferguson led ManU to a 13th EPL title in May (ManU).
BBC's LEE MCKENZIE: "In our finery and heading to @BBCSPOTY #SPOTY excited!"
London Times' KEVIN EASON: "Sauber take Adrian Sutil. Assuming Srotkin has finished his homework and gets his Superlicence, that's that"
London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Murray wins. Quite rightly. They got the trophy there quick."
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