Bundesliga side FSV Mainz head coach THOMAS TUCHEL "has resigned from his position with immediate effect." Mainz GM CHRISTIAN HEIDEL said on Sunday, "As of today the collaboration is over." However, Tuchel's contract with the club "will not expire before the summer of '15." Heidel: "Contracts are always adhered to in Mainz. A transfer without the approval of FSV Mainz is not possible. And it will stay that way" (HANDELSBLATT, 5/11). ... Former England & Wales Cricket Board Chair DAVID MORGAN "has been nominated" to become the next president of Marylebone Cricket Club. Morgan, currently president of Current Glamorgan County Cricket Club, "was unveiled at the Club’s Annual General Meeting at Lord’s on Wednesday" (Lords).
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Austrian Alpine skier MANFRED PRANGER, 36, "announced his retirement from competitive skiing on Friday." The 2009 Slalom World Champion "won some of the sport's most prestigious races in his 16-year career" (KURIER, 5/9). ... Former Spanish long jumper YAGO LEMELA died on Thursday "of a heart attack" (CLARIN, 5/9). ... EPL Arsenal Manager ARSÈNE WENGER has called on UEFA to "clarify its punishments for breaches of Financial Fair Play" and suggested that "clubs such as Manchester City should simply be excluded from the Champions League." Wenger: "You would think you accept the rules and you're in the competition or you don't accept the rules and you're not in the competition -- then everybody would understand it" (London TELEGRAPH, 5/8). ... A Munich court heard on Friday that F1 CEO BERNIE ECCLESTONE promised former German banker GERHARD GRIBKOWSKY, "I will take care of you" in the "run-up to the sale of the bank's Formula One stake to private equity group CVC Capital Partners" in '05. Testifying in Ecclestone's bribery trial, Gribkowsky recounted his dealings with Ecclestone during the banker's period as "chief risk officer at BayernLB, as he negotiated the sale" of its 47% stake in the motorsport series (FINANCIAL TIMES, 5/9). ... Liverpool Manager BRENDAN RODGERS said he has agreed to the "framework" to extend his contract (BBC, 5/9).
Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "OK, so who didn't turn up? F1 promoters association statement says 17 countries were represented at meeting with Mr E on Saturday.."
New York Times' SAM BORDEN: "My take on #Eurovision: It's basically a hot mess of a summer camp talent show."
Real Madrid Castilla's DIEGO LLORENTE: "Menos mal que todavía hay personas que anteponen la salud de los jugadores por encima de todo... @juliodelamorena" ("It's a good thing there are still people that put the health of the players above everything")
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