Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) club Medi Bayreuth has appointed MARTIN SCHIERHOLZ as its new administrative managing director. Schierholz started his new position on June 2 (Medi Bayreuth). ... Italian coach ROBERT MANCINI "has parted company with Turkish club Galatasaray after just nine months in the job." Mancini arrived in Istanbul at the end of September on a three-year deal "after being sacked" by Man City in May '13 (AFP, 6/11). ... Former Australian Football League CEO ANDREW DEMETRIOU "has accepted his first board position" since departing the AFL, becoming a shareholder of the sports marketing company Bastion Group, which helps broker sponsorship deals for large organizations including AFL clubs. AFL CEO GILLON MCLACHLAN's brother, HAMISH, owns 25% of Bastion which was founded by former Adelaide and St. Kilda footballer FERGUS WATTS. Demetriou "has also been strongly linked" to board positions with the Seven Network and Crown (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/11).
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MARTINA HINGIS is returning to Wimbledon "for the first time in seven years" to play in the women's doubles tournament. Her partner is Russia's VERA ZVONAREVA, a former doubles winner and singles runner-up (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/11). ... Cyclist BRADLEY WIGGINS "has been included" in England's 31-member Commonwealth Games team. Wiggins will compete in the road race event. Olympic champions LAURA TROTT, JOANNA ROWSELL, DANI KING, ED CLANCY, STEVEN BURKE, JASON KENNY and PHILIP HINDES "have also been selected" (BBC, 6/11). ... Real Madrid and Spanish national team member SERGIO RAMOS was appointed as UNICEF Spain ambassador during an event with youth in Curitiba, Brazil. His appointment came during the kickoff of the Team UNICEF initiative, which aims to use sport to promote peace, respect, and also encourage cooperation and leadership among young people. It also focuses on protecting children from violence (UNICEF).
BLATCHE ON BOARD: NBA Brooklyn Nets center ANDRAY BLATCHE became a Filipino on Wednesday after President BENIGNO AQUINO "rushed through a special citizenship law to ensure the powerful centre could play for the Philippines" at this year’s FIBA World Cup. Aquino's spokesperson EDWIN LACIERDA said, “We confirm that the president signed (the bill) granting Filipino citizenship to Mr. Blatche.” Philippines "will be one of the biggest underdogs at the World Cup, and politicians had been desperate to lure Blatche." In contrast to the many bills that can languish in Congress for years amid lengthy debates, legislators "swiftly passed the Blatche naturalisation law" (AFP, 6/11).
London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Fifa press release lands headed: "No Football Without Ethics and Integrity". No sense of irony, more like."
Reuters' TARIQ PANJA: ''Amid all the talk of tackling racism at fifa Congress the sight of black cleaners dressed in French maids outfits jarred"
Sky Sports' PAUL KELSO: "Don't know about anyone else, but after a week of Fifa self-indulgence & local anxiety & unease, I could do with the football breaking out"
BBC's DAVID BOND: ''Blatters curve ball. Managers challenges classic tactic to distract us while the debate about Qatar and corruption rages."