The German Handball Federation (DHB) has appointed MARK SCHOBER as its new general secretary. The 41-year-old will take on his new position on Sept. 1. In addition to becoming the federation's new general secretary, Schober will receive a spot including voting rights on the DHB's board of directors and become the new managing director of DHB-owned marketing company Handball Marketing Gesellschaft (DHB). ... Indian PM NARENDRA MODI's close aide AMIT SHAH was on Friday "elected unanimously as the president of the Gujarat Cricket Association." Modi "had stepped down as GCA chief after he became the Prime Minister" (Indian BUSINESS STANDARD, 6/13).
... EPL side Everton academy manager ALAN IRVINE "has been appointed as West Bromwich Albion's new head coach." Irvine "agreed to a 12-month rolling contract." He will bring with him ROB KELLY "to work as joint-assistant head coach" alongside KEITH DOWNING, while DEAN KIELY "will remain as goalkeeping coach" (London GUARDIAN, 6/14).
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La Liga side Celta Vigo's MARIO BERMEJO, "a forward until last season," is retiring as a player and will "now join the Celta coaching staff" led by Sporting Dir MIGUEL TORRECILLA (EP, 6/15). ... WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion CARL FROCH "has signed up to appear on the BBC's new celebrity gymnastics show Tumble" (SPORTS MOLE, 6/13). ... EPL club Everton Manager ROBERTO MARTINEZ "has penned a new contract that will keep him in charge of Everton until 2019." Martinez "led the Toffees to their highest ever points haul in the Premier League with 72 points as they finished just outside the Champions League places" (London INDEPENDENT, 6/13). ... Former England midfielder DAVID BENTLEY "has retired at the age of 29 after 'falling out of love with the game.'"
The former Tottenham and Blackburn player "last played more than a year ago and says he now wants to focus on his family and business interests" (BBC, 6/13). ... Indian cricket player MURALI KARTIK on Saturday "retired from competitive cricket having played eight Tests and 37 ODIs for India between 1999 and 2007 taking 24 and 37 wickets respectively" (PTI, 6/14).
London Independent's SAM WALLACE: "I wonder if Budweiser's execs told Gary Cahill that he'd have to 'pretend to be a rock star' before he turned up to film that TV commercial"
PA's MARTYN ZIEGLER: ''French national anthem fails on PA system in Port Alegre - that'll teach Platini to challenge FIFA."
AP's ROB HARRIS: "Globo coverage seems very accessible to Brazilians who aren't football fanatics (sure there are some), while Sport TV there for real fans"
ESPN's NICK DORRINGTON: "the #ECU ministry of tourism estimate that 5,000 Ecuadorians have travelled to Brazil for the World Cup - around 1,000 by land"
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