Former Chelsea defender PAUL ELLIOTT was appointed to the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board, "a year after being at the centre of a race row." Elliott "will now resume his career tackling discrimination and promoting inclusion in football." Elliott said, "I have been committed voluntarily for the last 30 years in this area and I still feel I have much to offer. I am honored, humbled and delighted to be offered a role by The FA on their Inclusion Advisory Board" (London EVENING STANDARD, 7/15). Elliott will replace MICHAEL JOHNSON, who "quit six months ago after footage emerged of the former Birmingham defender making homophobic comments." Johnson "resigned from the IAB in the wake of footage emerging that showed him describing homosexuality as 'detestable'" (London DAILY MAIL, 7/15). ... Iran Football Federation President ALI KAFFASHIAN said that CARLOS QUEIROZ "will extend his contract on Thursday." Queiroz’s contract "expired after the 2014 FIFA World Cup but the Iranian federation has shown interest to keep the Portuguese coach until the 2015 AFC Asian Cup." Queiroz "is reportedly also a potential candidate for the vacant South Africa coaching job" (TEHRAN TIMES, 7/14).
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The first black woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal, ALICE COACHMAN DAVIS, "has died in the US at the age of 90." She "set a new Olympic record, winning gold in the high jump at the 1948 London Games."
She "died in hospital near her home in Albany, Georgia, on Monday, three months after suffering a stroke" (BBC, 7/15). ... Northern Irish golfer STEPHANIE MEADOW announced that Ireland "will be her country of choice, if selected," at the 2016 Rio Games. Former British Amateur champion Meadow said on Twitter, "I have decided to join RORY MCILROY in representing Ireland in the Olympics." Meadow has the same GB or Ireland option as McIlroy and GRAEME MCDOWELL (BELFAST TELEGRAPH, 7/14). ...Two-time Olympic and world champion MO FARAH "may not be fit enough to take part in the Commonwealth Games which begin in Glasgow later this month." Asked if he was going to be fit for the Games, he said, "I don't know. Hopefully I should be good. I have missed a bit of training, but we'll make a decision further down the line" (REUTERS, 7/14). ... ALAN HANSEN "has left the door open for a return to TV just days after leaving the BBC and Match of the Day." The former Scotland defender, who won eight league titles in 14 years at Liverpool, said that "he would be tempted to return to punditry to work on Champions League games featuring his former club" (London DAILY MAIL, 7/15). ... Australian cyclist SIMON GERRANS "has signed a new three-year deal with cycling team Orica-GreenEdge." Gerrans "has been with the Australian team since its inception in 2012 and will now remain with them until the end of 2017" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/16). ... South Korea on Tuesday named Korea Sailing Federation President PARK SOON-HO "as the head of its athletic delegation to this year's Asian Games at home."
Park "will lead the South Korean delegation" at the Asian Games to be held in Incheon from Sept. 19-Oct. 4 (YONHAP, 7/15).
NIGHT ON THE TOWN: South African sprinter OSCAR PISTORIUS' "attempt to resurrect his social life backfired spectacularly this weekend after the athlete got into a fight at a nightclub."
It was the first time the sprinter, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, "had been seen relaxing out in public after four months of a trial that included 30 days in a mental hospital and non-stop, round-the-clock global media scrutiny." Pistorius "was in the VIP section of a swanky Johannesburg nightclub with a cousin when a fellow reveller confronted him on details of the murder case" (LONDON TIMES, 7/15).
ON THE COVER: Barcelona's LIONEL MESSI "has been anounced as the global cover star" for the latest edition of the FIFA video game series. EA Sports has also announced the game will be released in the U.K. on Sept. 26. EA Sports "will announce the regional cover stars for their various editions in coming weeks" (London INDEPENDENT, 7/15).
London Times' DAVID CHARTER: "Oh dear. The Germans have landed and the huge crowd on fan mile in Berlin is singing "football's coming home"...in English"
Sky News' PAUL KELSO: "I love football & have loved Brazil, but that's probably enough of both for now. Obrigado e boa noite."
London Times' OLIVER KAY: "About to fly home from Rio after 45 nights away. What a World Cup. What a place. & what a joy to be going home to family. I'll be back soon"
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