F1 exec MARTIN WHITMARSH "has officially left his role as McLaren team principal after spending 24 years with the team." RON DENNIS "took control of the team" when he was appointed CEO in January. A McLaren spokesperson said, "McLaren and Martin Whitmarsh have agreed amicably to part company."
After gaining control of the team at the start of the year, Dennis "formed a new management structure," with ERIC BOULLIER as racing director and JONATHAN NEALE appointed Group F1 CEO (BBC, 8/26). ... Infiniti has appointed TOMMASO VOLPE its new F1 global director, effective on Monday. Volpe will be responsible for Infiniti's activities around its title partnership and vehicle performance partnership with four-time F1 champion Infiniti Red Bull Racing. He will be based at Infiniti’s global headquarters in Hong Kong and report to Infiniti VP of Global Marketing VINCENT GILLET (Infiniti).
FROM THE SIDELINES: Liga MX side Puebla announced JOSÉ LUIS SÁNCHEZ SOLÁ as its new coach. He previously coached Puebla from '06-10 (MARCA, 8/26). ... Maccabi Tel Aviv coach OSCAR GARCIA left the club less than three months after joining the Israeli Premier League side on a two-year deal. Garcia informed Owner MITCH GOLDHAR of his decision recently and "spoke to the players before Tuesday's training session, notifying them that he will be stepping down" together with assistants RUBEN MARTINEZ and FRAN SANCHEZ.
Garcia "will be replaced by fellow Spaniard" PAKO AYESTARAN, 51 (JERUSALEM POST, 8/26).
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England midfielder FRANK LAMPARD announced his "retirement from international football after a career spanning 15 years on Tuesday" (AFP, 8/26). ... La Liga side Elche has "found an unexpected way to try to find a solution" to its budget problem. This "was found thanks to" Manager FRAN ESCRIBÁ, who agreed to delay receiving part of his salary to next year, so that €300,000 ($395,700) "corresponding to this season will instead count toward the budget for next year" (DIARIO FRANJIVERDE, 8/25). ... British architect ZAHA HADID "has sued over allegations that she has shown no concern about the deaths of construction workers in Qatar, where she has designed a stadium for the 2022 World Cup."
Hadid, who designed the Aquatics Centre for the London Olympics, said that New York Review of Books critic MARTIN FILLER "falsely implied that she was indifferent to the abuse of workers in Qatar, where nearly 1,000 Indians and Nepalese are estimated to have died in two years" (LONDON TIMES, 8/26). ...
Brit JOHN MCEWEN "has entered the race" for the Int'l Equestrian Federation (FEI) presidency -- the fourth European to declare their bid for the role.
McEwen, who is currently first VP of the FEI, will seek the presidency when the incumbent PRINCESS HAYA "steps down at the world governing body’s General Assembly in Baku, Azerbaijan, in mid-December." Three other candidates "have declared their interest in the role so far." They are PIERRE DURAND, 59, nominated by the French Equestrian Federation; ULF HELGSTRAND, 63, nominated by the Danish Equestrian Federation, and Swiss nominee PIERRE GENECAND, 64 (HORSETALK, 8/26). ... J.League Chair MITSURU MURAI on Monday "vowed to take swift action over the racist taunting" of Kawasaki Frontale’s Brazilian striker RENATO in a league match on Saturday.
Yokohama F. Marinos "banned a teenage spectator from watching their games indefinitely after he was caught waving a banana at Renato" (KYODO, 8/25). ... Japanese Upper House member and Japanese Olympic Committee official SEIKO HASHIMOTO on Saturday "apologized for trouble caused by a report which claimed she sexually harassed" 2010 Vancouver figure skating Bronze Medalist DAISUKE TAKAHASHI (KYODO, 8/23).
The Australian's RAY GATT: "OMG. Nothing better. Ice cold Peroni on Magnetic Island!!"
Sydney Daily Telegraph's RICHARD HINDS: "Email says I've been nominated for an "I Support Women In Sport Award". About time they introduced "Misogynist Of The Year"."
The PA's MARTYN ZIEGLER: "Lampard's biggest legacy to international football: the disallowed goal v Germany at 2010 WC that paved way for introduction of technology."
London Times' KEVIN EASON: "For those asking, trying to get free access to my blog at The Times. But then, I need the mortgage money!!"
ESPN's CARL WORSWICK: "A Millonarios fan has been killed in Peru ahead of Thursday's Copa Sudamericana 2nd leg vs Cesar Vallejo. Two other fans were also stabbed."
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