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Volume 10 No. 22

People and Pop Culture

Havas Sports & Entertainment announced that Global COO JEROME DE CHAUNAC will oversee global operations from his new base in N.Y. The move is a continuation of the strategic development of the network internationally, which has seen a reorganization of its global team, after President & Global CEO LUCIEN BOYER’s relocation to London at the beginning of the year. De Chaunac will maintain his global role which focuses on developing the network of 35 offices in 24 countries, as well as pushing commercial growth and partnerships (Havas SE). ... The three sitting members up for re-election at this year's South Australian Cricket Association board election -- President ANDREW SINCLAIR, SALLY NIEHAUS and NATHAN ADCOCK -- "have been returned to the 13-member board, echoing approval for the revolutionary overhaul of the state’s new cricket and football home." A field of 17 candidates, including the sitting members, "had nominated" (THE ADVERTISER, 9/3). ... Second Bundesliga club Erzgebirge Aue "is without leadership" after President LOTHAR LÄSSIG announced his resignation on Wednesday. Lässig's "move follows the resignation" of VP JENS STOPP and "the firing of head coach" FALKO GÖTZ. Lässig said, "I've been thinking if I'm still the right person for the position of president. Unfortunately, the negative voices on social media have contributed to my doubts and led me to my decision to step down from my position with immediate effect" (BILD, 9/3).

COACHES/MANAGERS: Former ManU midfielder RAY WILKINS "has been appointed the head coach of Jordan." The ex-England int'l, who played for ManU between '79-84, was most recently assistant to RENE MUELENSTEEN at Fulham, until his dismissal in February. Wilkins, 57, "will be assisted" by former Arsenal forward FRANK STAPLETON (BBC, 9/3). ... League Championship club Huddersfield Town appointed CHRIS POWELL as its new manager. The former England defender "has been out of work since being sacked by Charlton in March." Former Huddersfield player ALEX DYER "will join as Powell’s assistant and they will work" with fellow assistant manager STEVE THOMPSON, first-team coach STEVE EYRE and head of goalkeeping NICK COLGAN (London GUARDIAN, 9/3).

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Ferrari F1 driver FERNANDO ALONSO "hopes to extend his Ferrari contract beyond the end of 2016 and reckons he could have 10 more years of racing in Formula One." Alonso: "It's a year now that I've been saying I want to stay at Ferrari and extend my contract. That's my wish, I repeat it every two weeks, at the end of every race, yet it's never said. Talk of other teams has never come from my lips" (REUTERS, 9/3). ... Former Newcastle United striker MICHAEL CHOPRA "is ready to surrender his British passport to represent the country of his origin, India, and realise his dream of playing senior-level international football." Chopra "qualifies to play for India due to his parentage" under FIFA rules but government regulations in India "allow only a person holding a valid passport to represent the national team" (REUTERS, 9/3). ... Former Argentine tennis professional GUILLERMO VILAS has said that he "would not have any problems" coaching the Davis Cup team together with JOSE LUIS CLERC after current coach MARTIN JAITE "leaves the team following the match against Israel for World Group permanence." Vilas: "If I’m offered the position I would accept it. I would not have any problems sharing the coaching position with Cler, either" (BUENOS AIRES HERALD, 9/2). ... Hong Kong Open organizers "are waiting anxiously" to hear from EUGENIE BOUCHARD "on whether she will turn up for their inaugural event next week after the Canadian pin-up girl suffered badly in the heat during her fourth-round loss at the US Open." Tournament Dir KENNETH LOW said, "We are trying to get in touch with Bouchard's manager. We have no news from her" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 9/2). ... Australia's "banished" athletics coach ERIC HOLLINGSWORTH "is understood to have fallen on his sword and quit his job" after being asked why he should not be sacked following the SALLY PEARSON fiasco at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Hollingsworth's resignation "is expected to be announced on Thursday" after he officially tendered it to CEO DALLAS O'BRIEN and President DAVID GRACE on Wednesday (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 9/3). ... Australian rugby league Test and Queensland Origin back BRENT TATE "has announced his retirement, accepting medical advice that returning from the ruptured ACL sustained during this year's State of Origin series was one fight too many." Tate "had already returned to play after three previous knee reconstructions" (CANBERRA TIMES, 9/3).

I'M OUT: FA Vice-Chair DAVID GILL "has ruled himself out of standing" for the British FIFA vice-presidency following UEFA President MICHEL PLATINI's "decision not to run against" FIFA President SEPP BLATTER. Gill, the former ManU CEO who is now a UEFA exec committee member, "was the leading candidate for the post but it is understood he has told senior figures at the FA that it is 'very unlikely' that he will allow his name to be put forward." Gill has also told Platini of his intentions to remain at UEFA but not stand for FIFA "as he does not want to work under Blatter" (PA, 9/2).

CAPTAIN'S CHOICE: Debutant STEPHEN GALLACHER, IAN POULTER and LEE WESTWOOD "are the three wildcard selections" for PAUL MCGINLEY's European Ryder Cup team to face the U.S. England's former world No. 1 LUKE DONALD missed out on the tournament together with Italy's FRANCESCO MOLINARI (BBC, 9/2). ... U.S. team captain TOM WATSON selected KEEGAN BRADLEY, HUNTER MAHAN and WEBB SIMPSON as his three wildcard selections. The Americans "have lost five of the past six biennial team golf showdowns against Europe" (AFP, 9/3).

The AP's ROB HARRIS: "Blatter asked in Austria if FIFA's a dictatorship:"This is not a question,this is your declaration &you're responsible for that declaration""

Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "Lewis and Nico will both be in tomorrow's FIA press conference. Will the FIA put them side by side, or one behind the other?"

London Telegraph's HENRY WINTER: "Rooney on 35k-40k crowd at Wembley: "If you look around Europe it'll be 1 of the highest attendances but it's a backlash from the World Cup'"

Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "Can German media please, pretty please stop talking about the new national team captain. Position not that big a deal... really, honestly."

NBC's WILL BUXTON: "Ferrari tech deal for goes way beyond simple engine supply. Huge boost for the team and its competitive prospects in 2016. "

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