World Rugby appointed MARISSA PACE as CMO. Pace will begin her new role as head of a newly-formed marketing department in mid-January. She will be responsible for the federation's fan-engagement and marketing strategies as the sport continues to reach and inspire new audiences (World Rugby). ... Cricket NSW is on the search for a new CEO with ANDREW JONES to leave the organization at the end of the season. Jones, who started in the role five years ago, informed state delegates of his decision to leave at a meeting on Monday (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 12/3). ... The IAAF appointed JON RIDGEON as CEO following approval by the IAAF Council. Ridgeon, 41, started out as an athlete competing in the hurdles from '84-96. He has since set up and run successful businesses in sport and was responsible for transforming British Athletics in '98 to the most commercially successful athletics governing body in the world (IAAF).
MANAGERS/COACHES: K League 1 club Suwon Bluewings hired former Korea FA Technical Dir LEE LIM-SAENG as head coach. The team signed Lee to a two-year contract (YONHAP, 12/3). ... Super Rugby side Crusaders assistant coach BRAD MOOAR will succeed WAYNE PIVAC as Pro14 side Scarlets head coach at the end of the season. Mooar helped Crusaders win the Super Rugby title this year. The 44-year-old will join Scarlets next summer, with Pivac leaving his role to take over as Wales head coach at the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup (BBC, 12/3). ... MARK HUGHES was sacked as EPL side Southampton manager after eight months in charge. Assistant coach KELVIN DAVIS will take charge of the team for the game against Tottenham on Wednesday. Southampton is "set to approach" Bundesliga side Leipzig Manager RALPH HASENHUTTL about the manager's job (BBC, 12/3).
Toro Rosso Formula 1 confirmed New Zealand's BRENDON HARTLEY will "lose his drive" for '19. He will be replaced by British-born Thai driver ALEXANDER ALBON. Hartley "endured an up and down time with the team" and finished the F1 season by coming in 12th at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix following an early crash (STUFF, 11/27). ... JÜRGEN KLOPP was charged with misconduct by the FA "over his celebratory pitch invasion" in Sunday's Merseyside derby. The Liverpool manager sprinted onto the Anfield pitch to embrace goalkeeper ALISSON following DIVOCK ORIGI’s "dramatic" 96th minute winner against Everton. He later admitted his reaction was "not cool" and claimed to have apologized to Everton Manager MARCO SILVA on the final whistle (London GUARDIAN, 12/3). ... Former West Indies cricket captain CHRIS GAYLE was awarded $300,000 for "being defamed in articles claiming he exposed himself to a female massage therapist." A NSW Supreme Court jury ruled in favor of Gayle, who sued Fairfax Media over articles published in Jan. '16 (AAP, 12/3). ... Boxing manager FRANK WARREN and the British Boxing Board of Control will "complain about the scorecards" for TYSON FURY's drawn WBC heavyweight title fight with DEONTAY WILDER after the challenger was "controversially denied victory." Fury "excelled throughout," recovering from two knockdowns, but was "harshly" made the winner with only one of the three ringside judges. Warren said, "I've spoken to CHARLIE GILES, president of the British Boxing Board of Control, and they, along with us, will be writing to the WBC asking that they look at what's gone on there and to order the rematch" (AP, 12/2). ... UEFA announced that Premier League representative MATHIEU MOREIL will replace La Liga President JAVIER TEBAS on the organization's strategic committee. Moreil will serve in the role until the end of next season (AS, 12/3). ... Three-time Wimbledon champion BORIS BECKER on Monday "dropped his claim of diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings because of his role as a sporting ambassador for the Central African Republic." The 51-year-old German lodged the claim earlier this year, "successfully blocking a sale of his sporting trophies and personal memorabilia to recover debt" (AFP, 12/3). ... A hospital apologized to ALEX FERGUSON after staff was "accused of spying on his medical records while he was having treatment for a brain haemorrhage." The hospital said that several staff were under investigation "in relation to an information governance breach" and that it had "apologised unreservedly" (London GUARDIAN, 12/3).
IN MEMORIAM: Former Barcelona President JOSEP LLUÍS NUÑEZ died on Monday at the age of 87. He led the club from '78-00, making him the longest-serving president in Barcelona history (Barcelona).