Ardiles quits as Racing coach
Buenos Aires: Osvaldo Ardiles has quit as coach of Argentina’s Racing Club after their prospects of a title this season were dashed with their Libertadores Cup elimination.
“Since we ceased to be contenders in the local championship and the Libertadores Cup the moment has come to step aside,” Ardiles said when he announced his resignation at Racing’s training facilities on Thursday.
The former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur manager, known as Ossie, said he would take a break in England where he has had a home since joining Spurs as a player in 1978 after helping Argentina win the World Cup.
One of his assistants, former River Plate forward Emilio Comisso, will take over until the end of the Clausura championship in which Racing are fifth, 10 points behind leaders Boca Juniors with seven matches to go.
Rixon stays with NSW
Sydney: Steve Rixon has re-signed as coach of the New South Wales cricket team after leading the Blues to the first-class and one-day title double for the third time in a decade, it was announced Friday. Rixon, a former wicketkeeper who played 13 Tests for Australia, rejoined the Blues this year after a brief stint as New Zealand coach.
He had previously coached NSW from 1989-1995, winning three first-class titles and three one-day championships. He led them to the double in 1992-93 and 1993-94. Rixon was also linked with the vacant position as coach of Sri Lanka earlier this year.
Borg father again at 46
Stockholm: Five-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg has become a father for the second time. “I never thought it would be this great to become a father at the age of 46,” Borg told the Swedish daily Expressen on Friday after the birth of his son Leo on Thursday. “I feel young again.”
The Swede won 62 tournaments during his career, including six French Open titles.
IMG boss is no more
New York: Mark McCormack, once dubbed the most powerful man in sport, died Friday after failing to recover from a heart attack he suffered in January, his company — International Management Group (IMG) — said.
McCormack, 72, was the founder, chairman and CEO of IMG, the company widely known as the world’s largest representatives for sportsmen and sportswomen. IMG’s clients have included Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Serena and Venus Williams.
New York: Sweden have formally submitted a bid to host this year’s women’s World Cup, while Canada have asked to stage part of the tournament.
Fifa extended the deadline for proposals through the weekend. The US gave their proposal to Fifa last week, and US soccer officials are confident they will host the 16-nation meet. Fifa president Sepp Blatter said the Americans were the “front-runner.”
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