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Newcastle Co-Owner Amanda Staveley Advises Crown Jewel In Crisis-Ridden Golf Breakaway

With the LIV Golf breakaway facing an image crisis, Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley is poised to offer invaluable insights to the Saudi-backed company, after achieving early success at St James’ Park. Staveley, along with her fellow co-owner and husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi, are both avid golf enthusiasts and were spotted at Augusta to watch the round of the Masters over the weekend. Their return to the UK was in time for Newcastle’s triumph over Brentford, where they went to congratulate the team in the dressing room post-game. 

DP World Tour’s Keith Pelley Clinches Courtroom Victory And Hole-In-One At The Ohoopee Match Club

DP World Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley could have hardly asked for a better week. Following the organization’s arbitration victory over LIV Golf, Pelley landed his first-ever hole-in-one at the local course, the Ohoopee Match Club before the Masters began. The celebration didn’t end there as he had plans to attend the RBC Heritage tournament in South Carolina after the Masters, where he is expected to discuss future plans with a newfound sense of confidence. 

Mind The Wet Grass At Augusta, Else You’ll Get Told Off!

With Augusta witnessing heavy rainfall on Saturday, officials strolled in to restrict patrons’ access to wet areas. It was during this time that Sports Agenda witnessed one middle-aged man slipping and getting scolded immediately. Charming! The prestigious club is the only place where slipping on wet grass can earn you a reprimand while you’re still on the ground. 

UEFA’s New Advisory Board For Men’s Football But No Women’s Equivalent

UEFA recently announced a new advisory board for men’s football featuring some major names in the field. With such stars as Jose Mourinho, Gareth Southgate, Zinedine Zidane, and Rio Ferdinand set to discuss issues such as refereeing, laws of the game, and footballing calendars, fans are left wondering why there wasn’t a similar announcement for women’s football. While UEFA has said an equivalent board for women’s football is in the works, no further details or names have been revealed yet. Some feel this lack of a joint announcement shows a lack of respect for the women’s game.

Leeds Players Get Their Musical Revenge On Nottingham Forest

Leeds’ tussle with Nottingham Forest saw some bad blood between the club’s players. The home side won 1-0, and after the match, Forest players decided to play loud music which infuriated the Leeds players. In their return game against Forest, Leeds planned a surprise retaliation of their own, blasting out loud music before the kick-off, leading to complaints from Forest players. In the end, Leeds had the last laugh with a 2-1 victory, capped off by Junior Firpo dancing on the pitch post-game.  

Premier League To Vote On Voluntary Ban Of Gambling Advertisements

Premier League clubs will vote on a voluntary ban on gambling advertisements featured on shirts in a meeting scheduled for later this week. A circular sent to the top clubs states that they do not know the position of the Labor Party and that acting now “would be a sensible precaution to reduce the prospect of this topic being revisited by a future administration in the short to medium term.” If the ban is voted in favor, it will take effect from the 2026-27 season, with ‘other inventory’ such as shirt-sleeve sponsorship remaining unaffected. 

Potential IOC Presidential Candidates Wary Of Geopolitical Role

Agenda understands that potential candidates for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidential election in 2025 are being dissuaded by current president Thomas Bach’s intensely geopolitical role. Bach’s use of sport as soft diplomacy with world leaders, particularly in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, has curbed the interest of at least two potential candidates.  

Masters Officials Keep Tabs On Journalists

Journalists attending the Masters received credential cards that featured a device allowing officials to keep track of their movement. This situation became apparent when the tournament hosts, whom many had never met before, called each reporter by their first name when their hand went up to ask a question.

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