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Published September 25, 2012
BACK TO COURT: Chelsea defender JOHN TERRY and his legal advisers appeared at Wembley in a "bid to clear his name for a second time," nearly a year after he was accused of racial abuse at a Premier League match. A Football Association disciplinary panel convened to "hear a charge that he abused" Queens Park Rangers ANTON FERDINAND on Oct. 23, 2011. The hearing is expected to last "two or three days" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 9/24). ... ManU CEO DAVID GILL visited the New Charter Academy in Ashton to meet young people and mark the start of a partnership between the Manchester United Foundation and the business and enterprise school Tameside Academy (24DASH.com, 9/24). ... Britain's former Olympic Bronze Medalist TONY JEFFRIES has "announced his retirement from professional boxing due to injuries to both hands." Jeffries was undefeated with nine wins and a draw. His last fight took place on Sept. '11. Over his career he developed injuries, which required surgery, with a hole in a knuckle and a tear in his left hand "proving insurmountable obstacles as he attempted to return to the ring" (SPORTINGLIFE.com, 9/23). ... Indian Boxing Federation Chair ABHAY SINGH CHAUTALA said that he is ready to be at the helm of the Indian Olympic Association "if entrusted with the high-profile job." Chautala said, "I am ready to take up the responsibility if the General Assembly entrusted me with the job. I am not going to run away from taking up the responsibility,” said Chautala, who was yesterday nominated as chairman of Indian Boxing Federation after serving as its president for three successive terms" (PTI, 9/24).
THE FAR EAST: Local media reports have said that former Chelsea player DIDIER DROGBA "was so infuriated with his teammates lack-luster display" in Shanghai Shenhua's 1-1 draw against Shanghai Shenxin on Saturday "that he smashed a wooden locker." Shenhua Owner ZHU JUN said on his social media Weibo account: "Soft collapse, deserved not to win" -- indicating that he was "no less pleased with the outcome than his multi-million signing Drogba" (WILDEASTFOOTBALL.net).... Chinese Olympic swimmer SUN YANG, who won two Gold Medals in the London Games, has been "pushed to the verge of a split" with his Australian coach DENNIS COTTERELL after Australia Swimming banned Cotterell from coaching foreigners (CHINA DAILY, 9/24). ... Former NBA player YAO MING has successfully sued China-based Yunhe Sharks Sportswear Company "for infringement of his image rights." The case, from which he won 1M yuan ($158,000) by the high court of Hubei province, is the first time the Chinese native has sued a sporting goods company in China (WANTCHINATIMES.com, 9/23).