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Published October 11, 2012
GOLF AND TENNIS: A blogger in China who made a death threat against ROGER FEDERER said that he has apologized after threatening to "assassinate" Federer. An Internet user under the name "Blue Cat Polytheistic religion Founder 07" issued the threat (AFP, 10/10). ... Suspended Cricket South Africa CEO GERALD MAJOLA has withdrawn from his disciplinary hearing, according to his lawyer. Majola was suspended in March after a long-running bonus scandal following the '09 Indian Premier League T20 tournament, which was hosted by South Africa. (SAPA, 10/10). ... TIGER WOODS will "consider the possibility" of joining the European Tour after changes are made to membership qualification rules. The European Tour is expected to reveal that participation in the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup and the Seve Trophy will count toward the 13 events needed for membership (AP, 10/10).... Golfer JUSTIN ROSE officially opened a new TaylorMade Performance Lab at Carya in Turkey this week (TODAYSGOLFER.co.uk, 10/10). ... Turkish Golf Federation President AHMET AGAOGLU has apologized for his part in a brawl involving journalists, which threatened to overshadow the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. Agaoglu was accused of "headbutting a journalist during the incident amid chaotic scenes" on the first tee before Tiger Woods' opening match with CHARL SCHWARTZEL in Antalya, Turkey on Tuesday (PA, 10/10). ... RAFAEL NADAL conceded that it is "unlikely he will play tennis again" in '12 as he continues to recover from a knee injury. Nadal said, "Impossible, no. But difficult, yes" (PA, 10/10).
ON ICE: Czech goaltender DOMINIK HAŠEK "has retired from professional hockey." The 47-year-old, who took a year off, "is without a club, and negotiations with U.S. minor league clubs failed." Hašek played 19 seasons in the NHL. He won the Stanley Cup in '02 and '08 as part of the Detroit Red Wings and an Olympic Gold Medal in '98. Hašek is a six-time Vezina Trophy winner and two-time league MVP (SID, 10/9). ... German second-tier hockey club SC Riessersee "signed NHL goaltender RICK DIPIETRO during the league's lockout." The 31-year-old was the first goaltender to be selected first overall in the NHL draft by the N.Y. Islanders in '00. In '06, DiPietro signed a 15-year deal with the Islanders. He will join St. Louis Blues defenseman MATT D'AGOSTINI who recently joined the German club (SID, 10/10). ... U.S. skier BODE MILLER "will miss the season opening giant slalom in Sölden, Austria on Oct. 28." Miller is "still rehabilitating" from knee surgery he underwent in March (APA, 10/10).