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Published October 31, 2012
AN AWARD OF GOLD: Tour de France champion BRADLEY WIGGINS has "won the prestigious" Velo d'Or award as the best rider of '12. Wiggins beat the Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders winner TOM BOONEN and Spain's JOAQUIM RODRÍGUEZ in a poll of cycling journalists set up by French publication Velo Magazine (REUTERS, 10/30). The London INDEPENDENT reported that Wiggins has been awarded third place in the 2009 Tour de France after LANCE ARMSTRONG's result was "wiped from the record books" (INDEPENDENT, 10/30).
NHL PLAYERS ABROAD: German Hockey League (DEL) club EHC Red Bull Munich reacted to the injuries of its forwards JASON ULMER and TONI RITTER by acquiring NHL player BLAKE WHEELER. The 26-year-old forward will join the team on Thursday. Wheeler scored 64 points in 80 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season (EHC Red Bull Munich). ... NHL player PATRICK KANE "will make his debut with Swiss National League A club EHC Biel." The Chicago Blackhawks captain and his new team "will take on EV Zug" (BLICK.ch, 10/30).
WHEN THE GAME'S OVER: Mercedes F1 driver MICHAEL SCHUMACHER, who will retire at the end of the season, "will be allowed to keep his Mercedes F1 W03 race car as a farewell present." Schumacher said about the around €1M ($1.3M) car, "Optically, especially due to the kink of the nose, you have to get used to the car" (MOTORSPORT MAGAZIN, 10/28). ... Former F1 driver ADRIAN SUTIL "could make a comeback with his former team Force India in '13." Force India Team Principal VIJAY MALLYA "mentioned Sutil as a possible successor of current driver NICO HÜLKENBERG who will probably move to Sauber." Mallya said, "Adrian is always fast, and I definitely would consider him" (SID, 10/30).