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Published February 12, 2013
SIDE EFFECTS: Russian figure skater EVGENY PLUSCHENKO "is planning to sue a TV commentator, who called reports about the athlete’s spine surgery fake." While commentating on the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships for the Eurosport 2 channel on Saturday ANDREY ZHURNAKOV said: "That surgery never took place. The way it was reported in the media, with only Channel One making a story on it … all this reminds me of the strategy used to make PR-moves in show business." Pluschenko said, "I will defend my honor and dignity because it was an insult not only to me personally but to my whole family" (RUSSIA TODAY, 2/11). ... Bath and former England hooker LEE MEARS "has been forced to retire from rugby because of a heart problem." The 33-year-old "has spent 16 years at The Rec, making 268 appearances, and has been capped 42 times for his country" (BBC, 2/11).