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Jamaican sprinter USAIN BOLT was named Sportsman of the Year for the third time on Monday night at the 2013 Laureus World Sport Awards in Rio de Janeiro. The Sportswoman of the Year award went to British Gold Medal-winning heptathlete JESSICA ENNIS. Tennis player ANDY MURRAY, who earned his first Grand Slam and an Olympic Gold Medal, was the winner of the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award. Dominican Republic’s FELIX SANCHEZ, received the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award after winning the Olympic 400 metre hurdles gold medal in London, eight years after he won it for the first time in Athens in '04. Brazilian Paralympic swimmer DANIEL DIAS was Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award for the second time. A special Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award went to swimmer MICHAEL PHELPS, the most decorated Olympian of all time with a career total of 22 medals. And British Olympic Association Chair SEBASTIAN COE received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award (Laureus).
Premier League club Reading has parted company with Manager BRIAN MCDERMOTT. The search for a successor will "start immediately." The 51-year-old took over as caretaker manager at the Madejski Stadium in '09 before being named full-time manager the following year (GUARDIAN, 3/11). ... Bundesliga club Greuther Fürth has appointed FRANK KRAMER as its head coach. Kramer, who previously was in charge of the U23 team of TSG Hoffenheim, "will take over the team from interim coach" LUDWIG PREIS who will become his assistant coach (SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, 3/11). ... IGAL CARMI was elected as Israel's new Olympic Committee president. ZVI VARSHAVIAK announced that he will step down in January after 16 years "at the helm." Carmi was voted in as his successor after Hapoel candidate ZE'EV BIELSKI "pulled out of the race" (JERUSALEM POST, 3/11).
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Paris St. Germain's DAVID BECKHAM has topped the inaugural Goal.com 2013 Rich List with "a staggering net worth" of £175M ($261M). Beckham finished £59.5M ahead of Barcelona's LIONEL MESSI, whose worth is valued at £115.5M ($172M). Real Madrid's CRISTIANO RONALDO is third on the list, valued at £112M ($167M). Real Madrid's KAKA is fourth at £66.5M while Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro's RONALDINHO is fifth at £63M ($94M) (GOAL, 3/11). ... FIFA Exec Committee member VERNON MANILAL FERNANDO has been provisionally banned from taking part in any kind of national or int'l football-related activity for a maximum of 90 days (FIFA). REUTERS' Mike Collett reported Fernando has been a FIFA exec since '11 and was banned following a request by investigatory chamber Chair MICHAEL GARCIA and adjudicatory chair HANS-JOACHIM ECKERT (REUTERS, 3/11). ... Spanish journalist JOSE RAMON DE LA MORENA told radio station SER that Real Madrid coach JOSE MOURINHO agreed to a deal with the club back in January to leave the team after the season. Morena said, "Mourinho is leaving at the end of the season, it is the deal he has signed with Real Madrid two months ago" (AS, 3/11). ... Ferrari President LUCA CORDERO DI MONTEZEMOLO assured that driver FERNANDO ALONSO "would respect his contract" that has him stay with the F1 team until '15 (EFE, 3/11). ... Australian Football League Collingwood player TRAVIS CLOKE has been fined $1,000 by his club for "using the car park" of CEO GARY PERT "once too often." The All-Australian and premiership player "had been parking in Pert's spot on and off for more than a year" (THE AGE, 3/12). ... Former NBA player RENALDO BALKMAN was banned from the Philippines' professional basketball league for life after "choking a teammate in the middle of a game" (AFP, 3/11).
OBITUARIES: U.K. commentator and journalist TONY GUBBA has died after a short illness. He was 69. Gubba was "famous for his commentary and presenting" on "Match of the Day" with the BBC, but most recently worked on the ITV show "Dancing On Ice," which was first broadcast in '06. Gubba joined BBC Sport in '72, replacing DAVID COLEMAN as the presenter of the midweek sports program "Sportsnight" (LONDON TIMES, 3/11). ... Former Ligue 1 Marseille CFO PIERRE DUBITON died on Sunday at the age of 70 (AFP, 3/11).
BBC's LEE MCKENZIE: "Almost 24 hours since leaving Heathrow, I've touched down in Melbourne. Love this city :-)"
FIFA's SEPP BLATTER: "Congratulated Issa Hayatou for 25 years of CAF presidency & reelection today. A great & committed football leader"
Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "Some gems from Kimi in the Lotus team preview: "Australia is a nice place even though it's a long way from Europe""
Hindustan Times' MADHAVAN NARAYANAN: "Mohali's cricket ground is so beautiful, you must visit it when there is no match."
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