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Published March 26, 2013
OFF THE PITCH: FC Barcelona coach TITO VILANOVA has returned home after two months in N.Y. where he underwent cancer treatment (SPORT, 3/25). ... Bundesliga VfL Wolfsburg player MAKOTO HASEBE will donate €1.8M ($2.32M) to children affected by the Fukushima tsunami and nuclear disaster in '11. The 29-year-old Japanese said, "The people in Fukushima need a perspective for the future. And children are our future" (BILD, 3/24). ... Arsenal striker LUKAS PODOLSKI "plans to buy a private suite at the RheinEngergie Stadium," which is the home of his former club FC Cologne. Stadium Managing Dir Hans Rütten said, "Yes, we are currently talking to Lukas Podolski. He wants to buy a private suite." The suites at the stadium cost between €100,000-€150,000 ($129,000-$193.000) per season (EXPRESS, 3/23). ... ManU's RIO FERDINAND visited Aspire Academy following his commentary stint with Al-Jazeera Sports Channel. Ferdinand was "welcomed at the academy" by Dir General IVAN BRAVO (THE PENINSULA, 3/25).
THE AWARD GOES TO...: England golfer ZANE SCOTLAND has been appointed as global brand ambassador for the "golf in DUBAi" (GULF NEWS, 3/25). ... Thailand weightlifting President BUSSABA YODBANGTOEY has been awarded one of the IOC Women and Sport Trophy Award for '13, "the highest recognition for any woman in sport." Bussaba is "the first female Thai recipient of the award" and was recognized for "great contributions" to the sport (BANGKOK POST, 3/25). ... Qatar Women's Sport Committee President AHLAM SALEM MUBARAK AL MANA "has been selected" as another recipient of the '13 IOC Women and Sport Trophy Awards (THE PENINSULA, 3/25).