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Published May 14, 2013
ON THE WAY OUT: World Cup-winning England women's cricket team coach MARK LANE "is to stand down." The England and Wales Cricket board "has announced the 45-year-old will leave his post after five highly successful years." Lane: "After a period of reflection I have decided that my time as head coach has come to a close. With a new World Cup cycle ahead, I believe now is the right time for the players and staff to work with a new head coach" (London GUARDIAN, 5/13). ... The Australian Rugby Union said on Monday that Super Rugby Melbourne Rebels fullback KURTLEY BEALE "has checked into a private health clinic and will take an indefinite leave of absence from rugby to deal with 'personal issues.'" Beale was stood down from the Rebels last week for the second time this season "after breaching behavioural guidelines related to a programme to deal with his alcohol issues" (REUTERS, 5/13). ... Spain football coach VICENTE DEL BOSQUE said he is not sure whether he will end his tenure after the 2014 World Cup (EFE, 5/13). ... Former Netherlands captain MARK VAN BOMMEL announced the end of his professional football career. Van Bommel "played 79 matches for the Dutch national team." In '10 he "led the Netherlands to the World Cup final in South Africa" (XINHUA, 5/13). ... Former German int'l footballer CHRISTOPH METZELDER "will reportedly end his career on Thursday." The 32-year-old defender won the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund in '02, the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) with Schalke 04 in '11 and the Spanish La Liga title with Real Madrid in '08. He also was part of the German national team that lost to Brazil in the 2002 World Cup final. Metzelder will host a press conference on Thursday where "he is expected to annouce his retirement" (SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, 5/13).
NOTABLE DEATHS: A 20-year-old fan of Turkish football team Fenerbahce was "stabbed to death by two Galatasaray supporters after a derby between the two rivals in Istanbul." BURAK YILDIRIM "was fatally stabbed while on his way back home from the game late Sunday" (DAILY MAIL, 5/13). ... Former Kenyan national football team Harambee Stars coach CHRIS MAKOKHA died on Sunday night, "bringing an end to one of the most illustrious indigenous Kenyan coaches." Makokha "took Kenya to the 1988 Africa Nations Cup finals in Morocco" (XINHUA, 5/13).