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SBD Global/November 15, 2013/People and Pop Culture
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Published November 15, 2013
THE END OF THE LINE: Britain's most successful racing export DARIO FRANCHITTI has confirmed that he will retire from the sport after a crash last month in an IndyCar race in Houston. Franchitti broke two vertebrae and fractured his ankle near the end of the Grand Prix of Houston (LONDON TIMES, 11/15), ... SEBASTIAN VETTEL test drove the Infiniti Q50 at the Nashville Superspeedway Thursday (Infiniti). ... BMX world champion CAROLINE BUCHANAN and rowing world champion KIM CROW "have shared the top honour" at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) awards night. The pair "were named joint winners" of the athlete of the year award in Canberra on Thursday, beating a list of finalists that included MATTHEW COWDREY (swimming), CATE CAMPBELL (swimming), EVAN O'HANLON (athletics) and ALEX PULLIN (snowboard) (THE AGE, 11/14). ... Australian broadcaster RICHIE BENAUD "is still in hospital and unlikely to perform his commentary duties in the first Ashes Test." Benaud "could be out of action until the Boxing Day Test at the MCG in his longest absence from the commentary box in decades." Benaud, 83, "was taken to Sydney's Prince of Wales hospital three weeks ago after a car accident near his home in the Sydney suburb of Coogee" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/15). ...Wales national team Manager CHRIS COLEMAN "will remain in charge" after signing a contract extension with the Wales FA. The new two-year deal "will take him through to the end of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign" (EUROSPORT, 11/15).