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Published April 10, 2014
FANS THREATEN PLAYER: Brazil striker FRED warns there could be "another tragedy" in Brazilian football if fan groups follow through with their threats against his club this week. Fred said that a group of about 20 fans "swarmed his car to threaten him as he left practice this weekend, complaining about the team's recent struggles and demanding a good result" (AAP, 4/9). ... Pakistan’s former Test captain RASHID LATIF "has refused to take over as chief selector just nine days after he was supposed to join the Pakistan Cricket Board." Latif said he doesn’t want to “come into controversy” and will not join the PCB as chief selector (AP, 4/9). ... Japan FA VP KOZO TASHIMA said on Wednesday that "he will run for a seat" on FIFA's exec committee from Asia. The 56-year-old Tashima announced his candidacy at JFA House following a meeting among officials from the East Asian Football Federation and ASEAN nations (KYODO, 4/9). ... Former Rangers Owner CRAIG WHYTE "was up to his old asset-stripping tricks" on Tuesday as he was "finally hounded out of Scotland." Whyte "even took the heating oil with him" as he fled his country seat, which is about to be repossessed by the bank "after he failed to pay the mortgage." They also "stripped out French chandeliers," chosen by Whyte's ex-wife, KIM, and "other fittings from the house" (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 4/8).
JOIN THE CLUB: Augusta National Chair BILLY PAYNE said he would be voting for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club to abolish its men-only policy. Augusta admitted its first women members in '12. In September, R&A members will hold their own vote. Payne, an R&A member, said, "As I’ve said before, we readily and joyously welcomed our lady members when that happened a couple years ago, and it remains a very good decision on our part. I’m proud to be a member of the R&A, and I bet you can guess how I’m going to vote” (LONDON TIMES, 4/10).
COVER BOY: Cricketer SACHIN TENDULKAR "adorned the covers" of the 151st edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Tendulkar "is the first Indian to feature on the cover of the Almanack'' (PTI, 4/9). Defending champions Mumbai Indians named Tendulkar as their "ICON" ahead of the seventh Indian Premier League (POST, 4/9).