Retired South African boxer CORRIE SANDERS "was shot and killed Sunday, as he celebrated with family and friends the 21st birthday of his daughter" at a Pretoria, South Africa restaurant, according to SPORT1.de. The former World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Union heavyweight champion "was at Brits restaurant as armed men robbed the place and shot Sanders." A South African police spokesperson said, "They shot and then stole the bag of a guest and the cell phone of the daughter." Sanders' boxing career highlight was his victory against Ukrainian WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO on March 8, 2003 (SPORT1.de, 9/23). Sanders' former boxing Trainer HAROLD VOLBRECHT said, "I took over as his trainer for his first professional fight [against King Kong Dyubele in April '89]. I flew to Cape Town, where Corrie stayed at the time, to watch the fight, and I brought him back with me [to Benoni] afterward. He was like a son to me" (MG.co.za, 9/24). The INDEPENDENT ONLINE wrote that boxer VITALY KLITSCHKO also paid a tribute, saying Sanders had a "dangerous" style of boxing. Klitschko said, "Corrie Sanders was the most difficult opponent I ever fought." Unlike many other South African boxers who moved to the U.S. to further their careers, Sanders chose to stay in South Africa, saying in an interview a few weeks ago that he "never considered leaving." Sanders said, "I loved this country too much to move to the U.S. like other boxers. It might sound strange, but I felt I had more black fans than white. I think the two big sports in the black community are boxing and soccer, and whenever I was out and about, they would stop me and want to chat. That was always very humbling" (IOL.co.za, 9/24).
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In a "stunning show of their disapproval," the Malaysian Athletic Union affiliates rang in the changes by drumming out incumbent President SERI SHAHIDAN KASSIM and his "controversial deputy," KARIM IBRAHIM. On Sunday, the 15 affiliates voted in ZAINAL ABIDIN AHMAD as the new president. The 71-year-old Negeri Sembilan AA president received 23 votes, two more than Shahidan. Terengganu AA President WAN HISYAM WAN SALLEH was elected the new deputy president. He received 25 votes while Karim received 19. The elected VPs are K. YOGASVERAN, PAIMAN ABDUL KARIM, R. ANNAMALAI and PADUKA MUMTAZ JAAFAR (THE STAR, 9/24). THE STAR also opined that the newly elected president "faces a stiff challenge in lifting the battered image" of the association and the sport. Zainal is looking forward to "repairing the damage done to the sport in recent years." Zainal said, "I will have to deliver now that the baton has been passed to me. I don’t have a magic wand but I have a good track record as an athlete and official"(THE STAR, 9/24).
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Montreal Canadians winger MAX PACIORETTY "will join Swiss NLA club HC Ambri-Piotta during the NHL lockout." The 23-year-old was the Canadians' top scorer last season with 65 points (33 goals, 32 assists) in 79 games (BLICK.ch, 9/24). ... AS Roma GM FRANCO BALDINI "distanced himself" from a new technical director job at EPL Tottenham. The London club's Chair DANIEL LEVY wants to create a new position. The 51-year-old Baldini said, "I have an obligation over here with Roma. It is a long project to which I am committed." Former FC Barcelona Technical Dir TXIKI BEGIRISTAIN "has also been linked with the job" (BBC, 9/24). ... England's SARAH TAYLOR and Australia's LISA STHALEKAR were revealed as the No. 1 ranked batter and bowler in the Reliance ICC Women's T20I Player's Rankings, which were launched in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Monday (ICC). ... The Twitter abuse aimed at referee MARK HALSEY after ManU's 2-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday has been condemned as "beneath contempt" by the match officials' union Prospect. Hasley was the victim of two abusive tweets, "both of which referred to his throat cancer diagnosis in '09" (London TELEGRAPH, 9/24).
BACK TO COURT: Chelsea defender JOHN TERRY and his legal advisers appeared at Wembley in a "bid to clear his name for a second time," nearly a year after he was accused of racial abuse at a Premier League match. A Football Association disciplinary panel convened to "hear a charge that he abused" Queens Park Rangers ANTON FERDINAND on Oct. 23, 2011. The hearing is expected to last "two or three days" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 9/24). ... ManU CEO DAVID GILL visited the New Charter Academy in Ashton to meet young people and mark the start of a partnership between the Manchester United Foundation and the business and enterprise school Tameside Academy (24DASH.com, 9/24). ... Britain's former Olympic Bronze Medalist TONY JEFFRIES has "announced his retirement from professional boxing due to injuries to both hands." Jeffries was undefeated with nine wins and a draw. His last fight took place on Sept. '11. Over his career he developed injuries, which required surgery, with a hole in a knuckle and a tear in his left hand "proving insurmountable obstacles as he attempted to return to the ring" (SPORTINGLIFE.com, 9/23). ... Indian Boxing Federation Chair ABHAY SINGH CHAUTALA said that he is ready to be at the helm of the Indian Olympic Association "if entrusted with the high-profile job." Chautala said, "I am ready to take up the responsibility if the General Assembly entrusted me with the job. I am not going to run away from taking up the responsibility,” said Chautala, who was yesterday nominated as chairman of Indian Boxing Federation after serving as its president for three successive terms" (PTI, 9/24).
THE FAR EAST: Local media reports have said that former Chelsea player DIDIER DROGBA "was so infuriated with his teammates lack-luster display" in Shanghai Shenhua's 1-1 draw against Shanghai Shenxin on Saturday "that he smashed a wooden locker." Shenhua Owner ZHU JUN said on his social media Weibo account: "Soft collapse, deserved not to win" -- indicating that he was "no less pleased with the outcome than his multi-million signing Drogba" (WILDEASTFOOTBALL.net).... Chinese Olympic swimmer SUN YANG, who won two Gold Medals in the London Games, has been "pushed to the verge of a split" with his Australian coach DENNIS COTTERELL after Australia Swimming banned Cotterell from coaching foreigners (CHINA DAILY, 9/24). ... Former NBA player YAO MING has successfully sued China-based Yunhe Sharks Sportswear Company "for infringement of his image rights." The case, from which he won 1M yuan ($158,000) by the high court of Hubei province, is the first time the Chinese native has sued a sporting goods company in China (WANTCHINATIMES.com, 9/23).
U.K. Olympian Mo Farah: "Back at my old school Feltham school this morning for a visit..! Been a long time... This where it all started..!!!"
BBC presenter Gary Lineker: "The money in golf is staggering. Brandt Snedeker won 11m dollars yesterday. Some footballers these days have to work for a year for that."
Synergy Sponsorship CEO Tim Crow: "Wonder when the last piece of physical London 2012 advertising will be taken down in the UK. Must be close to happening."
The BBC F1 correspondent Jake Humphrey: "On a serious note, our cancelled plane means I won't be hosting the Retail Industry Awards tomorrow - sorry guys!! #StuckInSingapore"
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