McLaren F1 driver LEWIS HAMILTON "has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown after accusing McLaren teammate JENSON BUTTON of disrespecting him on Twitter," according to the PA. Hamilton was taking his cue from a tweet by a journalist "suggesting Button had unfollowed him on the social networking site" (PA, 10/8).
Lewis Hamilton: "Just noticed @jensonbutton unfollowed, thats a shame. After 3 years as teammates, I thought we respected one another but clearly he doesn't." ... "Funny thing is, we are STILL teammates! All good tho, I plan on giving this team & fans all I got til I cross the finish line in brazil!!!" ... "My bad, just found out Jenson never followed me. Don't blame him! Need to be on Twitter more!"
The Times' Kevin Eason: "Morning UK and everyone else. You are waking up to a brand new Twitter gaffe by our Lewis. Dear oh dear"
SPEED Channel's Will Buxton: "If Mercedes had a clue, this would be their viral ad today: "Don't worry Lewis. Jenson might not follow you, but 2013's a different story.""
BBC F1 reporter Jake Humphrey: "My own rules; 1-I don't tweet when drunk 2-I don't tweet when angry 3-I don't tweet what I wouldn't shout out loud #ThinkBeforeYouTweet"
The Dream Team was the nickname for the '92 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, but another basketball story during those Games was unfolding that held "much more historical and political importance," according to Zorianna Kit of the HUFFINGTON POST. The story involved a "different type" of Dream Team, a team from Lithuania. The small country of 3 million people had "just recently regained independence" from the former USSR and was playing for the first time as an independent country. The team was funded by America's The Grateful Dead rock band, and wound up defeating its oppressors on the Unified team for the third place bronze. It is this other Dream Team that is the focus of Lithuanian-American filmmaker MARIUS MARKEVICIUS' documentary, "The Other Dream Team." Through interviews, the viewer learns what life was like being a "basketball star" behind the Iron Curtain. While players from the U.S. "basked in money and endorsements," players in the Soviet Union only made $100 a month. Using news footage, photos and colorful stories from the players themselves, "viewers are told of how the players' visits to America were heavily chaperoned by Soviet officials." It is clear first-time Dir Markevicius "infused a lot of love and passion into the documentary." He combined his love of basketball, his ethnicity and his filmmaking skills on "The Other Dream Team." The result is a story "that's at once personal to him, but universal in terms of its message of hope and perseverance" (HUFFINGTON POST, 10/7).
Korean Series championship Manager KIM EUNG-RYONG "has been named to take charge" of the Korea Baseball Organization club Hanwha Eagles. The Daejeon-based signed the 71-year-old to a two-year 900M won ($809,000) deal that would earn him an annual salary of 300M won ($270,000) (KOREA TIMES, 10/8). ... Doctor GIORGOS SARRIS has been elected as president of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO). In Oct. '08, he was elected to the EPO board (UEFA).
MANAGERS: Australian Football League club Gold Coast Suns Assistant Coach KEN HINKLEY has agreed to a four-year contract to become coach of AFL club Port Adelaide (AAP, 10/8). ... UAE club Ittihad Kalba Coach DRAGAN TALAJIC has become the "first managerial casualty of the new season" after the club decided to part ways with the Croatian. Talajic won the the 2004 Asian Football Confederations Champions League with Saudi club Al Ittihad and enjoyed domestic success in Jordan and Kuwait, but has watched Kalba lose its four games this season (THE NATIONAL, 10/8). ... ... Russian cycling team Katusha appointed former professional cyclist VYACHESLAV EKIMOV to the position of GM. Ekimov will replace German HANS-MICHAEL HOLCZER (Katusha Team).
RICHARD BRANSON attended his first NFL game Sunday. The British business magnate and founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways was at Gillette Stadium "for the TOM BRADY vs. PEYTON MANNING showdown." Branson was a guest of New England Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT. Branson is a huge fan of rugby and senses that his familiarity with that sport will help him understand the NFL's game that he insists on calling "American Rugby." Branson said, "What I don't understand is why you've distorted a great English game? Maybe at the end of the day, I'll understand" (USA TODAY, 10/7). ... USAIN BOLT has revealed he plans to defend his Olympic sprint titles in the Rio Games. Bolt said, "Rio is about going and defending my titles. To do the three-peat, that is the focus" (London GUARDIAN, 10/8). ... Scottish side Rangers Manager ALLY MCCOIST has received the "unequivocal backing" of CEO CHARLES GREEN after a 1-0 defeat to Stirling Albion on Saturday. Speaking after a defeat he called "unacceptable," Green pledged "100%" support to McCoist (SCOTSMAN, 10/8).
MAGIC MOMENT: NBA L.A. Lakers legend MAGIC JOHNSON attended the Clasico at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona and said that LIONEL MESSI was the best player in the world. Johnson: "Messi is the best player in the world and he makes everything easier for his teammates. Watching this Barça team is a pleasure for anybody that likes football" (SPORT.es, 10/8). ... Veteran broadcaster BO HANSSON has been banned from the press box at Swedish football team AIK "after he was heard referring to black players as 'darkies' in a radio commentary booth." Hansson was watching AIK's match against Gefle from the Sveriges Radio commentary position "unaware he was being broadcast." AIK Managing Dir THOMAS EDSELIUS said, "Bo Hansson is no longer allowed into the press box this season. What he has done is contrary to our values. We have zero tolerance for racism" (REUTERS, 10/8). ... Five-time Olympic Gold Medalist IAN THORPE will join a panel of top sports men and women at the Doha GOALS Forum on Dec. 10-12 to discuss whether federations and organizations are doing enough to protect athletes. The panel will also address how to help retired athletes retrain in new careers. Thorpe will be joined by sports agent PHIL DE PICCIOTTO, U.S. Anti Doping Agency President TRAVIS TYGART and LOCOG board member JONATHAN EDWARDS (Pitch).