Ferrari "denied reports of a possible signing of F1 world champion SEBASTIAN VETTEL to the 'prancing horse,'" according to KICKER.de. The BBC Monday reported that Vettel "will join Ferrari for the '14 season and replace Brazilian FELIPE MASSA whose contract will not be extended and expires at the end of the '13 season." Ferrari "denied the reports immediately." As long as FERNANDO ALONSO drives for Ferrari until '16, there will not be an equal driver as a teammate of the Spaniard. Ferrari Chair Luca di Montezemolo said, "Over the last 20 years, I've always said that I don't want to have two roosters in a chicken coop." He added: "I don't want two stars because I don't want problems and rivalry. It only creates tensions and imbalance in the team." In addition, Montezemolo said, "The driver question is currently the one that matters to us the least." Montezemolo also denied rumors about a possible signing of Red Bull engineer and designer ADRIAN NEWEY to Ferrari. Montezemolo said, "Adrian is great, but we have a great amount of trust in our engineers. We also can win without him" (KICKER.de, 10/15).
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National Rugby League Sydney Roosters "completed a clean sweep of their high-profile leadership positions" when they revealed official STEVE NOYCE had become the latest figure "culled after a season of deep disappointment." Former CEO BRIAN CANAVAN returns in the "newly created" COO for football position (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/16). ... Bulgarian club Etar Veliko Tarnovo sacked Coach TSANKO TSVETANOV on Monday “for the third time since the start of the season.” Tsvetanov had been fired after Etar’s 1-0 loss at Beroe Stara Zagora in August and then after the 1-0 home defeat by newcomers Pirin Gotse Delchev in September, only to be rehired in both cases “due to protest from fans” (REUTERS, 10/15).
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The Sauber F1 Team "reportedly acquired German F1 driver NICO HÜLKENBERG." The Force India driver reportedly "signed a contract with the Swiss team after the Korean Grand Prix." Hülkenberg will replace Mexican driver SERGIO PEREZ who joins the McLaren team next season. Sauber did not comment on the reported deal (DPA, 10/15). ... Indian Olympic Association President SURESH KALMADI, who is "under pressure to quit," said that he will not seek renomination in the IOA's elections scheduled for Nov. 25 and "hinted at retiring from sports administration" (PTI, 10/13). Real Madrid striker CRISTIANO RONALDO now has 50 million followers on Facebook. Ronaldo posted a message on the site to thank his fans. Ronaldo wrote, "Thank you. I really want to keep sharing all the good moments with you guys (AS, 10/15). ... Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon Manager RICARDO SÁ PINTO "has been shown the door," and Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan Manager JAIME PACHECO "is one of three coaches in the frame to replace him." Sá Pinto was relieved of his job following a 3-0 loss to Videoton FC almost two weeks ago (WILDEASTFOOTBALL.net, 10/15).
NHL PLAYERS GO ABROAD: Austrian hockey club KAC has signed Buffalo Sabres defenseman TYLER MYERS during the league's lockout. The 22-year-old Canadian has played 230 NHL games (KRONE.at, 10/13). The KAC also signed Edmonton Oilers forward SAM GAGNER. The 23-year-old has scored 77 goals and 143 assists in 365 NHL games (KAC).
The Daily Mail's Matt Fortune: "I'm sure I'm not the first to say, but can someone tell me why Red Bull didn't think to attach HELMET CAM to Felix Baumgartner?!?"
The Daily Mirror's Oliver Holt: "Anfield one of the great cathedrals of football. Still hard to beat in terms of atmosphere for a big night match."
South China Morning Post's James Porteous: "Shanghai Shenhua players refused to train today over unpaid wages. Seems if Drogba not paid this month he can go on a free"
BBC presenter Gary Lineker: "Excellent news; Newcastle's ground will once again be called St. James' Park. Never seemed right saying 'Sports Direct Arena' on MOTD"
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