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Volume 6 No. 211

People and Pop Culture

A-League Sydney FC Coach IAN CROOK resigned Sunday morning in the wake of Saturday night's 3-2 defeat to Melbourne Victory, according to Sebastian Hassett of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The Sky Blues boss was "abused by fans" at the end of the match. Crook quit suddenly on Sunday. Assistant coach STEVE CORICA will step in until a permanent replacement is found (SMH, 11/11). In Sydney, Dominic Bossi reported that Sydney players are "struggling to come to terms with the shock resignation" of Crook, and believe they "must take their share of the blame for the club's poor start to the season." Forward BLAKE POWELL said that the players "should take their share of responsibility" for the club's plight. Powell: ''I feel like I've let down Crook a bit. If we had the right results, we wouldn't be talking about this." The players were informed of Crook's decision to quit at their recovery session on Sunday morning. Powell admitted the news was ''very hard'' to accept. Powell was one of many talented youth players who were promoted to the first team under Crook's tenure and believes Crook's resignation is "a blow to the club's aspirations for the season" (SMH, 11/12). The AAP's Adrian Warren wrote that Sydney CEO TONY PIGNATA is "adamant his club's reputation as a transit lounge for coaches won't affect their search for a quality replacement." Sydney is now searching for its seventh head coach in eight seasons. Pignata: "Ian wanted to make the decision, he felt he had to make the decision, we respect that. But does that impact on future coaches? I don't think so" (AAP, 11/11).

NO PLAYER-COACH: In Sydney, Tom Smithies reported that Sydney's new coach will not be player ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO, despite his "wealth of football experience." Club officials including Chair Scott Barlow, Pignata and Football Dir Gary Cole "will meet shortly to lay the terms for a search" to find a new coach (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 11/12).

U.S. skier LINDSEY VONN "will not accept the Int'l Ski Federation's (FIS) decision, which rejected her request to race against men, and considers legal action," according to BLICK. Vonn said, "I've been very dissatisfied by the decision, and I won't quit. I will take a look at all my options. Do I have to go to court or file some kind of petition? At the moment, I don't really know what to do." The four-time overall world cup champion wanted to compete in the men's downhill race in Lake Louise, Canada at the end of November. FIS rejected her request citing rules that state "nobody is allowed to compete in a race of the opposite sex." Vonn said, "I'm currently seeking advice from lawyers and investing a lot of time and effort" (BLICK, 11/10).

German second-tier hockey club Bietigheim Steelers "have signed NHL New York Islanders JOSHUA BAILEY." The 23-year-old Canadian has scored 120 points in four seasons with the Islanders (, 11/9). ... Australian Rugby League Commission Chair JOHN GRANT Sunday night said: "We are down to the final stages and the last pages of reaching an agreement. We have been at this stage before and things can happen, so we're not quite there yet, but nothing is emerging that would prevent us from concluding the current discussions" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 11/12). ... OMAR BAHROOZIAN and MAHMOUD NADER AL BALOUSHI, two of the UAE’s longest serving tennis players, "have been rewarded with the Int'l Tennis Federation’s Davis Cup Commitment Award" (GULF NEWS, 11/11). ... RICHARD HUGHES "was officially crowned champion Flat jockey for '12 amid celebrations at Doncaster on Saturday." The 39-year-old finished the season with 172 winners to claim his first titie, ahead of Silvestre de Sousa (131) and William Buick (123) (, 11/10).

BUYER'S REMORSE: McLaren F1 Team Principal MARTIN WHITMARSH believed that LEWIS HAMILTON "may already be regretting his impending move to Mercedes." Whitmarsh also suggested that Hamilton's "decision to quit McLaren may have been made in anger following the 27 year-old’s retirement from the lead in Singapore in September with a gearbox failure." Whitmarsh said, "It is always bad to make a decision in the aftermath of a bad race" (London TELEGRAPH, 11/9). ... Manchester City forward CARLOS TEVEZ "has hit out at England coach GARY NEVILLE suggesting that his extra-curricular activities do not benefit England." Tevez told The Sun on Sunday: "Can you imagine Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland, Brazil or Argentina employing a manager's right-hand man whose day job is a television pundit? I can't ever see it happening" (PA, 11/11). ... Chelsea midfielder FRANK LAMPARD "will reportedly follow former teammates NICOLAS ANELKA and DIDIER DROGBA to join the Chinese Super League next season." Guizhou Renhe Chair DAI YONGGE "told a CCTV reporter during the first game of the Chinese FA Cup final between Renhe and Guangzhou Evergrande on Saturday that the club has signed Lampard" (CHINA DAILY, 11/11).

Bloomberg's TARIQ PANJA: "Chelsea announce first profit in Roman Abramovich era. £1.4 million pounds profit, compared to £67.7 million loss last year"

Manchester Evening News' MIKE KEEGAN: "On Wednesday you beat Barcelona and on Sunday draw with St Johnstone. Football, eh?"

Ferrari F1 driver FERNANDO ALONSO: "Busy day again... Gym, simulator, photo shooting..! I think today I have a chance to cook something new and see how it goes and taste... ;)"

The Times' PATRICK KIDD: "I subbed briefly at Telegraph in 2001. They didn't have many computers with internet then. Asked how I check facts, was told "call library""

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