Former cricketer and India captain ANIL KUMBLE "will join the Mumbai Indians franchise as its chief mentor, replacing former South African all-rounder SHAUN POLLOCK" (TIMES OF INDIA, 1/21). ... The FA has "appointed ANDREW CREAN from the Jockey Club as the new group financial director." Crean "had spent the previous decade overseeing the finances of sports catering giants Compass." Crean "is replacing MARK DONNELLY, who is leaving the relative security of his FA post at Wembley to join the Premier League’s basement club Queen’s Park Rangers" (London DAILY MAIL, 1/21).
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German F1 driver TIMO GLOCK "has terminated his contract with the Marussia F1 team." The reason for the termination "is Marussia's financial situation." The team "needs a pay driver to take over Glock's cockpit." The 30-year-old earned about €2M ($2.7M) annually, his successor has to bring with him at least €5M ($6.7M) (BILD, 1/21). ... Second Bundesliga club 1860 Munich has signed Norwegian striker OLA KAMARA until the end of the season on a loan basis. The 23-year-old scored 12 goals in 30 games for his Norwegian club Strømsgodset IF during last season (Bundesliga). ... RAFAEL NADAL will make his return from knee injury on Feb. 5 alongside doubles partner JUAN MONACO at the Viña del Mar tournament in Chile (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 1/21). ... Turkish football club Galatasaray has signed Dutch midfielder WESLEY SNEIJDER through '16 (AS, 1/20). ... Big Bash League Melbourne Stars captain SHANE WARNE "has been found guilty and fined" A$5,000 ($5,250) for breaching Cricket Australia's code of behavior (AAP, 1/21). ... Former England national team player GARY LINEKER "left Twitter because the social networking site had begun to ‘take over.'" The Match of the Day presenter "had stated that he had deleted his account for ‘personal reasons’ last week." The 51-year-old said, "I left twitter because it tends to take over, and I thought I would try life without it. There is absolutely nothing sinister about the decision at all" (London DAILY MAIL, 1/20). ... Chinese amateur boxer ZHOU SHI MING, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time world amateur champion, "is set to be signed by Top Rank Boxing next week." Hall of Fame Promoter BOB ARUM "is flying to China" Monday for the "signing of the Chinese light flyweight amateur" (FIGHT NEWS, 1/21). ... The Japan Sumo Association announced that "former yokozuna TAIHO, whose record of 32 championships stands to this day, died at age 72 on Saturday in a Tokyo hospital." Taiho, whose real name was KOKI NAYA, "was a member of the Nishonoseki stable, which will close its doors after the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament concludes Jan. 27" (KYODO, 1/20).
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