Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli "has appointed former F1 driver JEAN ALESI as brand ambassador" (MOTORSPORT TOTAL, 1/23). ... Paris St. Germain midfielder LUCAS will live in a condominium in the Neuilly-sur-Seine suburb and will be neighbors with former French President NICOLAS SARKOZY and his wife CARLA BRUNI (FOLHA DE S. PAULO, 1/24). ... Athletic Bilbao and Spanish int'l striker FERNANDO LLORENTE has agreed to a contract with Juventus for four years and will start with the Italian club on July 1 (EFE, 1/24). ... Prince of Asturias DON FELIPE has accepted the invitation to become the honorary president of the Madrid 2020 bid (EFE, 1/24). ... Real Madrid goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS will miss between six weeks and three months after fracturing a bone in his left hand during the club's Copa del Rey game against Valencia (L'EQUIPE, 1/24). ... Legendary Australian pacer GLENN MCGRATH is "all set to join" the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, India as its bowling consultant (PTI, 1/24).
Swansea ballboy CHARLIE MORGAN: "The king of all ball boys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting."
London Telegraph's PAUL HAYWARD: "Please tell me the ball-smothering Swansea ball boy hasn't acquired an agent with a view to doing a 'buy-up' of his story. Please."
The New Paper's IAIN MACINTOSH: "A silly footballer kicking a silly boy is NOT what we should take from last night."
English footballer JOEY BARTON: "Hazard only crime is he hasn't kicked him hard enough... " ... "Just re-read that last tweet and it sounds like i'm advocating kicking ballboys! Haha I was mearly trying to point out Hazard, may as well.." ... "..of kicked him properly for the way he is going to be punished for this. Public perception is he's volleyed him. In reality he's tried.." ... "..all be it in an aggressive manner to dislodge the ball from beneath him. I am strictly against the kicking of balls people. #kickitout"