Names In The News
TOP OF THE CHART: Spanish tennis player DAVID FERRER "has become for the first time in his career the top Spanish player in the ATP rankings." Ferrer has surpassed the injured RAFAEL NADAL to become No. 4 in the rankings. Nadal dropped to No. 5 (MARCA, 1/28). ... Sky Deutschland Chief Commentator MARCEL REIF "has extended its contract with the pay-TV channel until summer '15" (DWDL, 1/28). ... Broadcaster BeIN Sport VP CHARLES BIETRY will leave his post "in the upcoming weeks" (TELE, 1/26). ... Chinese sailor GUO CHUAN "finished half voyage of his solo non-stop sailing around the world last week." The mark of Guo's half voyage was a buoy near the Port Coronel Rosales, east of Argentina (XINHUA, 1/28).
ATHLETE CONTRACTS: Istanbul club Galatasaray has completed its signing of Chinese Super League Shanghai Shenhua forward DIDIER DROGBA in a one-and-a-half-year deal (UEFA). ... Barcelona midfielder XAVI has signed a contract extension through June 30, 2016 (AS, 1,28). ... Swiss National League A hockey club SC Berne has signed former Czech Stanley Cup champion PETR SYKORA "to a contract until the end of the season." Sykora has scored 721 points (323 goals/398 assists) in 1,017 NHL games (NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG, 1/28).
NEWS FROM HOLLYWOOD: Newly Oscar-nominated BRADLEY COOPER will star as LANCE ARMSTRONG in American producer JJ ABRAM's "forthcoming biopic of the shamed cyclist." Cooper, who competes for a best actor Academy Award next month for his portrayal of a troubled soul in American Dir DAVID O'RUSSELL's "Silver Lining Playbook," expressed his interest in the role in an interview with BBC last week. Cooper: "I think he's fascinating" (London GUARDIAN, 1/28).