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Dutch Crown Prince WILLEM-ALEXANDER "is quitting the IOC as he prepares to become king." The Dutch government said in a statement: "The prince has asked the president of the IOC to relieve him of his duties as IOC member in the Netherlands." Willem-Alexander, "an avid sports fan," has been an IOC member since '98 (AP, 1/29). ... Former Brazilian national basketball team coach ARY VIDAL died on Monday in a Rio de Janeiro hospital at the age of 77 (ESPN BRASIL, 1/28). ... Barcelona President SANDRO ROSELL revealed that striker LIONEL MESSI will sign a contract extension "next week" to stay with the club through '18 (MARCA, 1/28).