Former League Championship side Crystal Palace Owner SIMON JORDAN "has been ordered to remove all mentions" of ex-Crystal Palace Academy Dir JOHN CARTWRIGHT from the reprint of his book "Be Careful What You Wish For," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. The book was "shortlisted for the 2012 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Prize" and was "scathing" about Cartwright. Jordan made "defamatory claims about Cartwright benefiting from Palace junior players who signed professional contracts and described the respected former as an 'extremely bad apple' and 'very difficult, bitter and negative man.'" Sale wrote, "The resulting legal action saw Cartwright paid an undisclosed sum as well as receiving a written apology and the numerous offending comments removed from the second edition" (DAILY MAIL, 2/14).
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Israeli Premier League club Hapoel Tel Aviv sacked coach YOSSI ABUKSIS following a run of "five straight matches without a win" (L'EQUIPE, 2/17). ... Football legend ZINEDINE ZIDANE "will coach" one of Real Madrid's youth teams next season (MARCA, 2/15). ... League Championship club Blackpool is set to confirm former England captain PAUL INCE as manager on Monday. The former England captain and ManU, Liverpool and Inter Milan midfielder "has been in talks with Blackpool for several days" and "sat in the directors' box at Portman Road to see Michael Chopra's 50th-minute strike seal the points for Ipswich" (LONDON TIMES, 2/16). ... FIFA exec board member CHUCK BLAZER announced that "he will not seek re-election." Set to leave his office in May, Blazer said via statement that, “It is time for new faces with new energy to take over the responsibility of FIFA’s leadership.” The 67-year-old will leave "having served five terms" (PRO SOCCER TALK, 2/16).
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RAFAEL NADAL beat DAVID NALBANDIAN 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Brasil Open on Sunday. It was his first trophy since returning from a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee (AP, 2/17). ... Prince ALI BIN AL-HUSSEIN of Jordan, "the youngest person to hold the position of FIFA Vice President representing Asia," began a three-day visit to Cambodia. Al-Hussein also visited the "SALT Academy headquarters in Battambang, home of the AFDP-supported Mighty Girls Football Programme" (PHNOM PENH POST, 2/15). ... Hockey Hall of Famer WAYNE GRETZKY and his daughter PAULINA were in golfer DUSTIN JOHNSON’s gallery on Thursday at the PGA Tour Northern Trust Open (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 2/15).
Süddeutsche Zeitung's THOMAS HUMMEL: "Was für ein Spektakel: #Neureuther gewinnt vor 40.000 Österreichern Silber in #Schladming." ... ("What a spectacle: #Neureuther wins silver in front of 40.000 Austrians in #Schladming.")
Sky Sports News' RACHEL BROOKES: "Weirdest dream last night. I was driving in a grand prix. Well, I say driving, I started the race and caused a huge crash at turn 1!"
Mundo Deportivo Dir SANTI NOLLA: "Gol 300 de Messi. El mejor del mundo, sin duda" ... ("Goal 300 for Messi. The best in the world, without a doubt")
Olympic sprinter USAIN BOLT: "I said I would dunk and got in one."
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