Bulgarian football club CSKA Sofia has sacked Serbian coach MIODRAG JESIC after two games in charge and replaced him with former boss MILEN RADUKANOV. Radukanov becomes CSKA's third coach this season after 54-year-old Jesic, who guided the team to the league title in '05, replaced crowd favorite STOYCHO MLADENOV in January (AL JAZEERA, 3/11). ... Confederation of African football President ISSA HAYATOU has been re-elected unopposed for a final four-year term. The 66-year-old was the "only candidate and was retained unanimously at a vote in Marrakech on Sunday" (AP, 3/11).
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Team GB Gold Medalist JESSICA ENNIS said that she and coach TONI MINICHIELLO are "still a team even if it costs her money." Ennis has said that she will "dip into her own pockets" in order to keep working with Minichiello. Despite the absence of UK Athletics funding, Minichiello has "carried on working with Ennis, who in turn has said she may pay for him to continue their winning partnership this year" (EVENING STANDARD, 3/12). ... DENNIS RODMAN and North Korean leader KIM JONG-UN are "planning a holiday together." Rodman, who announced the vacation plan Monday said, "I don't condone what he does, but he's my friend." Asked if he planned to return to North Korea, Rodman replied: "Yes I will. In August. I'm vacationing with him" (AFP, 3/12). ... Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution AYATOLLAH SEYYED ALI KHAMENEI met the Iranian Olympic and Paralympic medal winners and officials on Monday (TEHRAN TIMES, 3/12). … Police in Punjab, India "may approach court" seeking directions to Olympian VIJENDER SINGH to give his hair and blood samples following the refusal of the boxer whose name has cropped up during investigation of the drug haul case (PTI, 3/12). … Turkish sports club Fenerbahçe Chair AZIZ YILDIRIM is "likely to get a three to six-month deprivation of rights accorded to the head of a football club due to threatening remarks he made to the referees of Sunday's Fenerbahçe-Bursaspor league match in the stadium corridors leading to the locker rooms" (TODAY’S ZAMAN, 3/12). ... Retired French cyclist LAURENT JALABERT was hit by a car as he was cycling on a city road in Montauban, France. Jalabert suffered numerous fractures and will need surgery (L'EXPRESS, 3/11). ... ... Taiwanese pitcher WANG CHIEN-MING said that "he hoped to return" to the U.S. to play Major League Baseball, "denying reports he is mulling a deal to play in Japan." Wang is a free agent after an injury-filled season with the Washington Nationals (SHANGHAI DAILY, 3/12).
Mercedes F1 driver LEWIS HAMILTON: "It's 36 degrees here today, hotter than satans toe nails in this mug!" (36C/97F)
London TELEGRAPH's PAUL KELSO: "Does the Papal Conclave make a Fifa World Cup vote look like the very model of transparency, or is it the other way round?"
London GUARDIAN's OWEN GIBSON: "Paddy Power's latest wheeze was to send a hot air balloon in shape of a pair of pants over the course. PR stunts ain't what they use to be."
BBC's GARY LINEKER: "Lionel Messi Is so utterly brilliant it is beyond belief."
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