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Part of DAVID BECKHAM's wages at Paris St. Germain "will be given to the largest children’s hospital" in Paris. Le Parisien reported that a decision had been taken “a few days ago” to give more than €500,000 ($650,000) to two charities, including the Necker children’s hospital in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. The identity of the second charity "was not known" (London INDEPENDENT, 4/17). ... Real Madrid head coach JOSE MOURINHO has told coaches at Canillas FC that "he will not be at Real Madrid next season." The Portuguese "has continually been linked with a summer departure from the Santiago Bernabeu, with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and most recently Monaco all said to be interested in recruiting him" (FOOTBALL ESPAŇA, 4/17). ... Former Pakistan cricketers SALMAN BUTT and MOHAMED ASIF "have lost their appeals against bans from cricket for spot-fixing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (EURO SPORT, 4/17). ... Veteran lifter NG CHOW SENG and Malaysia's top motorcyclist ZULFAHMI KHAIRUDDIN were given the 2012 Special Award at the National Sports Awards ceremony in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (THE STAR, 4/17). ... Rio de Janeiro-based football team Vasco da Gama midfielder CARLOS ALBERTO faces a "two-year ban from football after failing a doping test" (XINHUA, 4/17). ... New South Wales Rugby League has appointed MARK NOAKES as trainer "despite his sacking" by Cronulla Sharks due to the Australia Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation into the club (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 4/18). ... Finnish driver HEIKKI KOVALAINEN rejoined the Caterham F1 team as a reserve Wednesday, and "will take part in Friday free practice at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix (REUTERS, 4/17). ... After a snub from the organizers of a London meet, South African sprinter OSCAR PISTORIUS' agent PEET VAN ZYL said Wednesday that he "does not plan to return" to int'l athletics in the immediate future. Van Zyl: "Oscar has no plans to compete internationally at this point." Van Zyl dismissed suggestions Pistorius "had planned to compete at the July 26-28 Anniversary Games, but was not invited" (BANGKOK POST, 4/17).