Names In The News
Former Barcelona and Real Madrid footballer RONALDO was featured in a 1 1/2-hour-long special Monday night on Spanish TV show Fiebre Maldini (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 4/22). ... Two-time Olympic medal winner ARKADY VYATCHANIN "has decided to quit swimming for Russia and represent another country." Vyatchanin said, "I believe that I can offer nothing else to Russian swimming. ... I will decide which county's team to join in the near future" (AFP, 4/22). ... Former F1 driver TAKUMA SATO made IndyCar history Sunday "after becoming the first Japanese driver to win a race in the U.S. series" (THE NATIONAL, 4/22). ... Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship motorcycle rider AZLAN SHAH KAMARUZAMAN became "the first Malaysian to win the SuperSports 600cc category" at the Sepang Int'l Circuit Sunday (THE STAR, 4/22). ... Serie A Inter Milan Owner MASSIMO MORATTI "has confirmed that he will not be replacing" head coach ANDREA STRAMACCIONI over the summer. The tactician's job "was believed to be on the line." However, speaking outside his Saras offices on Monday, the oil baron insisted that Stramaccioni "would remain on the bench" (EUROSPORT, 4/22). ... American Ryder Cup golfers DUSTIN JOHNSON and ZACH JOHNSON "have pulled out of the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea this week because of the political tension in the region" (REUTERS, 4/22).