Finnish F1 driver KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN "will reportedly leave Lotus at the end of the season and return to Scuderia Ferrari," according to Pohl & Uhl of BILD. Ferrari President LUCA DI MONTEZEMOLO has decided on Räikkönen as FERNANDO ALONSO's new teammate. During Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, the two sides "reportedly reached a breakthrough in negotiations." Räikkönen "won the 2007 drivers' title with Ferrari." Current Ferrari driver FELIPE MASSA "will reportedly be informed about his removal on Wednesday." Massa has been driving for Ferrari since '06, but has not won a race since '08. Former F1 world champion NIKI LAUDA said, "Kimi would also be my personal choice. He immediately helps the team forward" (BILD, 9/8).
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Second Bundesliga club 1860 Munich has appointed FRIEDHELM FUNKEL as its new head coach. The 59-year-old replaces ALEXANDER SCHMIDT, who "was fired on Aug. 30 after a disappointing start to the season." Funkel "will receive a one-year contract with an option for a subsequent contract" (SID, 9/7). ... Iran Pro League club Fajr Sepasi appointed ALI-ASGHAR KALANTARI "on Sunday as its interim coach" (TEHRAN TIMES, 9/8).
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Tunisia national football coach NABIL MAALOUL "announced his resignation following the team's 2-0 defeat" against Cape Verde Saturday night in Tunis (XINHUA, 9/8). ... The Mexican football team fired coach JOSE MANUEL DE LA TORRE "early Saturday morning, about three hours after an embarrassing home loss to Honduras in World Cup qualifying" (ESPN, 9/7).
London Times' PATRICK KIDD: "Unsurprised but v disappointed that squash didn't get Olympic vote. Screwed by being up against wrestling, deserves place more than golf"
Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "On Rush, Bernie added: "The guy that plays Niki is better looking and more charming"."
Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee President & CEO DMITRY CHERNYSHENKO: "Big day for athletes and fans of wrestling! It's coming back, in 2020 Olympic Program! #BA2013"
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