Indian cricketer SACHIN TENDULKAR, the world's most prolific int'l run-scorer, "will retire after playing his 200th test match at home against West Indies next month," according to Sudipto Ganguly of REUTERS. The 40-year-old "has compiled a record 100 international centuries." Tendulkar said, "All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It's hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it's all I have ever done since I was 11 years old." Talk of Tendulkar's retirement "had polarised opinions in the cricket-mad nation and speculation was rife" after the Board of Control for Cricket India announced a "two-test series at home in November against the Caribbean side" (REUTERS, 10/10). The BBC reported "Tendulkar's final appearances will also take place in India." Tendulkar holds the record for the most Test appearances, "with Australians RICKY PONTING and STEVE WAUGH joint second on 168." BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said on Twitter, "Perfect symmetry to Sachin's retirement: 200th Test, not confirmed, surely to be played in Mumbai. Also a charming man to deal with, which I have been fortunate to do many times." Former England captain MICHAEL VAUGHAN tweeted, "One of the greatest ever Sachin Tendulkar is retiring. One of my heroes and an absolute joy to play against" (BBC, 10/10). The FINANCIAL TIMES' Mallet & Wembridge wrote the 5-foot-6 player, affectionately known as "Little Master," is a "superstar for Indian cricket fans of all creeds from Kashmir to the far south and is admired worldwide for his prowess with the bat." He broke numerous run-scoring records, "leading India's renaissance as a power in world cricket, and is often compared with the Australian DON BRADMAN and VIV RICHARDS of West Indies, both of whom were knighted for their services to cricket." Amid blanket coverage across Indian TV news channels of the cricketer's retirement, Indian politician and author SHASHI THAROOR said, "It's an extraordinary career. The greatest Indian ever to wield a cricket bat" (FT, 10/10).
END OF AN ERA: The PTIreported former BCCI President SHARAD PAWAR on Thursday said that "Sachin Tendulkar's decision to quit Test cricket marks the end of a golden era." Pawar: "Sachin Tendulkar's decision to retire from Test cricket marks the end of a golden era for not only Indian cricket but of cricket world over. He strode the arena of cricket like a colossus and in his long innings, established many a milestones for himself and the game" (PTI, 10/10). The PTI also reported BCCI President N. SRINIVASAN "paid glowing tributes" to Tendulkar. Srinivasan: "No one has served Indian cricket as Sachin has. He has been an inspiration for generations of sportsmen not just cricketers. We respect his decision to retire although many of us can't imagine an Indian team without Sachin" (PTI, 10/10). The PTI reported Ponting once said that "he would probably be batting in a wheelchair if he survived in world cricket as long as Sachin Tendulkar." Former India opener SUNIL GAVASKAR: "It is hard to imagine any player in the history of the game who combines classical technique with raw aggression like the little champion does. There is not a single shot he cannot play." In his book, "Shane Warne's century," Australian cricketer SHANE WARNE wrote, "The way he conducts himself and handles fame and everything that goes with being Sachin is a great example for all sportsmen" (AFP, 10/10). The PTI reported "tributes poured in from across the cricketing world." Gavaskar: "It has left such a big hole to fill in the Indian Test batting line-up. It wouldn't be easy to replace him." Another former India captain and Tendulkar's long-time teammate, SOURAV GANGULY, said that Tendulkar "made the right decision by announcing his retirement before the start of the West Indies series." Ganguly: "It's the right decision and he has done it at the right time. ... I will request the people of this country to come for these Two Test matches, whether in Kolkata or Mumbai, just to show their respect to this great man." Former cricket captain MOHAMMAD AZHARUDDIN said that Tendulkar's decision "wasn't surprising." Azharuddin: "It was coming for sure but I didn't have the clue as to when it was coming. But it's his decision and we must respect it" (PTI, 10/10).
MotoGP team Ducati Corse has appointed LUIGI DALL'IGNA as its new GM. The current Aprilia race director will replace BERNHARD GROBMEIER, who held the position since the end of last year. Grobmeier, 54, "will assume a strategic position at the Volkswagen Group's motorsports department." Dall'Igna will start his new position on Nov. 11 (SID, 10/9). ...Synergy announced that JOSH ROBINSON has joined the company as head of digital. He will be responsible for digital strategy across all of Synergy's clients, and for leading Synergy's digital division, which has pioneered digital and social media innovation in sponsorship for clients including BMW, Coca-Cola and RBS. Robinson joins Synergy from media rights holder Sports Revolution, where he led work for UEFA, the RFU and the Football League (Synergy). ... The Japan FA handed J.League side Vegalta Sendai Manager MAKOTO TEGURAMORI "the task of guiding" the men's U21 national team to a place at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 45-year-old Teguramori, "who will leave Sendai at the end of this season," will be given a contract from Jan. 2, 2014 through Aug. 31, 2016 (KYODO, 10/10). ... The Qatar FA Election Commission announced on Wednesday the re-election of SHEIKH HAMAD BIN KHALIFA BIN AHMED AL THANI "as president for another four-year term." Hamad bagged 19 votes "to secure another term" (THE PENINSULA, 10/10).
Qatar’s SHEIKH JOAAN BIN HAMAD AL THANI paid "a world-record" 5M guineas ($8.3M) for a 1-year-old female horse at the annual Tattersalls bloodstock auction of Europe’s top young thoroughbreds. The yearling filly, a daughter of '01 Epsom Derby winner GALILEO, "was the most expensive horse of any age sold at auction in Europe," beating the 4.6M guineas paid in '06 for MAGICAL ROMANCE (BLOOMBERG, 10/9). NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN was at the Mall of Asia in Manila on Thursday for the 2013 NBA Global Games showdown between the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers (INQUIRER.NET, 10/10). ... EPL Cardiff City and South Korea player KIM BO-KYUNG has been named Southeast Asian Player of the Year at the 2013 Asian Football Awards at London's Wembley Stadium on Tuesday. He has 21 caps for his country and was a squad member at the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 London Olympics (Cardiff City). ... Former Croatian national team coach LJUBOJEVIC ZIVCO "took over" Chinese Basketball Association side Jilin Northeast Tigers on Thursday. Jilin's former coach, WANG HAN, "will be Zivco's assistant in the new season of the CBA league" (XINHUA, 10/10). ... Supporters of Bulgaria side Levski Sofia "have won their fight" to get rid of new coach IVAYLO PETEV, who has resigned just 24 hours after his appointment. In his official presentation to the media, "furious fans attacked Petev and stripped him of his shirt in front of journalists and photographers." Immediately after the incident, two of the club's most senior executives, IVO TONEV and NASKO SYRAKOV, "resigned" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 10/10). ... Serbian VLADISLAV HERIC has quit South African National First Division side FC Cape Town. Club manager EDWARD GREY "confirmed the well-travelled Heric has resigned." A replacement for Heric, who has also coached Black Leopards and Bay United, "is expected to be named before the end of the week" (SOWETAN LIVE, 10/9). ... FC Barcelona footballer NEYMAR wants "to open a restaurant in Barcelona." Neymar now owns part of the Spanish location of the "Paris 6" restaurant. The Sao Paulo restaurant owned by businessman ISAAC AZAR is known to name plates after celebrities, and "already has a dish named after Neymar" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 10/10).
IN AUSTRALIA: Australian Football League side Essendon unveiled MARK THOMPSON as its interim senior coach during JAMES HIRD's 12-month suspension. NEIL CRAIG was appointed -- on a two-year deal -- to the new position of head of coaching, development and strategy (THE AGE, 10/10). A vote of directors from National Rugby League club Parramatta "is expected to confirm" JASON TAYLOR as the next Eels coach within days. Taylor, who has previously coached Parramatta in a caretaker capacity before taking charge of South Sydney for two seasons, was an assistant to Sydney Roosters mentor TRENT ROBINSON (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/11). ... Racehorse owner GAI WATERHOUSE "faces a possible suspension" after her appeal against guilty findings from the MORE JOYOUS affair "was dismissed by the NSW Racing Appeals Panel." Chair JOHN HIATT "warned Waterhouse under a legal precedent known as the 'Parker direction' that she should consider her options or could face an increase in fines," which total A$7,000 ($6,620), and/or risk suspension (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/11).