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Volume 6 No. 212

People and Pop Culture

Olympic champion long-distance runner MO FARAH "has been voted Britain's greatest ever sporting champion" ahead of former rower STEVEN REDGRAVE and cyclist BRADLEY WIGGINS, according to Kaya Burgess of the LONDON TIMES. Olympic heptathlete JESSICA ENNIS-HILL "was ranked in fourth." ANDY MURRAYDAVID BECKHAM and CHRIS HOY were also in the top ten, which was completed by BOBBY MOORE, KELLY HOLMES and the ice-skating pairing of JAYNE TORVILL and CHRISTOPHER DEAN. The poll was "conducted by Great British Racing." There "were only three footballers listed in the top 50," plus former ManU Manager ALEX FERGUSON (LONDON TIMES, 10/12).

McLaren F1 team has signed PETER PRODROMOU "as head of aerodynamics but face a battle for his services" with Red Bull. Prodromou has agreed to return to McLaren after working there from '91-06. Prodromou's Red Bull contract does not expire until the end of next year, and with Team Principal CHRISTIAN HORNER "seemingly ready to hold him to it, the teams appear poised for a battle." McLaren Managing Dir JONATHAN NEALE said, "We have to remember the contract Peter has at the moment with Red Bull and I have to respect that" (London GUARDIAN, 10/12). ... Int'l Air Sports Federation (FAI) Environmental Commission Presidnet PIERRE DUVAL has been named to the board of the FAI. Duval joined the Aeroclub de France in '01, where he created a new commission in charge of safety, regulation and environment which he still manages working closely with the French CAA and Cologne-based EASA (FAI). ... The sixth general assembly of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee has re-elected President KIM JIN-SUN. The meeting also approved President Kim's proposal of re-appointing incumbent Secretary General MOON DONGHOO (PyeongChang 2018).

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ROGER FEDERER has decided to "end his partnership" with his coach, PAUL ANNOCONE, after working with him for more than three years. Federer announced the move after losing to GAËL MONFILS in the China Open. Federer is now "ranked seventh in the world" (AS, 10/13). ... Rugby player SONNY BILL WILLIAMS said that he will "return to rugby union" in '15 after a second season of league with the National Rugby League Sydney Roosters and also "plans to put his boxing career on the back-burner." Williams "wants to return to New Zealand to play rugby in 2015, hopefully with Super Rugby champions the Chiefs," with whom he played in '12 (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/13). ... Cricketer SACHIN TENDULKAR, who will retire from Test cricket next month, "is all set to play new innings in a role of administrator or consultant to contribute to the game of cricket." SHARAD PAWAR, former chief of Mumbai, Indian and int'l cricket, said on Saturday that Sachin "has responded positively to his request for taking up new role after retirement." Pawar: "I told him that he should join hands with cricket administrators to strengthen the Indian cricket further. Sachin was too happy to accept my request" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 10/12). ... The family of former F1 test driver MARIA DE VILLOTA said that her sudden death on Friday "was linked to the severe injuries she suffered in a crash last year." De Villota suffered serious head and facial injuries, including the loss of her right eye in the crash, while testing for the Marrusia team at Duxford Aerodrome in Cambridgeshire, England, last July. The 33-year-old "was found dead in a hotel room in the southern Spanish city of Seville on Friday morning and an autopsy confirmed that she had died of natural causes" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/13). ... Angola has "parted company" with its Uruguayan coach GUSTAVO FERRIN after "failing to get past the group stage of the World Cup qualifiers" (REUTERS, 10/13). ... Football Federation Australia made "tentative contact" with Dutchman GUUS HIDDINK about the national team coaching job left vacant by the sacking of HOLGER OSIECK (REUTERS, 10/13). ... Fulham has "failed to persuade" RENÉ MEULENSTEEN to join its first-team coaching staff, with the former ManU assistant set to become the Qatar FA's technical director (London GUARDIAN, 10/8). ... Kent County Cricket Club has announced the death of former captain, Chair and President DAVID CLARK at the age of 94. Clarke played 75 matches for the county following his debut in '46, "and he skippered the side for the final three seasons of his career before retiring" in '51 (SKY SPORTS, 10/11).

Sport360°'s REEM ABULLEIL: "Kudos to Egypt's Sherif Sabry on winning the $10k in Sharm El Sheikh. He beat Kontinen 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 #tennis #egypt"

London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Of all the places for hooliganism to rear its head, wouldn't have expected half time at Atherstone Town to be one:"

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