Names In The News
World No. 1 TIGER WOODS said that he "thoroughly enjoyed playing in the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open this week but refused to commit to the European Tour event next season." Asked whether he would return to Turkey in 2014, Woods said, "I don't know" (REUTERS, 11/10). ... MARC MARQUEZ became the youngest rider to be crowned MotoGP World Champion, and the first rookie to take the title in 35 years, after finishing third in the Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday (LONDON TIMES, 11/10). ... Lotus F1 driver KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN is out for the rest of the '13 season after electing to undergo back surgery. Raikkonen was leaving the team after the season to return to Ferrari. Lotus reserve driver DAVIDE VALSECCHI is expected to finish the season (London TELEGRAPH, 11/10). ... Powerlifter GUNDUZ ISMAYILOV "was banned for life" in '04 after a second anti-doping violation in four years (IPC). ... UAE side Al Wahda is "looking to JOSE PESEIRO" to get its "misfiring season back on track after dismissing KAREL JAROLIM as coach on Friday after only 10 games in charge." Jarolim "was only appointed in the summer but had endured a tough start to the campaign, and the club had said they acted over the weekend in a bid to keep alive their hopes of challenging for a trophy this season" (THE NATIONAL, 11/10). ... World champion 400m hurdler ZUZANA HEJNOVA "became the Czech Athlete of the Year 2013, as expected, winning the annual poll of the Czech Athletics Association (CAS) for the first time, the poll organisers announced at an award-giving ceremony" (CESKENOVINY, 11/10).