Bundesliga club Hamburg SV has fired head coach BERT VAN MARWIJK less than five months after he took over the team. The 61-year-old "will receive compensation" worth close to €3M ($4.1M). He will receive around €500,000 ($685,000) for the remainder of this season and €2.4M ($3.3M) for next season. Former Hannover 96 coach MIRKO SLOMKA "will reportedly succeed Van Marwijk as HSV head coach" (BILD, 2/16). ... Spanish football coach GREGORIO MANZANO signed a contract to take over as coach of Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan on Saturday. Manzano "is the first Spanish coach to take the reins of a CSL club" (EFE, 2/16). ... Former Indian Test captain JAVED MIANDAD "has tendered his resignation to the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board." Miandad, who has served as director-general cricket on the board since '08, sent his resignation letter to new PCB CEO NAJAM SETHI just four days after the government sacked Chair ZAKA ASHRAF and dissolved the governing body (PTI, 2/15). ... EPL side Fulham appointed FELIX MAGATH as its manager and "charged him with saving their Premier League status after losing faith" in RENÈ MEULENSTEEN and "relieving him of his first-team duties after only 75 days in charge." The west London club "have not technically sacked Meulensteen; rather they have made his position untenable by bringing in Magath to do his job and, although the terms of his departure have not yet been finalised, that will happen over the coming days." Fulham confirmed the appointment of Magath on an 18-month contract and also said the composition of his backroom staff would be revealed "in the near future" (London GUARDIAN, 2/14).
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NFL Dallas Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES "is excited about bringing his team to London this autumn, as he backed the idea of a team being based in the U.K. in the future." The expansion of the NFL to the U.K. "continues to move on at pace, with this year three regular season games taking place at Wembley Stadium" (SKY SPORTS, 2/14). ... Liga MX side Atlante President JOSÉ ANTONIO GARCÍA, Mexican politician DAVID PENCHYNA, MAURICIO BREMER of cement producer Cemex and businessman EDGAR MURILLO were robbed at gunpoint at a restaurant in the Mexican state of Hidalgo on Saturday. García said that "he and his friends were robbed of their watches and that no shots were fired" (LA AFICION, 2/15). ... Cyclist MUHAMMAD RAIHAAN ABD AZIZ of Brunei has been banned for two years from "competition and sports activity" after testing positive for anabolic steroids (GLOBAL TIMES, 2/16). ... ManU striker WAYNE ROONEY "will become the highest-paid player in Premier League history" when he signs a new £86M ($144M) contract this week. The England striker "will finally end speculation about his future" by putting pen to paper on a new five-and-a-half-year contract worth about £300,0000 ($502,000) a week that will tie him to Old Trafford until June '19, a few months shy of his 34th birthday. Rooney "is not due to return from a warm-weather training break in Dubai with United until this evening, but a deal has been agreed in principle by all parties," and is expected to be signed formally before Wednesday. The news "represents a significant boost" to ManU Manager DAVID MOYES (LONDON TIMES, 2/16).
Reuters' ALAN BALDWIN: "Things I have learned this week at the Olympics 8. Ivica Kostelic sounds very like Rubens Barrichello when he speaks in English."
The AP's ROB HARRIS: "City captain Vincent Kompany on TV: "We wanted revenge." City manager Manuel Pellegrini in press conference: "It's not revenge""
Daily Telegraph's HENRY WINTER: "Proper atmosphere at the Emirates. Belting game. The FA Cup still matters."
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