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Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV) men's national team head coach MATHIAS BERTHOLD "will not extend his contract and will leave the federation." Berthold: "I've decided not to extend the contract with ÖSV due to personal reasons." Men's downhill coach BURKHART SCHAFFER "will also leave the federation and return to his native Canada" (KURIER, 3/31). ... Chilean footballer SEBASTIÁN GONZÁLEZ announced that "he will retire after this season." González, 35, played for Liga MX side Atlante from '02-05 and also played for various Mexican and Chilean clubs during his career, "in addition to representing the Chilean national team" (EMOL, 4/1). ... Hong Kong football pioneer WALTER GERRARD "died on Sunday morning in Queen Mary Hospital after his health deteriorated." Walter was born in Glasgow and arrived in Hong Kong in Sept. '70 (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 4/1). ... Malaysia national hockey coach PAUL REVINGTON's contract "will end by the middle of this month, but he will probably still serve with the national team until October." New national chief coach K. DHARMARAJ "is keen to have Revington continue as a consultant and the South African is expected to be with the team until the Asian Games in Incheon" from Sept. 19-Oct. 4 (THE STAR, 4/1). ... The National Anti-Doping Agency Appeal Panel "has reduced the two-year suspension" of wrestlers JOGINDER SINGH and GURSHARANPREET KAUR "by about 10-and-a-half months" (THE HINDU, 3/31). ... Sri Lanka cricketer TILLAKARATNE DILSHAN has been fined 20% of his match fee for arguing with an umpire's decision during his side's Group 1 match against New Zealand on Monday (ICC).