The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) announced that it renewed the contract for coach PAULO BENTO for two more years. Bento has coached the Portuguese national team since '10. His contract was set to expire after this summer's World Cup (EFE, 4/9). ... J.League club Vegalta Sendai Manager GRAHAM ARNOLD has left by “mutual consent,” becoming the J. League’s first coaching casualty of the season. Assistant SUSUMU WATANABE "has replaced" Arnold (KYODO, 4/9). ... Int'l Ski Federation President GIAN-FRANCO KASPER "has been elected head of the association of Olympic winter sports bodies." The 70-year-old Kasper was elected Tuesday, succeeding Int'l Ice Hockey Federation President and fellow Swiss RENE FASEL. Fasel had served as president of the Association of Int'l Olympic Winter Sports Federations since '02 (AP, 4/8).
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