Names In The News
French Olympic skier DAVID POISSON, a downhill bronze medalist at the '13 world championships, died following a crash in training. The 35-year-old was killed at the Canadian resort of Nakiska, the French skiing federation said in a statement (BBC, 11/13). ... Former ManU player RYAN GIGGS is "set to sign a consultancy deal to become director of football at a Vietnamese football academy." The Promotion Fund of Vietnamese Football Talents FC said that the 43-year-old "will be responsible for coaching players and training coaches" (BBC, 11/13). ... MO FARAH received his knighthood from QUEEN ELIZABETH II, describing the moment as "incredible" and something he never imagined would happen. The four-time Olympic champion was honored at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday "for his services to athletics" (BELFAST TELEGRAPH, 11/14). ... RAFAEL NADAL's season ended as the Spaniard withdrew from the ATP Finals on Monday after "failing to recover from a recurrence of his perennial knee problems." Nadal: "My season is finished. I tried hard. I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play, but I am really not ready to play" (London INDEPENDENT, 11/14). ... UFC lightweight champion CONOR MCGREGOR "will not be seen inside the Octagon again" before '18 after his actions at a Bellator event in Dublin. McGregor "jumped into the cage to celebrate" stablemate CHARLIE WARD's win over JOHN REDMOND but was "involved in an altercation with the referee" (London INDEPENDENT, 11/14). ... Former Chelsea striker DIDIER DROGBA announced plans to "retire from football at the end of the season." The 39-year-old, who is currently playing for United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising in the U.S., will "devote his time to other projects" (SKY SPORTS, 11/14). ... Family members of former IAAF President LAMINE DIACK stepped up "their campaign to secure his release" by distributing a brochure of achievements supposedly "patiently pursued by a man of conviction." Diack, the 84-year-old Senegalese who was replaced by SEBASTIAN COE at the IAAF in '15, was "charged with corruption and aggravated money laundering" as part of a French investigation in Nov. '15. He is being held under house arrest in Paris (INSIDE THE GAMES, 11/14).