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M Schumacher to donate
Formula One champion Michael Schumacher will donate US$10 million to aid efforts for tsunami victims in Asia. Manager Willi Weber made the pledge in a telephone call on Tuesday to a televised fundraising gala in Germany titled "We want to help -- a heart for children" and organized in collaboration with the German Red Cross, the UN Children's Fund and other organizations. A decision on how the Ferrari driver's donation will be used is to be made together with the Foreign Ministry in the next few days.
Nelyubin fatally stabbed
Former Olympic cycling gold medalist Dmitri Nelyubin was fatally stabbed in St. Petersburg, Russian news reports said Tuesday. He was 33. Nelyubin, a member of the four-man Soviet team which won the 4,000m pursuit at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, was knifed near his St. Petersburg home early on New Year's Day. He was preparing to set off fireworks with family and friends when the group was approached by several men, Russian media said. An argument broke out and Nelyubin was stabbed several times in the stomach. He died later in a hospital. Nelyubin is survived by his wife and a son.
Cuche finished for season
Top Swiss skier Didier Cuche is out for the season after he was injured in training ahead of a World Cup giant slalom race, Switzerland's national federation said Tuesday. Cuche tore a ligament in his right knee during a fall as he prepared for the Jan. 11 race in Adelboden, Swiss Ski said in a statement. The 30-year-old is fifth in the International Ski Federation's World Cup overall standings -- the highest-placed Swiss in the table. Cuche's best World Cup performance was in 2002, when he finished the season third overall.
Court rules on Knievel
A US federal appeals court Tuesday threw out a defamation lawsuit Evel Knievel and his wife brought against the cable television sports network ESPN for labeling the daredevil a "pimp." The 66-year-old Knievel and his wife, Krystal, claimed a caption to a photograph posted on ESPN's Web site damaged their reputations. The photo showed Knievel, his wife and an unidentified woman above the caption: "Evel Knievel proves that you're never too old to be a pimp."
Bud Poile dies at 80
Hockey Hall of Famer Bud Poile, the father of Nashville Predators general manager David Poile, died Tuesday in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 80. "Bud devoted his life to the service of hockey, and with his passing, the game has lost a true friend and valued contributor," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. "On behalf of the entire NHL family, I extend heartfelt condolences to the Poile family." Poile, who helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup in 1947, was the first general manager of both the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks.
Golden Eagles dress up
Going with a traditional look, Pacific League newcomers the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles revealed their new uniforms on Wednesday. The home uniforms are white with crimson and gold trim while the road uniforms feature a crimson jersey with white pants. "It's a classic look," said the team's general manager Marty Kuehnert.