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Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys In Talks To End Ecclestone Trial

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Prosecutors and attorneys for  Bernie Ecclestone are "in talks about a possible deal to end" the F1 CEO's bribery trial in Germany. His defense team today called for "proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible and asserting that the proc...

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Hornets' Rebranding Brings In New Sponsors

The Hornets' "yearlong process to de-Bobcat" the franchise has been a "successful campaign -- in part because of the popularity of the Hornets brand here as well as the general disinterest in all things Bobcats," according to Erik Spanberg of the CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL. The Bobcats were a "loser ...

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MLB Franchise Notes

In San Diego, Kevin Acee wrote there is "no one more powerful person" in the Padres organization than President & CEO Mike Dee, "outside of the team's two primary owners," Peter Seidler and Ron Fowler. Dee put a "significant voice to the decision to axe" GM Josh Byrnes a little more than a week ...

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Nets Lost $144M In '13-14

The basketball side of the Nets’ business is "projected to have lost" $144M over the '13-14 season, according to a league memo to all 30 teams cited by Zach Lowe of GRANTLAND. The NBA "expects nine teams will end up having lost money once luxury-tax distribution and revenue-sharing payments ar ...

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Bucks' Lasry, Edens Criticized For Kidd Situation

Bringing Jason Kidd to Milwaukee to coach the Bucks was "by far the biggest mistake" team co-Owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens "made since they bought the Bucks" two months ago, according to Tom Oates of the WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL. Even if Kidd "proves to be a good coach, the awkward, cold-blooded ...

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49ers Sell Out Inaugural Levi's Stadium Season

The 49ers ticket inventory for their inaugural season at Levi’s Stadium is sold out. The franchise has added 1,500 standing-room-only tickets for each home game and will make a limited number of single-game tickets available throughout the upcoming season on a per-game basis ( 49ers ). In San ...

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Astros Work To Determine Leak Source

The Astros “reacted sternly” yesterday “after text messages containing internal correspondence between team officials regarding trade talks with other clubs” were published on Deadspin.com, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. The team issued a statement “condemning ...

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Franchise Notes

In L.A., James Rainey reports a trial into whether Clippers co-Owner Rochelle Sterling had the right to sell the Clippers “will not focus on her husband’s mental capacity, but instead will review if she acted properly under the terms of a family trust" and if banned Clippers Owner Donald ...

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Bucks, Nets Reach Compensation For Kidd

The Bucks will send a pair of second-round draft picks to the Nets "to secure the coaching rights to Jason Kidd," according to sources cited by Broussard & Stein of ESPN.com. The Bucks "had been offering one second-round pick," but the Nets were eyeing a '15 first-round pick ( ESPN.com, 6/ ...

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Phillies Fear Rebuild Will See Attendance Drop

Phillies President & CEO David Montgomery is concerned that a complete rebuilding process of the on-field product would have too negative an impact on the attendance at Citizens Bank Park, according to Kevin Cooney of the BUCKS COUNTY COURIER TIMES. Montgomery: “Some people say that the Ph ...

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NHL Franchise Notes

In Buffalo, John Vogl writes Sabres GM Tim Murray now claims the title of "face of the Sabres' franchise," as he is "clearly the man in charge in Buffalo." This was evidenced by his "actions at the NHL Draft and pointed comments" after buying out D Christian Ehrhoff. Murray is "reshaping the entire ...

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