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SBD Global/September 25, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes: Wild Card Entries In 2014 FIBA World Cup Will Have To Pay $674,600

Of the 24 teams that will participate in the 2014 Int'l Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup in Spain, 20 have already been decided. The four remaining spots will be "awarded at FIBA's central board meeting Nov. 23-24 in Buenos Aires." The "wild-card entries come with an expensive price tag." Each must pay $674,600 -- "no small fee, especially for national teams without a huge budget" (USA TODAY, 9/23). ... The Pakistan Cricket Board has said that "it can't force umpire Asad Rauf to go to Mumbai to be questioned in the Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal." Rauf was named as a "wanted accused" in the chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police on Saturday (PAKISTAN TODAY, 9/24). ... The WTA "will set up an office at the Singapore Sports Hub once it opens in April next year." The global body in charge of professional women's tennis said that "this is part of its commitment to develop the sport and the WTA Championships which Singapore will host" from '14 until '18 (CHANNEL NEWS ASIA, 9/24).
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