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SBD Global/November 12, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes: NBA To Donate $250,000 To Philippines To Help Typhoon Relief Efforts

The NBA and its players' association have announced a $250,000 donation to those impacted by the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines. The NBA explained that "the donation will be managed by UNICEF." Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose mother is from the Philippines, will "also make a public appearance to ask for help ahead of a second donation" (EP, 11/11). ... The National Rugby League will "tighten laws around the crusher and canonball tackles" before next season. NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg has "flagged a crackdown on the two controversial tackling techniques" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11/11). ... Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke "has raised doubts" over the Decision Review System, which the Board of Control for Cricket in India "has been opposing from the very beginning," saying the controversial technology should not be used if it isn't perfect, as it can "distort the process." Clarke: "The referral system -- where captains have two unsuccessful referrals at their disposal -- can distort the process. I don't like the tactics involved, where umpires and the teams know how many referrals are left, and change their decisions accordingly. It should be consistent for all players" (PTI, 11/11). ... The World Boxing Council "will continue its move to stop what the WBC says is the International Boxing Association's (Aiba) attempt to monopolise the sport." WBC Exec Dir Mauricio Sulaiman said, "We are trying to make this known to the world. We are trying to prevent major concerns and problems for boxing" (BANGKOK POST, 11/11).
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