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  • Salford Red Devils Owner Marwan Koukash's Wife Bids To Buy Bradford Bulls

    Super League rugby side Salford Red Devils Owner Marwan Koukash claimed that "a bid by his wife Mandy to buy Bradford Bulls is a serious one and insists there would be no conflict of interests if she is successful," according to the PA. Just more than a year since rescuing Salford with a view to transforming their fortunes, Koukash "has revealed his partner wants to do the same with the Bulls." All offers for the club "have to be with the administrator, Leeds-based David Wilson, by close of business on Thursday and Koukash has confirmed that his wife will meet the deadline." Koukash said, "We're as confident as we could be at this stage. I am being told our bid is very good. There is substance behind it." Rival bidders "are thought to include London-based businessman Richard Lamb and representatives from Bradford Park Avenue, Bradford City and former owner Omar Khan." There is nothing in the rules "to prevent a husband and wife owning different Super League clubs" (PA, 3/13).

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  • Chelsea Ditches Summer Tour To Avoid Burnout Of Players After World Cup

    Chelsea "will not go on a lucrative tour this summer to ensure their squad avoid burn-out next season," according to Simon Johnson of the London EVENING STANDARD. With a shorter close season due to the World Cup, Chelsea has "decided to play a series of one-off games in Europe instead." Trips to North America and Southeast Asia "have been financially rewarding and given Chelsea a great opportunity to increase their global fanbase." But with the majority of its squad involved in the World Cup in Brazil, which will also delay holidays and the date players report back for training, "a lighter schedule is being planned." Chelsea will hope that by staying in Europe it "can gain an advantage" over its rivals which "are still going on tours this summer" (EVENING STANDARD, 3/13).

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  • Ukrainian Basketball Team Donetsk Quits VTB League Due To Political Climate

    The basketball club Donetsk, based in the Russian-speaking eastern part of Ukraine, has pulled out of the VTB United League as the economic and political situation in the country deteriorates against the backdrop of escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea. The league's directorate has approved the squad's request to leave the league, which Donetsk blamed on the uncertain political and economic climate in Ukraine. VTB League's directorate said, “Based on information [received from Donetsk], the extremely unstable political and economic situation had a negative impact on the club. Foreign and leading local players have left the club, and it can no longer guarantee safety to squads coming to Donetsk for games.”

    A NEW LOCATION: The directorate also made the decision to move two upcoming games of Ukraine's other squad in the league, Mariupol-based Azovmash, to the Russian cities of Samara and Volgograd, respectively. Donetsk was not available for comment. The squad continues to play in the Ukrainian league, where it is currently in second place, behind Khimik Yuzhny. The VTB League features 20 teams from the former Soviet republics, Poland and the Czech Republic. The future of many Ukrainian professional teams is currently uncertain because of the the poor economic situation in the country and possible secession of the Black Sea peninsular region of Crimea.
    Vladimir Kozlov is a writer in Moscow.

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  • Former Cricketer Ganguly, Bollywood Actor Khan Battle For Lone Kolkata ISL Franchise

    Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly met with All India Football Federation Chief Praful Patel "to express his desire" to own the Indian Super League's Kolkata franchise, according to Debasish Datta of MID-DAY. Including Kolkata, "bids have already been invited" for nine cities including Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Mumbai. Ganguly, however, "has a strong contender" for the lone Kolkata franchise slot in Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. AIFF VP Subroto Datta confirmed that Kahn "is indeed keen to own the Kolkata franchise." The actor already owns the "highly successful" Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders and was even "named the brand ambassador for the city." Ganguly and Khan are not "necessarily the best of friends considering the stylish left-hander was first picked to lead KKR and later dumped by the franchise" in '09. Though there are other prominent names doing the rounds for some of the other ISL franchises, "there is no doubt that the eagerly watched battle" is going to be the Ganguly vs. Khan clash (MID-DAY, 3/12).

    ourav Ganguly’s love for football is well known and so is the fact that he was a good footballer long before he began playing professional cricket. So, it comes as no surprise then that the former India captain is keen to own a team in the city-based IMG-Reliance Indian Super League to be played between September and November.


    Sourav Ganguly

    It is learnt that Ganguly has already met All India Football Federation (AIFF) chief Praful Patel to express his desire to own the league’s Kolkata franchise. Including Kolkata, bids have already been invited for nine cities including Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Mumbai. Of these, eight teams will be picked for the tournament. Ganguly however, has a strong contender for the lone Kolkata franchise slot in Shah Rukh Khan. AIFF vice president Subroto Datta confirmed to mid-day that SRK is indeed keen to own the Kolkata franchise.


    Shah Rukh Khan

    The superstar already owns the highly successful Indian Premier League outfit Kolkata Knight Riders and was even been named the brand ambassador for the city by none other than West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee after KKR won the IPL in 2012.

    Ganguly and SRK aren’t necessarily the best of friends considering the stylish left-hander was first picked to lead KKR and later dumped by the franchise (in 2009). Ganguly subsequently moved on to the Sahara Pune Warriors franchise, even as SRK maintained that he and his team had in no way “humiliated” him.

    Though there are other prominent names like actor John Abraham, Sunil Gavaskar’s Professional Management Group, Jindal Steel, among others doing the rounds for some of the other IMG-Reliance Indian Super League franchises, there is no doubt that the eagerly watched battle is going to be the Ganguly vs SRK clash.

    - See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/prince-vs-king-ganguly-srk-battle-for-kolkatas-lone-football-franchise/15152096#sthash.9gbOAU66.dpuf

    ourav Ganguly’s love for football is well known and so is the fact that he was a good footballer long before he began playing professional cricket. So, it comes as no surprise then that the former India captain is keen to own a team in the city-based IMG-Reliance Indian Super League to be played between September and November.


    Sourav Ganguly

    It is learnt that Ganguly has already met All India Football Federation (AIFF) chief Praful Patel to express his desire to own the league’s Kolkata franchise. Including Kolkata, bids have already been invited for nine cities including Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Mumbai. Of these, eight teams will be picked for the tournament. Ganguly however, has a strong contender for the lone Kolkata franchise slot in Shah Rukh Khan. AIFF vice president Subroto Datta confirmed to mid-day that SRK is indeed keen to own the Kolkata franchise.


    Shah Rukh Khan

    The superstar already owns the highly successful Indian Premier League outfit Kolkata Knight Riders and was even been named the brand ambassador for the city by none other than West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee after KKR won the IPL in 2012.

    Ganguly and SRK aren’t necessarily the best of friends considering the stylish left-hander was first picked to lead KKR and later dumped by the franchise (in 2009). Ganguly subsequently moved on to the Sahara Pune Warriors franchise, even as SRK maintained that he and his team had in no way “humiliated” him.

    Though there are other prominent names like actor John Abraham, Sunil Gavaskar’s Professional Management Group, Jindal Steel, among others doing the rounds for some of the other IMG-Reliance Indian Super League franchises, there is no doubt that the eagerly watched battle is going to be the Ganguly vs SRK clash.

    - See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/prince-vs-king-ganguly-srk-battle-for-kolkatas-lone-football-franchise/15152096#sthash.9gbOAU66.dpuf

    ourav Ganguly’s love for football is well known and so is the fact that he was a good footballer long before he began playing professional cricket. So, it comes as no surprise then that the former India captain is keen to own a team in the city-based IMG-Reliance Indian Super League to be played between September and November.


    Sourav Ganguly

    It is learnt that Ganguly has already met All India Football Federation (AIFF) chief Praful Patel to express his desire to own the league’s Kolkata franchise. Including Kolkata, bids have already been invited for nine cities including Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Mumbai. Of these, eight teams will be picked for the tournament. Ganguly however, has a strong contender for the lone Kolkata franchise slot in Shah Rukh Khan. AIFF vice president Subroto Datta confirmed to mid-day that SRK is indeed keen to own the Kolkata franchise.


    Shah Rukh Khan

    The superstar already owns the highly successful Indian Premier League outfit Kolkata Knight Riders and was even been named the brand ambassador for the city by none other than West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee after KKR won the IPL in 2012.

    Ganguly and SRK aren’t necessarily the best of friends considering the stylish left-hander was first picked to lead KKR and later dumped by the franchise (in 2009). Ganguly subsequently moved on to the Sahara Pune Warriors franchise, even as SRK maintained that he and his team had in no way “humiliated” him.

    Though there are other prominent names like actor John Abraham, Sunil Gavaskar’s Professional Management Group, Jindal Steel, among others doing the rounds for some of the other IMG-Reliance Indian Super League franchises, there is no doubt that the eagerly watched battle is going to be the Ganguly vs SRK clash.

    - See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/prince-vs-king-ganguly-srk-battle-for-kolkatas-lone-football-franchise/15152096#sthash.9gbOAUForm

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