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  • Wimbledon Tightens Up Clothing Policy, Vows To Strictly Enforce 'Almost Entirely White' Rule

    Roger Federer's orange-soled shoes were scrutinized at last year's tournament.

    Wimbledon's style police have "tightened up their clothing policy, with any offenders being warned that they will be sent to the referee's office," where a "supply of suitable clothing" awaits, according to Sanderson & Sheridan of the LONDON TIMES. The tournament referee, Andrew Jarrett, has told all the players and their clothing suppliers that the All England Club's interpretation of its "almost entirely white" rule will be "tougher than last year." So there will be "no repeat of Roger Federer's orange-soled trainers from last year, or Tatiana Golovin's fetching red knickers from a few years ago, nor John McEnroe's colourful sweat bands." Players will be allowed to have a "1cm coloured trim" around the neckline and cuff of their shirts, with the "same trim width being allowed down the outside seam of shorts, skirts and tracksuit bottoms." The same will apply for "caps, headbands, wristbands and socks." While female players have been "allowed a certain latitude with their undergarments, the screws are being tightened this year." Again, "only a single, 1cm of coloured trim will be permitted." Jarrett has said to players of both sexes, "Undergarments that either are or can be visible during play, including due to perspiration, must also be completely white and contain no more than 1cm of colored trim" (LONDON TIMES, 6/23). REUTERS' Michael Roddy wrote tickets for this year's Wimbledon are "even more in demand than usual." Stuart Bere, a gardener from Lincolnshire, England, was first in "The Queue" for tickets on Monday, "ensuring he would get to see" last year's men's singles champion and local favourite, Andy Murray, play on the tournament's opening day. "The Queue," a tradition "dating back" to the '20s, allows people who "haven't been able to buy tickets through a lottery-like ballot, or as part of the Wimbledon debenture scheme, to line up at the All England Club in south London for a ticket." Henry O'Grady of the Wimbledon press department said that by just after 8am on Sunday, The Queue was full. Some 500 people were "lucky enough to get one-day tickets" for Centre Court on Monday, where Murray "successfully began his title defence by winning in straight sets against Belgian David Goffin" (REUTERS, 6/23).

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  • Channel Nine CEO David Gyngell Says NRL Should Not Change State Of Origin Schedule

    Channel Nine CEO David Gyngell's view is that Rugby League's State of Origin comprises 20% of the game's "overall value," and "until an alternative is proposed that would increase revenue," the National Rugby League "should not consider altering the scheduling of Australia's biggest sporting event," according to Brad Walter of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Gyngell rejected suggestions his network "was inflexible on the scheduling and said he was sympathetic to clubs who lost players because of Origin duty or had to rely on them to back up just days after the fierce contests." Gyngell: "I am only inflexible until I hear a better idea and I think my inflexibility can actually protect the growth of the game. If it ain't broke then don't try to fix it." An "increasing number of officials, coaches and players have complained this season about the impact Origin has on the stars of the game and their clubs," with attendances and ratings down for matches involving "depleted teams." Gyngell, however, said clubs were "being compensated by the doubling of annual grants" since the new A$1B ($940M) TV deal began last year, "and a significant reason Nine was prepared to pay so much was because of Origin" (SMH, 6/23).

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  • NASCAR Team Owner Richard Childress Eyeing Move Into V8 Supercars

    NASCAR Team Owner Richard Childress is "reportedly eyeing a move into V8 Supercars," according to the AAP. Childress is "said to be looking to buy a team in Australia or at least establish a technical partnership with an outfit in the category." Childress and Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines COO Richard Gilmore "confirmed to their interest but did not reveal specifics." Childress said, "Rumors, damn rumors. I'll add some truth to those rumors." Gilmore said that with NASCAR "expected to introduce technical advances in engine development" in '15 or '16, "the move Down Under would be beneficial." Gilmore: "If that happens, we see NASCAR becoming more closely aligned with V8 Supercars and using similar engine technologies" (AAP, 6/23). V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton said he had no knowledge of Childress' interest. Childress' interest follows on from the much publicized negotiations between V8 team Dick Johnson Racing and IndyCar Team Owner Roger Penske, who has investments in Australia through his truck distribution business (V8 Supercars).

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  • Event Notes: Estimated 225,000 Spectators Attend Austrian F1 Grand Prix Over Four Days

    The Austrian F1 Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring "attracted an estimated 225,000 spectators over four days." On Thursday and Friday, the track "welcomed 20,000 and 40,000 spectators, respectively." The qualifying session on Saturday "was attended by 70,000, and Sunday's race took place in front of a sold-out crowd of about 95,000" (MOTORSPORT-TOTAL, 6/23). ... MMA promotion ONE Fighting Championship announced a deal with event promoter AMC Live Group that will see 10 fight nights held in 10 cities across China per year, including four in '14 (PHNOM PENH POST, 6/23).

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