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  • Int'l Cycling Union Postpones 2017 Tour Of Turkey

    The Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) postponed the 2017 Tour of Turkey that was scheduled for April, reportedly "after clashes with other races and the security situation prompted minimal interest from teams," according to SPORT24. The Tour of Turkey, which "takes place under the auspices of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan," is an annual event and Turkey's "premier cycling race of the year." The UCI said in a statement that "the 2017 edition of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey has been postponed from its scheduled date in April." It did not give further details. But Turkish Cycling Federation President Erol Küçükbakırcı said earlier this month that he had asked the UCI for a "delay until October" due to the "congested cycling schedule." Cycling News said that this, "along with security concerns," meant "almost none of the 18 World Tour teams had accepted an invitation to the event" (SPORT24, 2/16).

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  • Event Notes: Newcastle, Bath To Hold Races On Good Friday

    Newcastle Racecourse and Bath Racecourse "are to join Lingfield Park in racing on Good Friday this year." In addition to the All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield, which offers prize money of £1M ($1.25M), Newcastle and Bath will run cards worth £250,000 ($312,000) and £175,000 ($219,000), respectively, on April 14. Following the "multi-million pound redevelopment" of the facilities at Bath in '16, Good Friday will see the course host its "richest ever raceday" to open the '17 season (SKY SPORTS, 2/16).

    Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar on Thursday said that he "would like" the Pakistan Cricket Board to hold the final match of the Pakistan Super League "in the metropolis." He promised "support to organise the event in every way." The PCB had promised to provide "top-level security" to the PSL finalists at Gaddafi Stadium. But a bomber targeting police negotiating with protesting pharmacists on Monday killed 13 people in Lahore, "casting fresh doubt over whether foreign cricketers will risk a return to playing in Pakistan" (DAWN, 2/16).

    World Boxing Association President Gilberto Mendoza "cast doubt on the prospect of a third fight between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz." Mendoza said that the WBA "may order a mandatory fight" between featherweight champion Santa Cruz and fellow Mexican Abner Mares (BBC, 2/16).

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