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SBD Global/June 20, 2017/Franchises

Franchise Notes: Honda Ready To Deliver Engine Upgrade To McLaren F1

Honda "appears set to deliver a much-needed engine upgrade this weekend in Baku." In Canada, McLaren F1 leadership admitted its frustration "was at a boiling point after the team's hapless partner failed to deliver an upgrade as scheduled." Honda F1 CEO Yusuke Hasegawa said that he "could not promise it would even be ready for the following race in Azerbaijan." But he has now said that "help is on the way this week." He said, "There will be some kind of improvement in the combustion engine in Baku" (AUTOWEEK, 6/19).

Hong Kong football club South China has been told to "respect player contracts" despite its decision to go down to the second tier, the First Division, next season. The club "dropped a bombshell earlier this month" by giving up its Premier League place. Nine players are "still under contract to play for them next season" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 6/19).

Super League side Wigan Warriors was "reprimanded and ordered to pay costs" for postponing its Super League fixture against Widnes Vikings in February. Wigan "called off the game, without consulting Widnes, as the pitch had deteriorated following Storm Doris and needed time to recover so that Wigan Athletic could play football on it." The club must pay £2,000 ($2,546) in costs for the Rugby Football League (BBC, 6/19).

Australian Football League side Sydney Swans announced the establishment of a Youth Girls Academy. The Youth Girls arm of the Sydney Swans Academy will commence in '18, with 140 places available in an initial 12-week training program open to 12 and 13-year-old girls. The program will be delivered across three metropolitan training hubs, including Moore Park, northern Sydney and southern Sydney (Sydney Swans). 
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