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National Rugby League Side Canterbury Gets Government OK For $93M Project

04 / 18 / 14

National Rugby League side Canterbury Bulldogs "has received the government's go-ahead" for a A$100M ($93M) project "to transform its premises at Belmore into a six-star hotel and create new revenue streams that should guarantee the financial security and strength of the Bulldogs," according to Dani...

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News Ltd. May Sell Brisbane Broncos

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Aussie Open Scores In China With Li Na

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V8 Team DJR In Doubt For Opener

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Aussie Open Final Receives Top Ratings

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Ecclestone Jabs Back At Victorian Gov't

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Fox Proposes AFL Reality Show

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UCI Oceania Seeks Second WorldTour

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Taxpayers Pay Millions To Host F1 Race

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Tasmania Invests $15.8M Into Arena

The Tasmanian government will invest A$15M ($15.8M) into the redevelopment of Blundstone Arena in Bellerive, Australia. The announcement, made Wednesday by Premier of Tasmania Lara Giddings, and Cricket Tasmania Chair and Cricket Australia Dir Tony Harrison, matches the A$15M investment from th ...

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Del Piero, Dempsey Plan Le Mans Team

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