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French Open To Increase Prize Money For Champions, Early-Round Losers

04 / 16 / 14

French Open singles champions will get a record €1.65M ($2.3M) each, "with first-week losers receiving the biggest raise as the tennis tournament responds to players’ demands for more even prize money," according to Danielle Rossingh of BLOOMBERG. The tournament "has lifted prize money f...

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05/13/13
DFB Sets New Membership Record

The membership figure of the German Football Federation (DFB) has reached the highest value in the federation's history. The federation has a total of 6,822,233 members, which is 22,105 more than the previous year. The DFB is divided into 21 state federations. The number of football clubs has remain ...

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05/13/13
ESPN America To Stop Broadcasts In July

ESPN's British-based European sports network, ESPN America, revealed that it "will suspend its TV broadcasts in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East on July 31," according to DIGITALFERNSEHEN. Not affected by the network's decision are the U.K. and Ireland, as British telecom company BT bought E ...

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05/13/13
Barcelona To Remain Spain's Sole F1 Race

The head of Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya said that it "is ready to deal a blow to fellow Spanish city Valencia's hopes of a return to the Formula One calendar next year," according to Keith Weir of REUTERS. The track's Dir General Salvador Servia "played down suggestions that Barcelona, which ha ...

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05/13/13
Bremen Could Sell Stadium Naming Rights

Bundesliga Werder Bremen board member Marco Bode "has taken on a taboo topic at the club and not categorically excluded the sale of naming rights for the Weserstadion," according to the DPA. The former German national team and Werder Bremen player said, "I could imagine it. However, it certainly wou ...

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05/13/13
Names In The News

Man City "will sack" Manager ROBERTO MANCINI this week. Man City is "still debating the timings of the move," but the manager could be dismissed before the club’s match at Reading on Tuesday or, failing that, "before or immediately after the final game of the season against Norwich City at t ...

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05/13/13
Event Notes

Rafael Nadal offered his support for Madrid's bid to host the 2020 Olympics after winning the Madrid Open. Nadal said, "There is no city that deserves the Games more than Madrid" ( AS, 5/12 ). ... On Thursday, the X Games will get underway in Barcelona in one of the city's biggest events since t ...

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05/13/13
Doping Doctor To Sell 'Dirty' Secrets

Convicted sports-doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes is "threatening to reveal the dirty secrets of the world's major sporting events as he offers to sell his story to newspapers after being convicted on public health charges in Spain for his role in helping top cyclists to cheat," according to Giles Tr ...

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05/13/13
Football Notes

Police in Brazil have banned the use of the caxirola -- "the country's version of the vuvuzela" -- from a 2014 World Cup football stadium amid safety concerns. The type of maraca will be prohibited from a local match at Salvador's FonteNova stadium on Sunday after hundreds of the plastic objects wer ...

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05/13/13
Olympic Notes

NHL representatives and int'l hockey and Olympic officials met in Stockholm "in a new round of talks aimed at securing an agreement for the league's participation in the Sochi Games." While no final deal was reached, "all sides indicated they expect the NHL will send players to the Olympics for a fi ...

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05/10/13
Sky Extends Contracts With Golf Majors

German pay-TV channel Sky Deutschland "will continue to have the most comprehensive golf coverage on German TV as it extended its media rights with three of the four majors until '15," according to Manuel Weis of QUOTENMETER. The network "extended its contracts with the U.S. Open, The Open Champions ...

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