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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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02/13/13
Gus Johnson Makes Football Debut

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02/13/13
Bundesliga Moving Into New Markets

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02/12/13
IOC Set To Cut One Sport From Program

IOC leaders are meeting to "decide which sport to drop from the Olympic program and how to deal with the fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal," according to Stephen Wilson of the AP. At a two-day IOC exec board meeting beginning Tuesday, the IOC will also "review preparations" for the 201 ...

Tags: Olympics, Europe

02/12/13
Doctor Offered Blood Transfusion For $5K

Former pro cyclist JÖRGE JAKSCHE told a Madrid court that Spanish blood doctor EUFEMIANO FUENTES would charge €4,000 ($5,365) for "transfusing one bag of blood, but offered a discount for two bags," according to Jacquelin Magnay of the London TELEGRAPH. The evidence "may prove devastat ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Europe, United Kingdom

02/12/13
Kabel Eins' BBL Broadcast On Right Track

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02/11/13
Beckham Shirt, Shoe Sales Hit $1.6B

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02/11/13
FIFA Ethics Adviser Criticizes Europeans

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