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Channel 2 Chief Says IPL Triple Language Broadcast Receives Positive Response

04 / 18 / 14

The Indian Premier League radio commentary in three languages "has become a big hit all over the Middle East," according to K.R. Nayar of GULF NEWS. Channel 2 Group Corp. Chair and Cricket Radio Founder Ajay Sethi said, “We are providing live ball-by-ball coverage of the seventh edition of the...

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Pakistan-India Cricket Tour Blacked Out

Pakistan’s first cricket tour to India in five years "faced a media blackout" Monday after int'l news agencies, including the AFP, suspended coverage over a decision to bar their photo counterparts, according to the AFP. News outlets said that they would not be filing any text or pictures afte ...

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Leeds Owners Take Inexpensive Route

Dubai-based GFH Capital said it would not spend "crazy money" to restore Leeds United to the Premier League after completing a takeover reportedly worth £52M ($83.6M), according to Keith Weir of REUTERS. GFH has bought the club from majority shareholder and former Chelsea Owner Ken Bates, who ...

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ATP Partners With Emirates

Dubai-based airline Emirates agreed to a five-year sponsorship with the ATP Thursday that will make it the official airline of the ATP World Tour as well as the new title sponsor of the ATP rankings beginning Tuesday. As part of the deal, Emirates will also become the official platinum partner of th ...

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Romanian Club To Sell All Foreign Players

Troubled Romanian club Rapid Bucharest plans to offload every foreign player on its books and build a squad made up entirely of locals in an attempt to ease its wage bill, according to REUTERS. Rapid Manager Danut Perja said, "We renounce all foreigners. All of them will receive the documents under ...

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Religious Tensions Derail Basketball

Lebanon's basketball league "was postponed indefinitely as Beirut’s two rival teams -- one backed by Christian politicians, the other by Muslims -- fight over who has control of Lebanon’s most-popular game," according to Barbara Surk of the AP. The controversy between the Christian-backe ...

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BCCI Will Not Call Off Indo-Pak Series

The Board of Control for Cricket in India "shot down" Bharatiya Janata Party's demand of cancelling the Indo-Pak limited-overs cricket series in the wake of visiting Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik insulting India, insisting that the matches would be held as scheduled," according to the PTI. ...

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Climate Won't Slow Dubai's Games Bid

Sochi 2014 Olympic Organising Committee CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko said that Dubai, UAE has a "sporting chance" of hosting the Olympics despite its harsh climate, according to Ben Flanagan of THE NATIONAL. Dubai is "expected to bid" for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Chernyshenko predicted such an event wil ...

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Qatar Begins World Cup Stadium Work

A top official said that Qatar will soon begin working on its first new football stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to THE PENINSULA. Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary General Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani revealed that the work on the new stadium "is expected to be completed in ...

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QSL Launches Online Ticket Service

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Doha To Have Solar-Powered Arena

Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary General Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al Thani said that the Al Sadd Stadium in Doha is set to become Qatar's "first solar-powered stadium," according to THE PENINSULA. The project "will be completed" by '14, a year before the World Handball Championship is hosted in ...

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