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England & Wales Cricket Board Chair Graves Opens Door To Pietersen Return

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 02 / 15

Incoming England & Wales Cricket Board Chair COLIN GRAVES has given England cricket player KEVIN PIETERSEN "a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career," according to the AFP. With England toiling at the World Cup and Pietersen having spoken of his eagerness t...

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Garber Talks State Of MLS Post Beckham

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Coca-Cola Enters F1 With Burn Brand

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Ecclestone Sued For $650M

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Is Australia Next For David Beckham?

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Billabong Boss Hatches Buyout Plan

Surfwear company Billabong is "again under threat of takeover," after U.S. Divisional Chief Paul Naude stepped down temporarily while he "seeks financial backers for a leveraged buyout," according to Blair Speedy of THE AUSTRALIAN. Naude is a director on the Billabong board as well as president of i ...

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Austin F1 Race Draws Rave Reviews

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Kroenke Named Most Powerful Man In Sports

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Coca-Cola Confirms F1 Interest

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IMG Media Partners With Vans

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Canada To Invest $100M In Sports

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