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European Champions Cup Expected To Have Commercial, Broadcast Deals Done By Sept.

04 / 17 / 14

The architects of the new European Champions Cup rugby tournament "expect to have all commercial and broadcasting deals nailed down by September at the latest," according to Chris Hewett of the London INDEPENDENT. Only then will those "mourning the passing of the Heineken Cup understand why the uphe...

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Rangers Oldco Fined $380K, Will Keep Titles

Lawlord Nimmo Smith has judged that Scottish Third Division side Rangers "did not gain an unfair sporting advantage from their use of EBTs," according to Keith Jackson of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. This is "the crucial factor behind his decision not to strip the Ibrox club of any of its 54 titles" - ...

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Cardiff City Will Not Change Name To Cardiff Dragons

League Championship Club Cardiff City Owner Vincent Tan said that the club "will not be changing their name," according to Jamie Gordon of the London DAILY MAIL. It "was mooted that the club would be rebranded the Cardiff Dragons" -- also the name of a gay amateur team in t ...

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BSkyB In Talks About Cycling Series

Three people familiar with the situation said that BSkyB is in talks about "becoming a partner in a new cycling championship involving most of the teams that compete in the Tour de France," according to Duff & Panja of BLOOMBERG. The U.K.'s biggest pay-TV provider "wants to increase its bet on c ...

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Benitez Prepares For 'Stay Of Execution'

Chelsea Coach Rafael Benitez believes that he has "earned a stay of execution" at the club after stating that he has an "excellent" relationship with Owner Roman Abramovich and that he expects to remain in charge until May, according to Oliver Kay of the LONDON TIMES. Benitez’s tirad ...

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Ennis, Other Athletes Honored By The Queen

London Games Gold Medalist JESSICA ENNIS "has been appointed CBE at Buckingham Palace," while Team GB cycling Performance Dir DAVE BRAILSFORD "has been knighted," according to the BBC. Heptathlon winner Ennis said the QUEEN had told her "the summer was amazing" and asked how her training was g ...

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EPL Backs Fans' Portsmouth Takeover

Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore has "backed a fans’ takeover of Portsmouth and the Football League’s refusal to deal with any other bidders for the League 1 club," according to Richard Palmer of EXPRESS. Scudamore, who "had to deal with the mess three years ago" when Pompey under th ...

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Lancashire Reaches Naming Rights Deal

Lancashire has announced its ground will be known as Emirates Old Trafford for the next 10 years after "striking a major sponsorship deal," according to Andy Hampson of the London INDEPENDENT. The arrangement, reported to be worth up to £10M ($15.2M) "and the biggest in county cricket," will h ...

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Cricket To Step Up Drug Testing

English cricket bosses "are planning to step up testing for recreational drugs following the death of Tom Maynard," according to Sam Sheringham of the BBC. Post-mortem examination evidence presented at an inquest revealed that the Surrey batsman "was high on cocaine and ecstasy when he was electrocu ...

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Rangers To Learn Fate Over EBT Payments

The "commission appointed by the Scottish Premier League to rule on alleged undisclosed payments to Rangers players will announce its findings" on Thursday, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The SPL revealed that "the commission appointed in relation to 'RFC 2012 Plc (now in liquidation) and R ...

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EPL Attendance Up 4% To Date

EPL clubs are averaging 35,713 fans per game through Feb. 26, up 4% compared to the same point last season. Everton, which currently sits sixth in the standings, is seeing the league's biggest jump at the gate (+11%). Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland are also seeing strong gains th ...

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