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Vietnam Announces It Will Not Host 2019 Asian Games, Citing Lack Of Preparation

04 / 18 / 14

Vietnam "quit as host" of the 2019 Asian Games on Thursday, citing a "lack of preparedness and concerns that holding the multi-sport event would not prove financially viable," according to Nguyen Phuong Linh of REUTERS. Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung said that Vietnam was "suffering from the effects of ...

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02/21/14
Event Notes

More than a third of tickets to see Serie A side Juventus take on the A-League All-Stars have been sold ahead of their release to the general public on Thursday -- "and football chiefs have contingency plans in place to make it a Festival of [Alessandro] Del Piero if it turns out to be the Sydney FC ...

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02/20/14
Rugby League World Cup Names Co-Hosts

The Rugby League has awarded the 2017 World Cup to New Zealand and Australia. The co-hosts submitted their bid last year and beat out South Africa. The hosting proposal includes games in Papua New Guinea, with the possibility of further fixtures staged in other Pacific Islands. NZ Rugby League CEO P ...

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02/20/14
Surveyed Brazilians Oppose World Cup

A survey released Tuesday indicated "little more than half of Brazilians would oppose bidding to host the World Cup if they were asked at this moment," according to the EFE. In a poll conducted by MDA, "when asked if they would support a World Cup bid today," 50.7% said no, 19.7% said they would "pa ...

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02/19/14
FIFA Expects Police To Control Protests

FIFA expects World Cup host Brazil to "deploy police if necessary to contain violent demonstrators and guarantee access to stadiums," as the "specter of street protests disrupting" the event looms, according to Anthony Boadle of REUTERS. FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, who is "touring some Wor ...

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02/19/14
Pendlebury Backs Night AFL Grand Final

Australian Football League side Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury "has backed suggestions for the AFL grand final to be shifted from its traditional afternoon timeslot," according to Jon Pierik of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Pendlebury and Gold Coast Suns skipper Gary Ablett "were in New York ear ...

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02/18/14
World Cup City Scraps Fan Fest

The Brazilian northeastern coastal city of Recife said that it "will no longer pay for FIFA’s Fan Fest," an outdoor screening venue for fans without tickets, at this year’s event, according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. The fan zones "were popular" during the 2006 World Cup in Germany and ...

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02/18/14
NZ, South Africa Seek New Structure

New Zealand and South Africa are "pushing for the abolition of local derbies in Super Rugby" as SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby) "completes plans for a new competition structure to kick off in the 2016 season," according to Bret Harris of THE AUSTRALIAN. New Zealand and South A ...

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02/18/14
Auckland To Pursue State Of Origin

Officials of Aukland's Eden Park are "ready to resume their pursuit of State of Origin following the runaway success of the Auckland Nines," according to Brent Read of THE AUSTRALIAN. Eden Park CEO David Kennedy retains a "long-standing interest in bringing an Origin game to Auckland" and said Monda ...

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02/18/14
Event Notes

The "fallout from the eruption of Mount Kelud continues to fan out across Java and is now affecting local sports, with football and basketball having to cancel fixtures." Indonesia Super League CEO Djoko Driyono announced on Friday that "it had postponed at least four matches -- three in the worst-h ...

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02/17/14
Tear Gas Mars La Liga Clash

The La Liga match on Saturday between Villarreal and Celta Vigo was "halted shortly before the final whistle and delayed by about half an hour after a tear gas canister was thrown on to the pitch," according to MARCA. Celta led 1-0 at Villarreal's El Madridgal stadium and "there were about three min ...

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