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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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11/22/13
Euro Rugby Faces Duel Tournaments

The possibility of rival European club tournaments next season grew on Thursday after the four RaboDirect unions and France announced the Heineken Cup would continue, and English and French clubs insisted their Rugby Champions Cup "would go ahead regardless," according to Paul Rees of the London GUA ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Europe, United Kingdom

11/22/13
DTM To Race In Guangzhou In 2014

The German Touring Car Championship (DTM) "will host its race in China on the street circuit of Guangzhou in '14," according to the SID. A 4.1km street course "will be designed and constructed for the race weekend." However, the national and int'l motorsports associations "first have to approve the ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Europe, Asia

11/22/13
Myanmar Readies For SEA Games

A total of 33 sports events "will be held on a grand scale" at the 27th Southeast Asia Games in three main cities -- Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Pathein in Myanmar in December, according to XINHUA. Apart from Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon "will host the largest number of sports events" including Kampo, ...

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11/22/13
Sydney Int'l Chases Andy Murray

Brisbane's loss "could be Sydney's gain," as organizers in Sydney "seek out Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to gauge his interest in hitting off his new season further south," according to Margie McDonald of THE AUSTRALIAN. Murray has played and "won the past two Brisbane Internationals but is on the ...

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11/22/13
Thailand Open Sold To China Organizers

Thailand Open officials confirmed on Thursday that falling spectator numbers and a "general decline in local tennis interest" since the '07 retirement of Paradorn Srichaphan have "killed" the event, with the ATP 250 event sold to organizers in Shenzhen, China, according to the DPA. The move to the m ...

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11/21/13
Dakar Rally '14 To Feature New Routes

The 2014 Dakar Rally will propose, in five stages, "different routes for the cars and motorcycles," which the event's organizers said will "increase difficulty and make the race more interesting," according to the EFE. Details were announced Wednesday in Paris. The race will begin Jan. 5 in Rosario, ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, South America

11/21/13
U.S. PGA Tour Addresses Global Tour

US PGA Tour Commissioner Tom Finchem "has played down the prospects of a global tour coming to fruition any time soon, but has given his tentative support" to playing one of the sport's four majors -- the US PGA Championship -- outside the U.S. in the "near future," according to Brent Read of THE AU ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, North America

11/21/13
Event Notes

The Qatar Marine Sports Federation "plays host to a double-header of thrilling marine sports activity this weekend," when it hosts the fourth round of the Formula One Powerboat World Championship and the inaugural Qatar Nations Cup on Doha Bay. The first Qatar Nations Cup began Tuesday and ende ...

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11/20/13
RFU Chief Eager To Restart Euro Talks

Rugby Football Union CEO Ian Ritchie "is trying to restart negotiations" over the future of a European club tournament after weeks of deception by the Pro12 unions, according to Paul Rees of the London GUARDIAN. Three meetings scheduled for this month have been postponed because the unions "are relu ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, United Kingdom

11/20/13
Scott Boosting Attendance, TV Ratings

Evidence shows that the public is "taking the opportunity to see Australia's first US Masters champion," according to Matt Murnane of THE AGE. Adam Scott is attempting to "conquer the unprecedented 'Scotty Slam' -- which is winning all three Australian Majors as well as this week's World Cup in the ...

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