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Russian Sports Minister Casts Doubt On Sochi Hosting 2017 Figure Skating Championships

04 / 24 / 14

Russia’s bid to host the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships in Sochi "was cast into doubt" Wednesday after Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko "signaled his disapproval," according to R-SPORT. Russian Figure Skating Federation President Alexander Gorshkov said Tuesday that "he had submitted a bi...

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Government To Back Team New Zealand

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10/03/13
Tropical Storm Threatens Korean F1 Race

This year’s South Korean F1 Grand Prix "will kick off this weekend in the southwestern city of Yeongam," according to Baek Byung-yeul of the KOREA TIMES. It "remains to be seen whether tropical storm Fitow, forecast to arrive on the peninsula, Sunday, will affect the race in any way." All eyes ...

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10/03/13
Australian Open Boosts Payout To $31M

The Australian Open in '14 will see a boost in prize money to a record A$33M ($30.8M) -- a 10% increase that is "slightly less" than the record-setting uptick last year, according to Linda Pearce of THE AGE. The distribution "will be finalised after discussions with the ATP and the WTA, although the ...

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10/03/13
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10/02/13
Berlin Wants To Host WTA Event In '15

Former German tennis player Michael Stich has together with the tennis club LTTC Rot-Weiß Berlin applied for a license to host a WTA tournament in Germany. The club facility last hosted a women's tournament in '08. Stich: "We have together with the club submitted an application to the WTA." St ...

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10/02/13
MotoGP Not Returning To Laguna Seca

The MotoGP World Championship will not be making "its annual July stop at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca" in Monterey, Calif. in '14, according to the MONTEREY COUNTY HERALD. After a week of "speculation on motorcycle racing websites, the raceway confirmed the news Monday, marking the end of nine straigh ...

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10/02/13
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Ramps Up Tourism

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10/02/13
Australia Named America's Cup Challenger

Winemaker Bob Oatley and his son, Sandy, formally challenged the U.S. defenders, the Golden Gate Yacht Club, "for the 35th running" of the America's Cup, according to Rupert Guinness of THE AGE. On Tuesday, after the Oatleys confirmed that the "Hamilton Island Yacht Club had been accepted by the Gol ...

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10/02/13
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10/01/13
Ward Promises Bahrain Investigation

The controversial Bahrain F1 Grand Prix "faces an investigation if the FIA appoints a new leader," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. David Ward, who is campaigning to take over from Jean Todt as president of motor racing’s ruling body, "criticised his rival’s 'poor decision-m ...

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