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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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04/07/14
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Super Rugby side ACT Brumbies Dir of Rugby Laurie Fisher believes Super Rugby needs to expand its fan base beyond the "hardcore supporters" with the club's lowest crowd in 15 years set to cost the outfit up to A$30,000 ($27,000). Just 7,129 fans watched the Brumbies beat the Auckland Blues 26-9 on F ...

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04/04/14
Tower Demolition Planned For Glasgow '14

Five huge tower blocks "that have seen some of the worst deprivation in Glasgow in the past 50 years are to be demolished as part of a spectacular opening ceremony for this summer’s Commonwealth Games," according to Danielle Sheridan of the LONDON TIMES. The Red Road flats, which until recentl ...

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04/04/14
Hawk-Eye Makes Badminton Debut

The Hawk-Eye replay system "has made its badminton debut at the India Open Super Series," according to IANS. After testing various instant-review technologies, the Badminton World Federation "has contracted Hawk-Eye Innovations to provide instant-reviews for major events." This includes Hawk-Eye&rsq ...

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04/04/14
Tennis Club Puts Tournament Plans On Ice

Tennis club LTTC Rot-Weiß Berlin "has put the idea of hosting a WTA grass tournament on ice," according to Sebastian Arlt of the BERLINER MORGENPOST. LTTC Rot-Weiß Sports Dir Markus Zoecke said, "We have put it on ice for the moment." Last year, club President Werner Ellerkmann talked to ...

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04/04/14
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Bahrain "tightened security" on Thursday, as the three-day F1 Grand Prix was about to get under way, with the country's Shiite opposition "planning protests to seize world attention for pro-reform demands." On Thursday, police "were deployed along a main road linking Manama to the Sakhir F1 circuit ...

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04/03/14
South African Cycling Team Green Lighted

Cycling team MTN-Qhubeka "will become the first African team to ride a Grand Tour" later this year after being given a wildcard invite to the Vuelta a Espana, according to SKY SPORTS. The South African-registered squad "had been hoping to make their debut at a three-week race at May’s Giro d&r ...

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04/03/14
Al-Wefaq Calls For Formula One Protests

Bahrain's influential Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq and a more radical group "have called separate rallies for Friday to protest the weekend staging of the Formula One Grand Prix in Manama," according to the AFP. Demonstrations have been held during the three-day Grand Prix event every year since ...

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04/03/14
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Dakar Rally organizers Amaury Sport Organisation "are in contact with Chilean authorities to gather information and provide their support after a 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile Tuesday night." The quake "seriously affected some of the locations that will form part of the most ...

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04/02/14
World Cup Public Viewing Past Midnight

The German government "is expected to decid on a special regulation of the Environmental Ministry for public viewing events during the World Cup past midnight," according to the HANDELSBLATT. The regulation "would allow the broadcast of games on big screens" after 10pm, and in special cases, after 1 ...

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04/02/14
F1 Protesters 'Enemies Of The State'

Bahrains who call for people to boycott the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix have been labeled as "traitors" and "enemies of the state" by a top MP, according to Sandeep Singh Grewal of GULF DAILY NEWS. Radical opposition groups "have planned a series of protests" against the race and are "actively using ...

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