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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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07/26/13
Red Bull Owner To Fund Austrian GP

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07/26/13
U.K. To Host Tour's Grand Depart In '14

The U.K. Government announced that it will provide £10M ($15.4M) of the expected £21M ($32.3M) cost of next year's Tour de France Grand Depart, according to Martyn Ziegler of the PA. Former UK Sport Chair and Rugby Football League Chair Rodney Walker "has been appointed to head the organ ...

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07/26/13
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07/25/13
Glasgow 2014 Won't Pay For Bolt

Commonwealth Games bosses "won’t pay a penny to get superstar Usain Bolt to run at Glasgow 2014," according to Gary Ralston of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Bolt has said that "he would love to race here and complete his medal collection." Games execs hope "the fastest man in the world, who hasn& ...

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07/25/13
Promoter Eyes Dubai For Title Bout

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R&A Leaders Call Off Monday Presser

Under-fire Royal & Ancient bosses went into hiding on Monday "to dodge controversial questions on men-only membership and Muirfield’s falling Open attendance," according to McDermott & McLean of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Championship organizers canceled their "traditional Monday morni ...

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