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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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03/12/14
WTA Lukewarm Over New Tennis League

The Women’s Tennis Association "offered only lukewarm support" for the new Int'l Premier Tennis League, with some details "still sketchy even after the player draft," according to the AFP. WTA Asia-Pacific VP Melissa Pine, who is the tournament director of this year’s WTA Championships i ...

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03/12/14
F1 CEO: Jaypee Broke Contract Obligations

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has blamed promoters Jaypee Group of not fully fulfilling its contractual obligations to see through a five-year deal "in a sensational twist to the Indian Grand Prix controversy," according to IANS. Jaypee, "in a polite yet firm retort," refused to discuss the contractual t ...

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03/11/14
Fallout From NRL Opening Weekend

National Rugby League CEO Dave Smith "was in pain at the season’s launch," according to Richard Hinds of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. This time "from being patted on the back, not stabbed there." There "was money in the bank and the delicate handling of some thorny issues added to the feeling r ...

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03/11/14
Event Notes

The rematch of the Carl Froch-George Groves boxing match, which is scheduled for May 31 at Wembley Stadium, "has sold 60,000 tickets in under an hour." The feat means the bout "surpasses the gate" set by Ricky Hatton's '07 appearance at the City of Manchester Stadium, "making it the biggest post-war ...

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03/10/14
Putin: Russian Grand Prix 'On Track'

Preparations for the first Grand Prix in Russia "are on track," President Vladimir Putin told F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone Saturday "on the sidelines of the Winter Paralympics," according to the AFP. The Oct. 10-12 race meet "will take place at the Sochi Olympic Park." Putin told Ecclestone that  t ...

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03/07/14
Spain's Indurain Grand Prix Suspended

The Miguel Indurain Grand Prix cycling race scheduled for April 5 "will not be held," according to AS. The "lack of an agreement on an economic contribution from the Navarre, Spain government has caused the race to be suspended." An "official announcement is expected to be made Friday." The race has ...

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03/07/14
ARU CEO Pulver: NRC Won't Be Delayed

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver has declared that "it is full steam ahead for the National Rugby Championship, despite growing concerns the project is being pushed through too fast," according to Georgina Robinson of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Plans "to have the ambitious new third-tier comp ...

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03/07/14
Israel To Stage Swimming Championships

Israel "will stage a large-scale swimming event for the first time next January after Netanya was selected to host the European Short Course Swimming Championships," according to Allon Sinai of the JERUSALEM POST. Approximately 600 swimmers from across Europe "will descend on Netanya for the four-da ...

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03/07/14
LFP Presents Its World Challenge Project

The Spanish Football League (LFP) on Thursday presented its "LFP World Challenge" project . The LFP World Challenge will feature the involvement of Spain's five secretaries of state responsible for taxes, sports, commerce, foreign relations and the Spanish brand. LFP President Javier Tebas said tha ...

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03/07/14
Team Australia To Assign Local Sailors

Team Australia "has pledged to assign all its crew spots for the next America's Cup to local sailors," despite the fact that new regatta laws are likely to require that only 25% of crew members come from the syndicate's country of registration, according to Rupert Guinness of the SYDNEY MORNING HERA ...

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