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China Seeing Influx Of WTA Events, But Questions Remain On Domestic Player Growth

04 / 25 / 14

In the six years since being granted special status by the Chinese Communist Party, the success of tennis players Li Na and Peng Shuai has "stoked not only national pride but a massive influx of tennis investment in China's most populous cities, creating a market estimated" at $4B, according to Shau...

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Aussie Parliament To Decide On Gambling

The Australian Federal Parliament will be asked on Wednesday to move a bill by the Greens "aimed at drastically reducing the promotion of gambling during sports broadcasts," according to Greg Baum of THE AGE. The Greens "will also present a 20,000-signature petition demanding such action." The bill ...

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05/15/13
German Referees Receive More Money

Bundesliga referees "will receive distinctively more money starting with the '13-14 season," according to the SID. Germany's elite FIFA refeeres will receive a fixed salary of €60,000 ($78,000) instead of €40,000 ($52,000) starting with the new season. The "salary of Germany's top ref ...

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05/15/13
Racing Victoria Calls For Help On Cheats

Racing's rulers "have denied suggestions they are losing control following a series of damaging claims about drug use, race fixing and criminal involvement in the industry," according to Michael Lynch of THE AGE. But they accept that racing's image "is taking a hit -- unfairly, they insist -- as a s ...

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05/15/13
League Notes

The Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) "wants to increase its cooperation with professional football clubs based on the example of FC Bayern Munich Basketball." BBL CEO Jan Pommer said, "Football is the market leader. The ones that cooperate with football can only profit from it. There is no alternative fo ...

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05/14/13
ASADA Waits For Bill To Pass Senate

National Rugby League Cronulla Sharks players could face fines of up to A$5,100 ($5,082) "for failing to co-operate with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority if a bill is passed in the Senate giving greater investigative powers to the federal government agency," according to Stuart Honeysett ...

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05/14/13
AS Roma Fined For Fans' Racist Behavior

Serie A side AS Roma has been fined €50,000 ($65,000) by the Lega Calcio "after a section of supporters racially abused three Milan players during Sunday night's Serie A game at San Siro," according to the PA. The match, which finished goalless, "was suspended for two minutes shortly after half ...

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05/14/13
Gai Waterhouse, John Singleton Charged

Australian racehorse owner John Singleton "was hit with a record" A$15,000 ($14,950) fine, and horse trainer Gai Waterhouse faces two charges relating to the treatment and fitness of More Joyous as the Racing New South Wales stewards inquiry "took another bizarre turn" Monday, according to Ray Thoma ...

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05/14/13
League Notes

The German Football League (DFL) "will shortly open the tender process for an official game ball rights package starting with the '14-15 season." The official game ball rights package "will run for four years through the end of the '17-18 season and includes all league games of the 1st and 2nd Bunde ...

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05/13/13
U.S. Rugby League Discussed

Premier Rugby Ltd., which represents the English Premiership clubs, and the NFL "are to jointly back an innovative rugby union plan in the U.S.," according to Tom Dart of the London GUARDIAN. London Irish "will play an exhibition game this summer" against a U.S. team "blending international stars an ...

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05/13/13
ASADA Will Only Interview Willing Players

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority remains prepared to interview any National Rugby League Cronulla player "willing to give evidence into investigations into alleged drug use at the club in 2011, but has scrapped plans to question every member of the club's squad that season," according to ...

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