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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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08/12/13
ARU To Pay More Than $460K To Players

The Australian Rugby Union is prepared to pay in excess of A$500,000 ($461,000) "to keep departing Wallabies on ice in club rugby, as a disincentive to other players leaving Australia and on the off-chance they might be needed again at Test level," according to Iain Payten of the Sydney DAILY TELEGR ...

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08/12/13
AFC President Condemns Pakistan Blast

Asian Football Confederation President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa on Friday "condemned the attack targeted a local football match in Pakistan this week," according to XINHUA. At least 11 were killed and 24 others injured "when a blast hit a football ground in Pakistan's southern ...

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08/12/13
League Notes

Three-time F1 champion Jackie Stewart believes that "India will suffer from not having a grand prix in 2014." Stewart: "It is certainly not a good message the Indian Grand Prix is sending out to the motorsports world, and is not positive for India's image when questions are raised about it" ( ...

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08/09/13
IAAF Reintroduces Four-Year Doping Ban

On the brink of its world championships in Moscow, the Int'l Association of Athletics Federations announced Thursday that it "will reintroduce four-year bans for serious doping violations and pushed the World Anti-Doping Agency to do likewise," according to David Wharton of the L.A. TIMES ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Russia

08/09/13
AFL Clubs Forecasting Financial Losses

Up to 10 Australian Football League clubs -- the most on record in the same season -- "have forecast a financial loss this year," according to Greg Denham of THE AUSTRALIAN. While the overall profitability of the 18 clubs has been estimated at amounting to a combined A$5M ($4.6M), "the figure will b ...

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08/09/13
Hot Spot To Remain For Ashes Series

Replay technology Hot Spot will "continue to be used for the remainder of the Ashes series despite an admission" Thursday from the Int'l Cricket Council that the technology had "not performed as effectively" as in past series, according to the London TELEGRAPH. The Decision Review System, "and most ...

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08/09/13
Lotus Team Principal: F1 Costs Must Fall

Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier said that "the costs of competing in Formula 1 must be brought down in order to safeguard the future of the current grid," according to Noble & Tremayne of AUTOSPORT. Boullier believes that 80% of teams are in favor of negotiating ways ...

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08/09/13
WPBSA Launches Betting Investigation

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association "is to launch a betting investigation into two Shanghai Masters qualifying matches" that were played in Doncaster, England Tuesday, according to Hector Nunns of the LONDON TIMES. Bookmakers "suspended betting for ...

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08/09/13
Former KBL Coach Jailed For Match-Fixing

A district court on Thursday sentenced former Korean Basketball League coach Kang Dong-hee to 10 months behind bars "for fixing games," according to YONHAP.  Kang "was found guilty of taking cash" worth 47M won ($42,000) from gambling brokers to fix four games during the '10-11 season ...

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08/09/13
ARU Considering 2 Super Conference Format

The Australian Rugby Union is "open to an overhaul of Super Rugby that would see more trans-Tasman derbies and up to two Argentinian teams included in the competition," according to Georgina Robinson of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Super Rugby's governing body, SANZAR, is "under pressure to include a ...

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