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England & Wales Cricket Board Chair Graves Opens Door To Pietersen Return

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 02 / 15

Incoming England & Wales Cricket Board Chair COLIN GRAVES has given England cricket player KEVIN PIETERSEN "a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career," according to the AFP. With England toiling at the World Cup and Pietersen having spoken of his eagerness t...

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Judge Rules In Nike's Favor

Nike received an "early Christmas present in its legal dispute with Oakley" involving golfer Rory McIlroy, as U.S. District Court Judge James Selna ruled in favor of Nike on Dec. 18, according to Alex Miceli of GOLF WEEK. The decision "effectively ended the case." Oakley had filed a five-count compl ...

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Paddy Power Pulls Support Of Rodman

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power "has withdrawn its sponsorship" of former NBA player Dennis Rodman's visits to North Korea, saying that it was "a result of general condemnation of Pyongyang," according to Padraic Halpin of REUTERS. Rodman returned on Monday "from a four-day trip to isolated North Korea ...

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Columnist Questions Ko's Coaching Switch

Whether "or not you agree" with New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko's "decision to axe the only coach she's ever had, Aucklander Guy Wilson," for U.S.-based "Brit David Leadbetter, the timing is off, it was poorly handled, and we can only hope this is not how Ko is going to operate under the management of I ...

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NBA Kings Ink Deal With Indian Company

The NBA Sacramento Kings on Thursday announced that they "have agreed to a corporate sponsorship with Indian development company The Krrish Group," according to Ryan Lillis of the SACRAMENTO BEE. The Kings "continue to expand their links" to India following the purchase of the franchise by Kings Man ...

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Star Sports was named the "Official Broadcaster" of Aircel Chennai Open for the next three editions until '16 at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Chennai from Monday to Jan. 5 ( ORISSA DIARY, 12/28 ). ... The Qatar Tennis Federation "announced ExxonMobil Qatar's title sponsorship of the Qatar Open 2014. ...

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Puma Signs Balotelli To Boot Deal

Puma has signed up Italian striker Mario Balotelli to wear its football boots, part of the "German sportswear company's efforts to strengthen a footwear business that has lost out to rivals Nike and Adidas in recent years," according to REUTERS. Puma, which is 84%-owned by French luxury group Kering ...

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WICB Partners With NAGICO

The West Indies Cricket Board "announced a three-year sponsorship deal with NAGICO Insurances as the new title sponsor for the regional Super50 one-day cricket tournament," according to the JAMAICA GLEANER. The event "is the WICB's marquee limited-overs event and will be known as the NAGICO Super ...

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League Two side Accrington Stanley "announced a new kit supply arrangement" with equipment brand Mitre. The new deal covers the rest of the '13-14 season and will see Mitre supply official playing and training kits. Stanley’s new home kit "will debut on Boxing Day at their home match against Y ...

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Samsung Releases Latest Football Video

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ZIFA Agrees To Kit Deal With Umbro

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