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Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 26 / 14

The Greek Super League elected Asteras Tripolis President GIORGOS BOROVILOS as president on Monday "after he secured 13 votes out of the 16 teams in the league," with Panthrakikos President DIMITRIS TZELEPIS elected as his deputy ( REUTERS, 11/25 ). ... The NBA announced that JAN MENNEKEN h...

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09/26/14
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09/25/14
Qatar Women's Basketball Team Pulls Out

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IOC Exec Dir Gilbert Felli "is confident a lawsuit against the city of Rio de Janeiro and a golf course developer will not prevent a test event from taking place before the 2016 games," according to Stephen Wade of the AP.  Felli, who is an appointed adviser to the Rio organizing committee, s ...

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09/25/14
Baku 2015, Azerbaijan Airlines Partner

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Official Says Russian GP Will Go Ahead

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