League Notes: Ecclestone Confirms Michelin's Interest In Making F1 Return
F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "has confirmed reports from Spa-Francorchamps this week that Michelin wants to return" to F1. Eccelstone said, "They do want to get back in, but we have had contracts with Pirelli for some time'' (GRAND PRIX, 8/25). ... The Kelantan state sports council in Malaysia "wants compulsory dope tests to be carried out at every state or national level competitions" (THE EDGE, 8/27). ... Football Federation Australia said "it has been admitted as a full member" of the Asean Football Federation after a regional meeting in East Timor (AP, 8/26). ... The trespassing protest by Oracle Team USA has cost them $5,000. The America's Cup int'l jury "awarded costs against Oracle after they withdrew the protest" -- made when the U.S.-based syndicate "felt that arch-rivals Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa team members had crawled over their AC45s, perhaps looking for evidence of cheating" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 8/26).