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Volume 10 No. 25

Events and Attractions

The German FA (DFB) confirmed the 10 venues Germany plans on using for Euro 2024, according to Samindra Kunti of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The main venues will be Hertha Berlin's Olympiastadion, Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena and Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion. Germany is considered the favorite to host Euro 2024, with Turkey the only other bidder in the race. UEFA previously announced that all bids "must strictly comply with human rights rules, which may work against Turkey's bid." In addition to its three "flagship stadiums," the DFB selected Fortuna Dusseldorf's Esprit Arena, Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, Cologne's RheinEnergieStadion, Hamburg's Volksparkstadion, RB Leipzig's Red Bull Arena, Schalke's Veltins-Arena and the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt. UEFA will choose between Germany and Turkey in Sept. '18 (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 9/18).

The Association of Tennis Professionals announced on Monday "it will trial live electronic line calling later this year," according to Charlie Eccleshare of the London TELEGRAPH. The launch of "Hawk-Eye Live" at November's Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan -- where the "eight best youngsters" of '17 will compete -- "will mean no line judges and leave the chair umpire as the sole official" on the court. "Hawk-Eye Live" will be used on all lines throughout every point. When triggered, it will generate an automated "Out" call. The new technology will mean there is "no need" for the electronic review "Challenge" system, but "close calls" will be accompanied with visualizations of the "Out" call on big screens around the court. Foot faults will be determined by an official who will be "monitoring via cameras" placed on the base and center lines. These innovations are "among a raft of potential reforms" that the ATP is trialing at the Next Gen Finals. The event will also "experiment with a shot clock, sudden death deuce points, no service lets and sets of first to four games" (TELEGRAPH, 9/18).

Tickets for both Australian Football League preliminary finals have sold out, "as frantic fans swooped on Monday in the hope of securing a coveted seat," according to Cherny & Cowie of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. More than 1,000 tickets every minute "were snapped up via the Ticketek website" for Richmond's first preliminary final in 16 years, "with some desperate fans forced to pay a premium through resellers after missing out." Such "was the demand," the AFL Fans Association said that tickets for Richmond's preliminary final against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday "were already being legally resold" for more than A$400 ($318). Standing room tickets were being resold on Viagogo for more than A$200 ($159). The issue of tickets being resold at prices well above face value "reared its head before the Tigers' qualifying final against Geelong, as well as their late-season game against the Cats" played at Simonds Stadium. Issues "were also reported about the slowness of the Ticketek website," where tickets went on sale to club members at 9am on Monday (SMH, 9/18).

Bundesliga side Cologne wants to "force a rematch after an irregular goal was wrongfully awarded" in its 5-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos put the ball into the net in injury time of the first half following a corner. The referee had blown the whistle after spotting a foul on Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn, but the call was overruled by the Video Assistant Referee. The goal, however, was "wrongfully reviewed" as the referee had blown his whistle "a fraction of a second before the ball had crossed the line" (ESPN.com, 9/17).

A cricket match in Durham will go ahead as planned "just days after a section of stand collapsed, injuring three people." Fans were watching the T20 cricket match between England and the West Indies "when the collapse happened and spectators had to be evacuated from the terrace as a precaution." Durham’s County Championship fixture against Sussex will go ahead on Tuesday but the North East Terrace "will remain closed during the week’s match" (CHRONICLE LIVE, 9/18).

The Giro d'Italia will begin in Jerusalem next May, before continuing with stages between Haifa and Tel Aviv and Beersheba and Eilat. It will be the first time one of cycling’s three grand tours will "break ground beyond Europe and will arguably be the most prestigious sporting event ever held in Israel." The race will begin on May 4, when 176 of the world's top cyclists will "get the competition under way against the backdrop of Jerusalem's Old City" (JPOST, 9/18).

Argentina could be "eyeing a return" to Formula 1. Canal F1 Latin America reported F1 Race Dir Charlie Whiting recently inspected the old Buenos Aires circuit, which last hosted a grand prix in '98. Whiting said, "I went there and wrote a report on what would have to be done" (GRAND PRIX, 9/18).