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Volume 6 No. 197


The Rugby Football Union "will complain to the NFL after the Twickenham turf was scarred by pitch markings used for two recent American football matches," according to Alex Lowe of the LONDON TIMES. The NFL reportedly used a different type of paint for this year's fixtures that RFU Head Groundsman Keith Kent was "unable to remove before England's game against Argentina on Saturday." The FA had the same problem for the England vs. Germany fixture last week after Wembley hosted two American football matches. The paint "stained the soil at Twickenham, rather than just the grass." There were no complaints from England or Argentina because it "did not affect the quality of the surface, nor were the markings visible from ground level." But the pitch looked "scruffy" on TV, which "concerned the RFU" (LONDON TIMES, 11/14).

Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian will ask the Scottish Professional Football League to postpone Sunday's match with Partick Thistle "if Tynecastle's new main stand is not ready," according to Barry Anderson of the EDINBURGH NEWS. Club officials "are hopeful" that work will be completed in time and that a safety certificate will be granted by the City of Edinburgh Council "to allow the match to go ahead as planned." Safety officers inspected the building "but could not issue the paperwork and will return for another look later this week." If that visit "does not result in the required rubber stamp," Hearts will request a postponement of the Partick fixture. The club has "already contacted" the SPFL and its Firhill counterparts to brief them on the situation. The decision "will be a late one and builders on the project are working frantically" to finish a number of areas of the new stand, which was originally due to open in September. That was "put back" to Nov. 5 but, "with work still not completed, a further delay was announced and a new opening date set for this Sunday" (EDINBURGH NEWS, 11/14).

Motorcycle team Coventry Bees has "a new home after sealing a deal to share a speedway stadium" with Leicester Lions -- a move which has "effectively ruled out any return to Brandon Stadium." The move will "pave the way for a return to competition for the beleaguered Bees, who were excluded from speedway’s top league" by the sport’s ruling body earlier this year following a "long-running row which eventually left them homeless" (COVENTRY TELEGRAPH, 11/14).

FIBA named Connor Sports the official supplier of wooden flooring for FIBA's top int'l competitions until '20. Connor Sports will supply the latest generation of its QuickLock portable arena surface at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China (FIBA).