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Sep 29 Vol 01, Issue 1039
TODAY'S TOP HEADLINES
Sportsman and Red Bull becomes new global partner of FIA WRC
The promoter will be responsible for investing and developing the WRC with a view to increasing its profile, reputation and commercial value
Cricket Australia appoints 3 independent directors onto new 9-member board
3 top corporate leaders nominated to take their place as independent directors on the new, streamlined nine-member Cricket Australia board next month
Lewis Hamilton to race for Mercedes AMG Petronas from 2013
Following signature of commercial agreement with FOM earler this week, Mercedes F1 confirm that Lewis Hamilton has signed a three-year agreement to race for the team
Rajasthan Royals launch talent hunt program ‘Cricket Star Rajasthan’
Rajasthan Royals and Dainik Bhaskar announce launch of Cricket Star Rajasthan, a talent hunt program that seeks to uncover cricket talent in Rajasthan
FIA renews agreement with Eurosport Events till 2017
This is the second renewal of the agreement among the parties, since the FIA appointed Eurosport Events as WTCC championship promoter back in 2005
Tissot becomes official timekeeper of 2014 Asian Games
Tissot has been named official timekeeper of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea
Puma launches new TVC 'evoSPEED'
The quirky commercial features Usain Bolt alongside a galaxy of Puma sports stars such as cricketer Yuvraj Singh, golfer Rickie Fowler, footballer Sergio Aguero and F1 racer Fernando Alonso
TOP STORY PICKS OF THE WEEK
Competition Commission greenlights News Corp buyout of ESPN from ESS JV
News Corp’s proposal to buy out Walt Disney owned ESPN's stake in the ESPN Star Sports 50:50 joint venture gets green signal from Competition Commission of Indiao
IPL 2013 likely to a 10-team affair; high possibility of Deccan Chargers and new team participation
All fingers point towards terminated franchise Deccan Chargers getting fresh lease of life for at least another year and BCCI issuing a tender to bring in one more team
'UFC does not look at SFL as competition; we will concentrate on doing our thing right'
POWER INTERFACE - Ultimate Fighting Championship chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta asserts UFC is putting serious money to ensure that brand grows and maintains its leading position worldwide
'BCCI at liberty to advertise for another franchise'
POWER INTERFACE - BCCI president N Srinivasan announces the various new committees and shares some other highlights after the board's EGM
Rhiti Sports taps top Nokia exec and former ESPN India finance head as COO
Rhiti Sports ropes in Sanjay Agrawal, business controller at Nokia India, earlier ESPN Software India director - Finance & Operations, as its new chief operating officer
TEN ready to telecast Fed Cup if IMG-R provides feed: Atul Pande
Speculation raised for first time since IMG-Reliance secured 15-year commercial rights to Indian football in December 2010 that its partnership with AIFF could be headed for splitsvilleo
29-yr-old Abhishek Matoria elected IBF president; Chautala made chairman in newly created post
Barred by Sports Ministry from making constitutional changes that could have facilitated continuation of incumbent set of office-bearers, Indian Boxing Federation works around ito
IBF polls: 2 newly-elected office bearers decline to accept their posts
The IBF election results, which were "scripted" to ensure that outgoing president Abhay Chautala retained control over the association, appears to be unravellingo
Cricket Australia asks players to skip IPL 2013; could affect Indian league’s star power
CA worried that participation in the IPL during April-May will tire the players and the team’s fortunes in the Ashes tour to England in early June could be affected
Big opportunity for TATA Motors would be to manufacture their own F1 engines
PIT STOP PUNDIT - Sahara Force India now 21 points clear of Williams and chasing down 6th place Sauber, who are 26 points ahead; battle of mid-field teams will only get more exciting
About Loosening The Choke
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY - In living up to excessive expectations, few things can help as much as having access to the counsel of someone, who has been there and done that
Doubling Up
INSIDE OUT - In an era of uncertainty, the irony is that the single-handed backhand has been the most reliable and bankable aspect of the golden era in tennis
Centre gives go-ahead to AIFF to bid for hosting U-17 Fifa World Cup
Fifa executive committee, which meets on 26-27 September, can discuss India's candidature to host the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 after Centre gives its approval to providing necessary financial and security guarantees
BCCI dependence on IPL earnings grows; nearly 70% comes from cash awash league
BCCI's surplus earnings have risen by nearly 102% to Rs3.82bn in 2011-12, up from Rs1.9bn; total income up 63% to Rs33.08bn from Rs20.26bn
IOA announces poll date; terms age, tenure guidelines 'illegal & unconstitutional'
IOA announces elections to the apex sports body will be held on 25 November and a general body meeting has been called on 18 October to announce the poll process
SFL teams with Invicta to develop women talent; Mary Kom face of Friday Night Fight Nights
SFL partners Invicta Fighting Championships to develop women's MMA talent out of India; Mary Kom is brand ambassador for Friday Night Fight Nights, which kicks off 12 Oct
HC sets 18 Oct date to hear IHF plea; rules maintain status quo till then
Delhi High Court to hear petition filed by "HC recognised" IHF challenging IOA decision to declare HI as the central body for administering hockey in India
Pune to host Asian Rugby Sevens Women C’ship on 6 Oct
15 teams, including defending champion China and runner-up Kazakhstan, confirm participation in continental championship, where top 3 finishers will qualify for the 2013 World Cup
TEN Sports extends TV rights for US Open Tennis C'ships for 4 yrs
Four-year television rights cycle covers India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh; includes rights to mobile, internet and video-on-demand
Court asks police to work with CBI on Sheila Dikshit CWG 2010 corruption charges
A Delhi court has now asked the police to work with the Central Bureau of Investigation on charges against the Delhi chief minister relating to the scam-tainted Games
EFLI adds Pak entrepreneur and 'American football mom' to its board
Laila Hamdan, a US based entrepreneur and "first lady" of American football in Pakistan, joins EFLI's board of directorss
Headliner – What a Racket! Fair Play and the Olympic Games
In the recently concluded London 2012 Olympic Games (“Games”), eight female badminton players from three Asian nations were disqualified by the International Olympic Committee (“IOC”) and the Badminton World Federation (“BWF”) for trying to lose their matches on purpose in order to gain a more favourable draw in the knockout stages of doubles competition.

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'UFC does not look at SFL as competition; we will concentrate on doing our thing right'

ULTIMATE Fighting Championship (UFC) chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta


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Doubling Up

INSIDE OUT - In an era of uncertainty, the irony is that the single-handed backhand has been the most reliable and bankable aspect of the golden era in tennis

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