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Bahrain ensures long-term F1 future

Bahrain is believed to have struck a deal keeping the venue on the F1 Grand Prix circuit for a further five years with the new contract running until 2013.

The deal, which replaces the current hosting contract which expires after the 2008 season, ensures the long-term future of the Bahrain circuit at Sakhir on the F1 calendar.

Bahrain was added to the sport’s calendar in April 2004 as part of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone’s plans to expand the circuit into the Far East.

Reading closes in on ground expansion

Premier League club Reading has taken a step closer to significantly enlarging the capacity of its Madejski Stadium ground.

Nigel Howe, the club's chief executive has confirmed that the planning application for the expansion will be submitted to Reading Borough Council this week.

If approval is given then preliminary work could start in the close season with the capacity of the 24,000 seat stadium set to increase to between 37,000 and 38,000.

Lord's damaged by gale force winds

Strong winds have forced an evacuation at Lord’s Cricket Ground with the ground sustaining major structural damage to certain sections.

The Tavern Stand section of the ground, which also houses the indoor cricket centre, has been substantially damaged by the high winds after parts of the roof were blown off.

It is unclear at this point, how much damage the ground has sustained or how much it will cost to repair it.

Oval rebuilding plans to include hotel

Surrey County Cricket Club has unveiled the latest phase of its redevelopment plans for The Brit Oval including the construction of a hotel at the pavilion end.

The blueprint for the work will see The Surrey Tavern demolished, and the Lock and Laker stands replaced, with 2,000 extra seats added.

Chief executive Paul Sheldon said: ‘There is intense pressure on all grounds that host international cricket to provide high-quality facilities.

‘It is vital The Oval continues to strive to produce the best spectator facilities of any cricket stadium.’

Wembley set to stage NFL game

Wembley looks odds on to host a regular season NFL game after the American football franchise awarded the staging of its first overseas game to London.

London secured the match ahead of four German cities while Wembley looks to have fought off opposition from Twickenham.

‘We're thrilled to bring the excitement of the NFL regular season to the UK,’ said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. ‘London is one of the great cities of the world with an established and growing fan base for our game.’

Cities confirmed for 2014 Olympic bids

Sochi (Russia), Salzburg (Austria) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) have been confirmed as the three cities bidding to host the 2014 Winter Olympics after all three bids met yesterday’s deadline to submit their application files.

The three cities were accepted as candidate cities by the IOC Executive Board last June, winning through from a total of seven applicant cities, which also included Jaca (Spain), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Borjomi (Georgia).

Leeds confirms Elland Road sale

Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Leeds United has confirmed reports that its Elland Road ground has been sold to new owners for the second time in two years.

The club stated that Elland Road, sold by the financially stricken club's previous board in November 2004 to Manchester businessman Jacob Adler, had been sold on again to Teak Trading Corporation, a company based in the British Virgin Islands.

Scotland reviews 2015 World Cup bid

Event Scotland, the government funded organisation aimed at attracting events to Scotland, is to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether the country could viably bid to host rugby union’s 2015 World Cup.

The survey is being conducted with a view to Scotland and one or more other home unions potentially bidding jointly to host the 2015 tournament. Japan has already expressed its desire to apply to stage the event.

Local businesses lose 2012 fight

The remaining businesses operating on the 2012 Olympic Park site in East London will be forced to move after the Olympic organising committee LOCOG won a legal battle allowing it to purchase the land.

LOCOG had already negotiated the use of 93% of the land needed for the 2012 Games  but the Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs), confirmed by Industry Secretary Alistair Darling, will ensure that the remaining businesses will be forced out.

The businesses affected by the latest move have been opposed to plans as they believe they warrant better compensation agreements.

London to host Race of Champions

The Race of Champions – motor racing’s celebratory event which pits title holders from a range of series against each other – is to be staged in London next year.

The 2007 event, taking place next December will be moved to Wembley Stadium from the Stade de France in Paris.

Paris has hosted the popular Race of Champions for the past three years, drawing crowds of more than 51,000.

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