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Man Utd secures Women's Championship place

Manchester United has been awarded a licence to join next season's Women's Championship, ending their 13-year absence from the senior women's game, while West Ham United will move straight up to the top flight, after details of the restructured Women’s Super League (WSL) were announced.

The news comes after a restructure of the women's leagues, with existing clubs required to reapply for their places, before a second, open application phase.

MLB confirms two London games

Major League Baseball (MLB) has confirmed that it will stage two regular season games in London in 2019.

The two games will be hosted at Premier League side West Ham United’s home ground, the London Stadium.

New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other twice on 29th and 30th June 2019, marking the first MLB games to be played in Europe.

The baseball league has signed a two-year commitment to London, which will include another series in 2020. MLB also stated it would be launching a range of initiatives to “establish a long-term footprint in the city.”

Palace stadium plans approved

Crystal Palace has been given the go ahead to proceed with its £100m stadium redevelopment.

Croydon Council approved the plans, which will see the stadium increase its capacity of Selhurst Park from 26,000 to 34,000. The plans see a complete overhaul of the existing Main Stand, which will be replaced with a new five-storey structure.

Spurs announces single use plastic reduction plans

Tottenham Hotspur has announced single use plastic reduction measures as it prepares to move into its new stadium.

The club has sought to source more environmentally sustainable alternatives to single use plastic and will continue to do so as part of its commitment to phasing out single use plastics from operations. Any new contracts which come up for tender will also include a requirement to cut single use plastics.

Everton appoints new ticketing partner

Premier League side Everton Football Club has announced SecuTix as its new ticketing and engagement partner.

The ticketing and audience management provider will handle all ticketing and hospitality sales for league and cup games at Everton’s 39,000-seater stadium, Goodison Park.

The partnership marks a move to simplify the purchasing process and enhance the experience for fans through the introduction of new technologies and integration with third party providers.

Birmingham to host UK's first Dota 2 Major

ESL One Birmingham, powered by Intel, has been confirmed as the first Dota 2 Major and ESL One ever to be held in the UK.

Following a competitive pitch between three ESL territories – all of which have never hosted Dota 2 Majors before - ESL One confirmed that the competition will be held at Arena Birmingham on 25-27th May 2018.

12 Dota 2 teams will now compete for their share of 1,500 qualifying points for The International 8, as well as a prize pool of $1m.

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