Asia

News Corp's latest financial results for the second quarter 2001 have shown that Asian joint venture ESPN Star Sports (ESS) is still $21million (?23.4m) in debt.

Malaysian officials were happy with the turnout at last weekend?s Formula One Grand Prix despite a drop in the number of spectators compared to last year.

Thailand has said it would pursue its dream of hosting the Olympics despite rejection of its bid for the 2008 Summer Games.

The NBA, constrained by the ?mature? domestic market are seeking new markets in Asia, according to a report in the Asian Wall Street Journal.

Satellite providers NTL and Williams Vyvx Services have announced an alliance to deliver comprehensive occasional video services to the global broadcasting community.

A mad rush of applicants jammed the internet site selling tickets for football's 2002 World Cup finals, ahead of the deadline yesterday.

Ten cities have submitted bids to be the permanent headquarters of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

The cash-strapped organisers of this year's Asian Games have said they would ask for 500 million baht ($13.16 million) from Thailand's lottery to overcome liquidity problems caused by poor ticket sales.

Despite the region's economic crisis, ticket sales for the Asian Games in Thailand are higher than expected, an official has said.

A ceremony celebrating the award of an honorary degree to Tiger Woods was disrupted by demonstrations against sportswear giant Nike?s record on worker?s rights. The golfer who is in Thailand to play the Johnnie Walker Classic tournament in Bangkok walked past the peaceful protest but did not stop to talk to the demonstrators.

The draw for the 2002 World Cup, the biggest in the tournament's 69-year history, will involve 195 nations and be seen live on Tuesday by a television audience of about one billion people.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has recommended adding Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa to the four-nation Pacific Rim championship.

English soccer club Manchester United is on the brink of taking legal action against a Hong Kong restaurant that is using the club?s name without a licence.

Australian test batsman Mark Waugh will be dropped unless he agrees to take part in a worldwide investigation into corruption in cricket.

World Wrestling Federation Entertainment (WWFE) has appointed internet industry veteran Howard Meltzer to chief operating officer, New Media, which includes responsibility for the core web site wwf.com.

Washington and Baltimore are to announce an unprecedented joint bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, according to the Washington Post.

China's top sports official has decried corruption in the sporting world, saying bribery threatens the country's athletic development and could have a negative impact on social order, state media said on Tuesday.

Hundreds of Cuban exiles will protest when the Baltimore Orioles host a Cuban national team May 3 in a historic baseball series between teams from longtime political foes the United States and Cuba.

The Japanese unit of global communications company Pacific Century CyberWorks (PCCW) is to form a joint venture with Japan's largest entertainment television content firm Yoshimoto Kogyo Co Ltd. to develop sports and entertainment content.

The emperor of Japan, premier of China and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il will be in the stands when next year's World Cup finals kick off, if South Korea's soccer boss has his wish.

A U.S. congressional committee has approved a resolution urging Olympics organisers to reject China's bid to host the Games in 2008, citing concerns about Beijing's human rights record.

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Soccer's world governing body FIFA said on Sunday it was open to the idea of sponsors names on national team shirts but insisted they would not be allowed at the 2002 World Cup. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the association's executive had discussed the idea at an end-of-year meeting in Rome but wanted to examine it further before making a decision.

Toronto's bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games picked up momentum this week with a timely convergence of enthusiastic public support and a C$1.5-billion ($1 billion) pledge by government to redevelop Toronto's waterfront - the centrepiece of Toronto's Olympic vision.