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Rival cable television broadcasters HBO and Showtime are negotiating to present a fight between former champions Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis.

IOC inspectors have begun a visit to Istanbul to evaluate the Turkish city's bid to stage the 2008 Games.

China have barred transfers of their soccer players to foreign clubs this year to ensure they are available for World Cup qualifiers, said a China Football Association spokesman.

Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon on Tuesday urged European officials not to drag their feet over new rules governing player transfers because uncertainty threatened to damage the game.

The disappointing ratings for Olympic coverage on NBC in the US have been offset by more encouraging figures around the world.

Western dot com companies are not the only businesses interested in tapping into the Chinese sports sector.

Tickets.com to is to provide online ticketing for Ericsson Open in Miami and the Worldwide Senior Tennis Circuit.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is poised to appoint a commission to investigate allegations of betting and match-fixing, and it has vowed to take tough action against anyone found guilty.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to "authoritatively" deal with India's refusal to play Pakistan in international cricket.

Sri Lankan cricket is in financial limbo after a court issued an order preventing the newly appointed interim administration from operating the cricket board's bank accounts.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Juan Antonio Samaranch has said Athens would provide the 2004 Games with a "third dimension".

A proposed one-day series in Sharjah in aid of Indian earthquake victims, featuring India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, has been called off, an Indian cricket official said.

India's cricket board will announce late on Tuesday the fate of five cricketers found guilty of match-fixing, an official in board president A.C. Mutiah's office said.

Coca-Cola Company signed a three-year deal with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday to sponsor the national team, which will make its test debut this month.

About 10,000 children below the age of 14 are working in India's sports goods industry at a fraction of the minimum wage, a report on adult and child labour in the country's football (soccer) industry has said.

Tax investigators searched the homes and offices of leading Indian cricketers for a second day on Friday in the latest twist in a match-fixing scandal that has shaken the sport and rattled fans.

Jagmohan Dalmiya, president of the International Cricket Council, has said allegations of match-fixing by four South African players would be probed once the ICC had been officially informed.

Heavyweight boxing’s postponed WBA title fight between Evander Holyfield and John Ruiz has been rescheduled for November in Beijing.

US sports marketing firm, Envision Sports and Entertainment, is expanding into Europe, appointing former ISL chiefs Chris Renner and Mark Devenport in the process.

Afghanistan is hoping to take part in a cricket tournament in Pakistan next month despite the fragile political situation in the region in the wake of the recent US terrorist attacks.

Chinese steel maker Shougang Corp will move its dirtiest plants out of heavily polluted Beijing, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, by the end of this year.

FIFA’s marketing and competitions director, Michael Black, has quit his job – less than 12 months before the World Cup kicks off in Japan and South Korea.

The International Association of Athletics Federations has appointed Japanese advertising giant Dentsu to handle worldwide television and sponsorship sales for its World Athletics Series.

Kuwait has postponed next month's second West Asian Games because of tensions in the area following the attacks on the United States.