Australia

The Seven Network and Soccer Australia have confirmed broadcast plans for the 2001/2002 soccer season.

MP Web, the new media company of Milan-based sports marketers Media Partners Group, and Italian Serie A soccer club AC Parma have signed an exclusive management agreement for the official website of AC Parma until 2009.

The LPGA World Cup of Golf, scheduled to be played in Australia later this year, has been cancelled.

London stock market-listed Sportsworld Media Group plc has issued a statement reiterating its confidence in meeting market expectations for the year ended 30 June 2001, despite a 20% fall (from a weekly high of 373.5p 312.5p) in its share price over recent days.

The five cities bidding to host the 2008 Olympic Games have begun delivering their final presentations ahead of this afternoon's decision in Moscow around 3.30pm BST.

Beijing combined evocative images of ancient and modern China in its final bid for the 2008 Olympics on Friday just hours before the International Olympics Committee (IOC) votes on the host.

Beijing will be guaranteed at least $1.2 billion from the sales of television rights and sponsorships for the Olympic Games.

Beijing's victory came seven years after it lost to Sydney by two votes in the election for the 2000 Olympics.

The following profiles show the strengths and weaknesses of the five candidates seeking to take over from Juan Antonio Samaranch when he retires after 21 years in charge of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in July.

Hurt by the biggest corruption scandal in its history and the perennial problem of drugs in sport, it would be no surprise if the Olympic movement turned to a clean-cut doctor to run its affairs.

A quick look at Jacques Rogge, new IOC president:

IMG has confirmed Royal Adelaide has been selected as the venue for this year's LPGA World Cup of golf.

Australia will reduce their National Soccer League (NSL) from 16 clubs to 12 next season, Soccer Australia (SA) announced on Monday.

Australian soccer teams the Brisbane Strikers and Canberra Cosmos have vowed to take legal action over their axing from the National Soccer League.

The British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia will make its U.S. television network debut on Fox Sports World beginning with the June 8 match against Western Australia.

Australian quarantine officials said on Wednesday they were on full alert for the arrival of thousands of British and Irish rugby union fans who could carry foot-and-mouth disease into Australia.