Shares in European champions Manchester United have risen following reports that a group of investors were preparing to buy a large chunk of the stake held by chief executive Martin Edwards.

Manchester United chief executive Martin Edwards has rejected an offer to buy a large chunk of his 14 percent stake in the European champions, industry sources have said.

A three-day meeting of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in Nassau, Bahamas, has reviewed the impact of the lockout that threatened the cancellation of the entire 1998-9 season.

Further details of a potential bid to take Manchester United back into private hands have been reported in the UK press.

ESPN International and the National Football League (NFL) have agreed to extend their existing worldwide distribution agreement through the 2002 season.

Investment company ENIC is on the verge of securing a #22m ($35m) deal to take over English Premier League soccer team Tottenham Hotspur.

The England World Cup 2006 bidding team believes it has struck a decisive blow after a successful week in the Bahamas lobbying the CONCACAF congress. The votes in the region could be pivotal when the final decision is made in July.

The team heading the England 2006 World Cup bid visit the Bahamas this week as part of its plan to win the support of the three CONCACAF votes.

AthletesDirect, a division of Broadband Sports, has launched the official Web site for the Los Angeles Lakers? Rick Fox.

Germany need to give their all in the closing stages of the race to hold the 2006 soccer World Cup finals, German bid chief Franz Beckenbauer said.