Europe

Lazio, one of Italy?s leading soccer clubs, has been banned from playing at its Olympic Stadium for one month and has been fined $28,000 after their fans displayed and shouted racist abuse during Sunday?s derby match against Roma.

UK broadband entertainment specialists Sportev said that 36 percent of those who visited its interactive video service paid to watch England beat Australia in the fourth Ashes Test at Headingley on Monday on its pay-per-view (PPV) highlights service.
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Sky Sports? digital viewers will be able to listen to everything the referee says when it launches Ref-Link for England?s Six Nations rugby clash with Italy at Twickenham, London on Saturday.

The English Football League has rejected Wimbledon soccer club?s controversial plan to relocate to Milton Keynes - more than 70 miles away from the club?s current base in south London.

FIFA says its has no plans to sanction Italian club Perugia for going to court to obtain a ruling which enabled Argentine Pablo Guinazu to play in a Serie A match at the weekend.

Britain's leading cable companies NTL and Telewest Communications Plc have held debt restructuring talks with international banking group JP Morgan Chase, according to the UK's Sunday Business newspaper.

Minardi chairman Gabriele Rumi says he has sold his 70 percent stake in the Italian Formula One team to the Pan American Sports Network International (PSN) cable and satellite company.

Sport England is to inject #3.6 million ($5.1m/?5.82m) to the England and Wales Cricket Board over the next five years in a move to encourage young cricketers.

Milan's Arena, the oldest surviving Italian stadium to have staged first-class soccer, is to be home to a football club for the first time since World War Two.

English Premiership soccer club Wimbledon are facing mounting opposition to their plans to relocate north to Milton Keynes.

Mike Tyson's May 20 fight against fellow American Lou Savarese in Milan has been delayed.

Rugby league chiefs are set to follow cricket's lead by bringing in central contracts for top players.

The Hanleigh Group, the US-based brokers in sports and entertainment insurance, has been chosen by Lloyds as one of two independent brokers in the US to be accredited for direct access to the London-based insurance market.

England?s Rugby League Supporters Association (RLSA) is asking the country?s 12 Super League clubs to make loyalty pledges to the league to prevent the teams changing codes.

Hockey?s governing body, the Federation Internationale de Hockey, has launched its new website.

The UK government today reiterated its commitment to the #83-#87m ($117.3m-$124.4m) construction of a 43,000 capacity athletics stadium at Picketts Lock in north London despite rumours that the project may be scuppered because of plans to build a warm-up track near Wembley stadium.

UEFA is to examine the format of the Champions League and decide, probably by the end of the year, if it is to remain a 32-team competition.