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Sochi (Russia), Salzburg (Austria) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) were today accepted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board in Lausanne as Candidate Cities to host the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014. The cities were accepted unanimously from a total of seven Applicant Cities, which also included Jaca (Spain), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Borjomi (Georgia).

The IOC will confirm the final short-list of cities in the running to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games on Thursday.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has unveiled details of High Performance investments for lesser nations as part of its £30 million global strategic investment programme.

Anton Schutti is the new managing director for the Salzburg 2014 bid.

Sochi, the Russian Black Sea resort is to bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics just weeks after Moscow failed in its effort to attract the 2012 Summer Games.

First Sports International (FSI), a technology solutions provider, has launched in the UK and the US with plans to open an office later this summer in Sydney, Australia.

The football associations of Brunei Darussalam, Denmark and New Zealand are set to receive their first Goal projects under a programme drawn up by FIFA.

Rugby League’s European Nations Cup will be staged for the third successive year this autumn.

Arthur Blank (pictured), owner of NFL team the Atlanta Falcons is set to buy the Georgia Force Arena Football League team.

The NBA's growing international presence has again been proven after the league signed a raft of TV rights deals across the globe.

UK commercial network ITV has reported an audience of more than 70 million viewers for its coverage of the opening rounds of the Rugby World Cup from Australia.

Rugby World Cup minnows Georgia have signed a kit sponsorship deal with UK firm Kukri.

UK commercial free-to-air broadcaster ITV has claimed that its line-up of sports content over the last weekend pulled in over 26 million viewers to the network.

US sports marketing and management firm, General Sports & Entertainment, has acquired fake turf firm US Synthetic Grass.

The television ratings for US college football's annual New Year's Day schedule were up on the previous year.

IMG Football has appointed Darrell Wills as its new director of football operations, South-eastern US.

College American Football league, the Southeast Conference (SEC), cleared $100 million (EUR102.7m) in revenues last year - making it the richest college sports league.