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Mar 5, 2015

Qatar says ready for summer or winter World Cup

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Qatar will be ready to deliver a World Cup no matter when it is played, the Gulf state’s 2022 organizing committee chief Hassan Al Thawadi assured on Thursday.

With FIFA set to vote March 19 on a recommendation for a World Cup staged over the cooler months of November and December to avoid the searing June-July heat, Al Thawadi removed the Gulf state from the debate.

Mar 5, 2015

Sport-Qatar says ready for summer or winter World Cup

NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters) – Qatar will be ready to deliver a World Cup no matter when it is played, the Gulf state’s 2022 organising committee chief Hassan Al Thawadi assured on Thursday.

With FIFA set to vote March 19 on a recommendation for a World Cup staged over the cooler months of November and December to avoid the searing June-July heat, Al Thawadi removed the Gulf state from the debate.

Mar 5, 2015

NASCAR calls shrinking grandstands ‘right-sizing’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – NASCAR calls it “right-sizing” but others see it as sign that something is terribly wrong with America’s most popular motor sport as thousands of seats are being removed from tracks across the United States.

The sprawling Charlotte Motor Speedway, which once drew a crowd of 167,000, is removing 41,000 seats while tracks in Dover and Atlanta will chop capacity by at least 17,000.

Mar 5, 2015

Sport-NASCAR calls shrinking grandstands ‘right-sizing’

NEW YORK, March 4 (Reuters) – NASCAR calls it “right-sizing” but others see it as sign that something is terribly wrong with America’s most popular motor sport as thousands of seats are being removed from tracks across the United States.

The sprawling Charlotte Motor Speedway, which once drew a crowd of 167,000, is removing 41,000 seats while tracks in Dover and Atlanta will chop capacity by at least 17,000.

Mar 4, 2015

Growth of soccer in U.S. no threat to NFL ratings: Fox

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Soccer may be a hot commodity in the U.S. sport market but poses no threat to the NFL, which will remain King of the Hill for the foreseeable future, Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said on Wednesday.

Fox, which broadcasts NFL games, also owns U.S. television rights to the 2018, 2022 and 2026 World Cups, the 2015 Women’s World Cup and a portfolio of domestic leagues but it is American football that dominates its ratings.

Mar 4, 2015

Sport-Growth of soccer in U.S. no threat to NFL ratings-Fox

NEW YORK, March 4 (Reuters) – Soccer may be a hot commodity in the U.S. sport market but poses no threat to the NFL, which will remain King of the Hill for the foreseeable future, Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said on Wednesday.

Fox, which broadcasts NFL games, also owns U.S. television rights to the 2018, 2022 and 2026 World Cups, the 2015 Women’s World Cup and a portfolio of domestic leagues but it is American football that dominates its ratings.

Feb 14, 2015

Shriffin in pole position for slalom gold

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – American Mikaela Shiffrin put herself in pole position to claim the final women’s gold medal of the alpine ski world championships, taking a commanding lead after the first leg of the slalom on Saturday.

Shiffrin, the world and Olympic champion, charged down the sun-kissed Golden Eagle track to the roar of an excited home crowd, crossing in a time of 50.47 seconds, a full 0.40 seconds in front of Frida Hansdotter, who is bidding to become the third Swede to claim the slalom crown.

Feb 14, 2015

Giant win puts Ligety in league of his own

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Ted Ligety does not have a headline grabbing relationship like Lindsey Vonn nor does he court controversy like showman Bode Miller.

But he does have more alpine world championship medals than any American skier after a breath-taking giant slalom win on Friday.

Feb 14, 2015

Ligety retains giant slalom title

BEAVER Creek, Colorado (Reuters) – Ted Ligety gave jittery American ski fans the gold medal they had been waiting for, out duelling Austria’s Marcel Hirscher to defend his alpine world championship giant slalom title on Friday.

Entering the final weekend of the two-week championships, the U.S. had failed to reach the top of podium.

Feb 13, 2015

No tiebreaker to determine ski queen: Fenninger

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) – Anna Fenninger and Tina Maze each have two golds and a silver from the alpine world championships and while the two have been waging there own battle there will be no tiebreaker to decide the true ski queen.

A speed specialist, Fenninger was not at all tempted to try her luck in the women’s slalom on Saturday and a chance to go head-to-head with her Slovenian rival and settle the debate on who had the best championships.