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Football

Soccer-Chief of Swiss hospitality company detained in World Cup probe

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Police in Rio de Janeiro on Monday arrested the chief executive of a Swiss hospitality and ticketing company in connection with an ongoing investigation over VIP ticket scalping at the World Cup.

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UK regulator rules sporting hospitality out of bounds

LONDON (Reuters) - Financial advisers accepting free invitations to sports events or dinners risk breaching hospitality rules, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Monday.

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Hospitality sales hit target in first for Games

LONDON (Reuters) - Sales of hospitality packages for companies to wine and dine clients at the Olympics have defied the recession and brought in more than 100 million pounds in sales, the firm providing them said on Friday.

Football

Executive freed as World Cup hospitality probes continue

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Ray Whelan, the chief executive of a hospitality firm arrested in connection with an investigation into VIP ticket scalping at the World Cup, was released on Tuesday after spending the night in custody.

Golf

High fives all round as Jones hits from hospitality area

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Australian Matt Jones got up close and personal with high-fiving golf fans next to a bar in a hospitality area after hitting a wayward drive during the third round of the PGA Championship on Saturday.

Motorsport

Lotus locked out of hospitality, freight delayed

SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) - The troubled Lotus Formula One team were locked out of their paddock hospitality at the Japanese Grand Prix on Thursday while freight, including engines, was also held up by payment problems.

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Sports Hospitality firm THG denies ticket fraud accusation

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Sports hospitality firm THG Sports on Tuesday denied accusations of fraudulent marketing of Rio Olympics tickets after one of its directors and an interpreter working for the Games were detained.

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Hundreds evacuated after New Zealand hospitality fire

LONDON (Reuters) - Hundreds of guests were evacuated, without injury, after a barbecue caught fire at New Zealand's London Olympic hospitality house on Wednesday.

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Smile! Russians learn hospitality before Sochi Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - It may not come naturally to all Russians and, in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, Sochi hotel managers are getting crash courses in how to smile.

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Companies shun Bahrain Grand Prix hospitality

LONDON (Reuters) - Western companies are opting not to entertain clients and partners at the Bahrain Grand Prix following calls for sponsors to boycott the event because of political turmoil.