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Maine to host Biathlon World Cup event in 2016
Bangor Daily News
Officials with the Nordic Heritage Center and the Maine Winter Sports Center were celebrating the news that the U.S. Biathlon Association had asked them to host a World Cup event in 2016. Jane Towle, event director for the 2014 IBU World Junior Biathlon Championships, said, "This is huge news for us. If people knew how competitive this process is, especially since there are larger venues in Europe, they would realize how deeply rewarding this is for us."
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Pastime Tournaments brings elite baseball events to Pennsylvania
Erie Sports Commission
Pennsylvania's Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that Pastime Tournaments will hold four select travel baseball tournaments at Mercyhurst University and surrounding venues this summer. Pastime Tournaments is recognized as one of the nation's largest self-sanctioned tournament hosts and holds elite baseball events across the country for players between the ages of 14-18. In 2013, Pastime Tournaments hosted events in more than 15 states that attracted over 2,500 teams from 20-plus states and Canada.
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South Carolina awarded the 2014 International Quidditch Championship
Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau
South Carolina's Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department, will co-host the International Quidditch Southern US Regional Championship next year. The championship will take place at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex on Feb. 15–16, 2014.
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Host site finalists named for final round of 81 championships for 2014-18
NCAA
The NCAA has announced the host site finalists for the final round of 81 of its 89 championships for the 2014-18 championship seasons. The finalists were selected by the respective sport committees, which are made up of coaches and administrators from NCAA member schools and conferences, from an original pool of 1,948 bids. The committees will select the winning sites, which must then be approved by the appropriate divisional championships cabinets/committees before being announced via webcast at NCAA.com on Dec. 11.
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California to host 2014 national track and field championships
The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento, Calif., has been chosen as host city for the 2014 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, a five-day event to be held at California State University, Sacramento. The annual event, which typically takes place in late June, attracts the country's best male and female track athletes. The choice of Sacramento as host city continues a long tradition of major track events in the capital city area, including five previous national track champion meets, in 1968, 1981, 1995, 2000 and 2004, when the event served as the U.S. Olympic track trials.
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Tourism expert touts sports, ecotourism promotion
Space Coast Daily
The Space Coast Office of Tourism held their monthly meeting at the Brevard County, Fla., government center and Randall Marketing Group made an informative presentation, as did the Brevard Historical Society. TDC members also unanimously supported the continuing effort to protect the Indian River Lagoon.
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Marlins Ballpark to host new bowl game
Tulsa World
The Miami Marlins' home run sculpture will become a touchdown sculpture for the Miami Beach Bowl. Marlins Ballpark will host a team from the American Athletic Conference in the annual new bowl game beginning in December 2014. The opponent will usually come from the Mid-American Conference, the Sun Belt Conference or Conference USA. The deal with Marlins officials runs six years, through the 2019 season.
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Maine to host Biathlon World Cup event in 2016
Bangor Daily News
Officials with the Nordic Heritage Center and the Maine Winter Sports Center were celebrating the news that the U.S. Biathlon Association had asked them to host a World Cup event in 2016.

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Youth sports spurs tourism in Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Youth sports tournaments have become the fastest-growing sector of Bucks County, Pa.'s tourism industry, the county's tourism promotion agency said at its annual meeting.

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Columbus, Ohio, to host the Association of Chief Executives of Sport annual meeting in 2014
Greater Columbus Sports Commission
One of sport's most powerful associations will visit Columbus in June 2014.

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New stadium in the running for college football title game
The Star Tribune
First came the talk of hosting a Super Bowl. Now comes word that Minneapolis is in the running to host a major college football playoff game in the not-too-distant future. Kristen Montag, a spokesperson for Meet Minneapolis, the city's visitor and convention bureau, said an official representing the college Bowl Championship Series is planning a "site visit" to the city. They plan to meet with boosters and scope out the new Vikings stadium project.
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