French Open organizers filed suit Friday in a bid to ban online gambling companies from offering bets on the Grand Slam tournament.
The complaint filed in courts in Liege, Belgium, and in Paris claims that Internet betting companies stain the reputation of the clay-court championship at Roland Garros.
"There is urgency to act because sporting ethic is at risk," said Jean-Francois Vilotte, director general of the French tennis federation. "It is an issue as important as the fight against doping."
The French federation is suing three companies - Betfair, Bwin and Ladbrokes - with a court injunction to stop them from taking bets on the French Open. It seeks a fine of $75,000 a day for any violations, said Vilotte's lawyer, Jean-Louis Dupont.
Grand Prix inks sponsor
The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has signed St. Petersburg document solutions firm Danka to a multiyear contract as an associate sponsor of the Indy Racing League and American Le Mans Series event April6.
Gordon makes deal:Robby Gordon aligned his team with Gillett Evernham Motorports in a partnership that will give the owner/driver the technical, manufacturing and marketing support his single-car operation has lacked. Gordon will field Dodges instead of Fords and use GEM-produced engines.
Winter sports: American Katie Uhlaender (1:39.35) won her third straight skeleton World Cup race, edging German Kerstin Juergins by 0.07 seconds in Koenigsee, Germany.
Cycling: High-profile teams Astana and High Road were denied admission to the Giro d'Italia (May 10-June 1) after a series of doping cases. ... Belgian Tom Boonen (15:27:44) won the six-day Tour of Qatar in Doha.
Soccer: Toronto FC of the MLS switched coaches, with John Carver replacing Mo Johnston, who will become manager and director of soccer.
Times staff writer Brant James, Times wires