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Cricket's IPL revolution
Plus surfing in Liberia and fighting racism through football in Romania.
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2008 11:42 GMT

The Indian premier league has attracted some of
cricket's biggest names
It is hard to believe that Twenty20 cricket has been with us for just a few years. Yet in that time its influence has been far reaching.

In September cricket's first ever Champions League will take place - a five million dollar competition involving the best Twenty20 sides from India, Pakistan, Australia and South Africa.

It was set-up following the huge public reaction to the Indian premier league. And as Sportsworld's Rahul Pathak reports, the tournament and its big salaries attracted the world's best players and even encouraged some of the game's former greats to come out of retirement.

Changes ahead

The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are underway in London - the third Grand Slam of the 2008 season.

On the women's side, this will be an interesting Wimbledon with Justin Henin now retired, and Ana Ivanovic slotted as the new "world number one".

But those are not the only changes for women's tennis. As Al Jazeera's Brendan Connor reports, there are big plans ahead for the next few years on the women's tour.

Romania's racism fight

Football's European championships are coming to a climax. One of the nations involved was Romania, which like many countries is tackling the issue of racism.

It is only recently that the authorities have begun tackling the problem through football, and it is all thanks to the efforts of one man.  

Surfing in Liberia

New surfing locations are being discovered around the world all the time, but a couple of Californians have found what they think is one of the best - in a very unlikely corner of West Africa.

They were so touched by the people of Liberia, and the struggles they have been through, they decided to make a film about them, and the perfect waves that can be found off their coast.

Wayne Hay has more.

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