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Top story: Leganes get officially printed by Kyocera

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Soccer: Leganés has partnered with Kyocera in a move that sees the Japanese electronics firm become the official printing services provider of Spanish club. 

The initial contract will run until March 2021, although there are options built into the deal which could extend it to a total of five years. As part of the agreement the La Liga club will get a set of multifunctional printing equipment.

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Víctor Marín, Leganés director of sponsorship, said: "We are very pleased to be able to count on Kyocera as official supplier of printing services.. It is another step in the growth of the club, which day by day is becoming professional and reaching collaboration and sponsorship agreements with the best brands in the market." 

Eduardo Piñeiro, Kyocera's sponsorship consultant in Spain, added: "We feel identified with the values ​​of effort, humility and ambition that this team demonstrates every time they go out to play in the field." 

Tennis: Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS) has been selected by the Tennis Channel to power the network's over-the-top (OTT) service. Financial terms were not announced, but the new agreement includes support from VDMS’s new live event operations service and will help Tennis Channel’s app deliver more than 700 live matches and more than 1,500 VOD assets throughout 2018, including the French Open - of which the broadcaster is the primary rights holder.

The format of the seventh annual Mutua Madrid Virtual Open esports tournament has been confirmed, as well as tournament partnerships with Orange and Samsung. The qualifiers will be played on a beta version of Bigben Interactive ‘s Tennis World Tour in select Orange stores across Spain with the 12th May final, and its €10,000 prize, being decided on the game's full release at the Madrid Open's Caja Mágica home.

Surfing: The World Surf League (WSL) has announced Corona will be the title partner for its May 2018 event, now named the Corona Bali Pro in Keramas, Bali, Indonesia.

Cricket: Durham County Cricket Club and Liontrust have agreed an initial two-year partnership deal that includes sponsorship of the Durham Jets, the Emirates Riverside’s Family Zone, support for the club's women’s academy and funding for community projects, including a new programme in Kenya.

Motorsports: Speedway Motorsports has announced a new partnership with multi-person rideshare platform Rally. The multi-year agreement gives Rally the title of official bus rideshare partner for Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

Danish manufacturing company Moldow A/S has become an FIM Speedway Grand Prix series partner after agreeing a two-year deal with rights holders BSI Speedway.

Horse racing: UK racecourse owner and operator Arena Racing Company has acquired a majority stake in Greek firm Vermantia, a provider of multi-channel content solutions for lotteries, gaming and betting operators.

Canoeing: The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has announced that Dartmouth in Canada and Augsburg in Germany will host the 2022 editions of its Sprint World Championships and Slalom World Championships, respectively.

Multi-sport: Aldar Properties has signed up as an official partner of the 2019 Abu Dhabi Special Olympics World Games.

Product of the day

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