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Rory McIlroy ends sponsorship deal

Updated: January 8, 2013, 6:43 AM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The Jumeirah Group is not renewing its five-year sponsorship deal with top-ranked Rory McIlroy amid expectations that the Northern Ireland golf star will sign with Nike next week.

The global luxury hotel company based in the United Arab Emirates signed the deal with McIlroy when he was 18 and was one of his first corporate sponsors.

"I would like to thank everyone at the company for their support in helping me become the player I am today," McIlroy said ...

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