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Diving bans: Football Association approves retrospective action Diving bans: Football Association approves retrospective action
Players who dive in English football will face bans from next season under new Football Association regulations. Under the new rules, passed by the governing body at its annual general meeting on Thursday, a panel will review footage each Monday looking for cases of simulation. Any player unanimously found guilty of diving would be given a suspension. The FA also announced it has passed r...
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FIFA hears Messi appeal against four-match Argentina ban FIFA hears Messi appeal against four-match Argentina ban
ZURICH: Argentina forward Lionel Messi’s appeal against his four-match international ban for insulting a match official was being heard by FIFA on Thursday, a source close to soccers governing body said. Messi did not travel to FIFA headquarters in Zurich for the hearing but Spanish media said he would make his defence in a video conference call. The FIFA Appeal committee was not expected to...
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Maria Sharapova: Russian beats Roberta Vinca on return from doping ban Maria Sharapova: Russian beats Roberta Vinca on return from doping ban
Maria Sharapova won on her return to action after a 15-month doping ban as she beat Roberta Vinci in the first round of the Stuttgart Open. The Russian, who was suspended last March after testing positive for meldonium, beat the Italian 7-5 6-3. There was no noticeable bad reception for the 30-year-old, who responded well to losing her first service game to take a tight opening set in Stuttg...
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Gayle, Pietersen among marquee players for South Africa’s new T20 league Gayle, Pietersen among marquee players for South Africa’s new T20 league
JOHANNESBURG: Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen are among several big names to have signed up for the new T20 Destination League in South Africa which is set to take place later this year. Apart from Gayle and Pietersen, Cricket South Africa have also signed up Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Brendon McCullum, Lasith Malinga, Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy on Thursday (April 13) as the marquee internati...
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Misbahul Haq announces retirement from international cricket Misbahul Haq announces retirement from international cricket
Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq on Thursday announced his retirement from the international cricket. Speaking at a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, the 42-year-old said that he is pulling the curtains on his international career. “I am announcing my retirement from international cricket,” said Misbah. “The upcoming series against West Indies will be my last.” He furth...
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Mohammad Irfan: Pakistan fast bowler suspended for a year by PCB Mohammad Irfan: Pakistan fast bowler suspended for a year by PCB
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been banned for a year by the Pakistan Cricket Board for twice failing to report approaches by bookmakers linked to spot-fixing. The 7ft 1in bowler was one of three players suspended following an anti-corruption investigation focused on the Pakistan Super League. Six months of the ban will be suspended if Irfan, 34, fulfils certain conditions imposed o...
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Virat Kohli: India captain says friendships with Australia players are over Virat Kohli: India captain says friendships with Australia players are over
India captain Virat Kohli says his friendships with Australia players are over after their heated Test series. India won the final match of the four-Test series to secure a 2-1 victory. Prior to the first Test in Pune, Kohli spoke warmly of the tourists' players, saying he was "really good friends with all these guys off the field". But asked after Tuesday's eight-wicket win in Dharamsala...
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Wembley tribute for terror attack victims Wembley tribute for terror attack victims
Greg Clarke, the FA chairman, has pledged to recognise the victims of yesterday’s Westminster terror attack when England face Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. “Our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by this terrible incident,” Clarke said. “We will be recognising the bravery of the security services and all those involved at the match on Sunday.” England go into tha...
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Tokyo 2020: Fukushima to host Olympic events nine years on from nuclear disaster Tokyo 2020: Fukushima to host Olympic events nine years on from nuclear disaster
It's not uncommon for Olympic venues to fall into a state of disrepair after the Games have gone and the crowds have dissipated. But Tokyo 2020 organizers are hoping for a role reversal, using the Olympic Games to help regenerate Fukushima -- an area devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. On Friday, Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori announced Fukushima will...
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Johanna Konta: British number one loses to Caroline Garcia in third round at Indian Wells Johanna Konta: British number one loses to Caroline Garcia in third round at Indian Wells
British number one Johanna Konta is out of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with a 6-3 3-6 6-7 (1-7) third-round defeat by France's Caroline Garcia. Meanwhile British number three Kyle Edmund lost to defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-6 (7-5) in round two. It ends British interest in the singles after Andy Murray and Dan Evans lost. Konta, seeded 11th, broke Garcia in the fourth ...
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