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Diego Costa: Chelsea striker charged with violent conduct by FA

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after his side’s 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday. Costa, 26, put his hands in the face of Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny prior to clashing with Gunners defender Gabriel, who was sent off. The FA has also charged Gabriel, 24, with improper conduct and both clubs ...

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Fifa corruption: Jack Warner extradition proceedings approved

US extradition proceedings against Jack Warner, a former vice-president of football’s world governing body Fifa, are to go ahead after being approved by Trinidad’s attorney general. The US wants to try Mr Warner, 72, a Trinidadian national, on corruption charges. He is accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes. He and 13 other current or former Fifa officials were ...

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Rugby World Cup: Japan coach Eddie Jones aims to beat Scotland

Japan coach Eddie Jones has warned Scotland that his team want to be more than “one-hit wonders” after their sensational win over South Africa at the World Cup. Karne Hesketh crossed in the final minute to win the World Cup Pool B encounter in Brighton on Saturday. The Brave Blossoms face Scotland on Wednesday in their second match. “We have ...

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Messi still otherworldly despite penalty misses: Luis Enrique

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says that Lionel Messi’s penalty issues do not make the blaugrana superstar seem any less of a visitor from another planet. Messi scored twice in Sunday evening’s 4-1 La Liga win at home to Levante — one an expertly dispatched penalty — and set up another as Barca continued their 100 percent start to the new ...

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BCB planning to decentralise cricket administration

BCB vice-president Mahbubul Anam has said that the board is keen to develop a separate cricket calendar in various divisions © Getty Images Bangladesh cricket could take its first step towards the game’s decentralisation at an administrative level by the end of 2015, vice-president Mahbubul Anam said. The long-awaited regional cricket association is set to be launched as a pilot ...

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After Jagmohan Dalmiya’s death, what next for the BCCI?

EVEN as Indian cricket mourns the loss of the most dynamic administrator to have held its reins, the passing away of the ailing Jagmohan Dalmiya has left the dynamics of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a state of ambiguity. Ideally, the solution to ‘what happens next?’ question on the vacant president’s chair would be a ...

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AFC U-16 Qualifiers: UAE crush Bangladesh 6-1

United Arab Emirates (UAE) started their AFC U-16 group-D qualifiers with a 6-1 victory over hosts Bangladesh at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday, UNB reports. Abdullah Al Naqbi put UAE ahead in the 12th minute of the match by a sliding right footer from the top of the six yard box off forward Mohmed Al Khamis pass, 1-0. UAE skipper ...

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Afridi wants Pakistan to stop pushing for India series

Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi said he wants his country’s cricket board to stop pushing for a series against India and concentrate more on persuading other teams to tour Pakistan. Afridi told reporters on Friday in Lahore, “I don’t know why we are pushing for a series against India again and again. I don’t see any reason to play (against ...

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Nasir’s double; Bangladesh A level series

Bangladesh A beat India A by 65 runs and level the series with a phenomenal display of all-round skill by Nasir Hossain. Nasir Hossain scores an unconquered 102 to give a faltering Bangladesh A hope by taking the total to 252 and gripes 5 wickets. At one stage it looked like that India A were going run away with an ...

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Butt apologises to Afridi with tears

Pakistan‘s disgraced cricketer Salman Butt has tendered a personal apology to his former captain Shahid Afridi when they crossed paths at the national cricket academy in Lahore. According to eye witness accounts Butt, who was the Test captain in England in 2010 when the spot-fixing scandal broke out, yesterday evening approached Afridi at the NCA where the Pakistan squad bound ...

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