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Underage African footballers ‘trafficked’ to Laos

African footballers as young as 14 are being trafficked to Asia and forced to sign contracts, the BBC has learnt. Six minors are still with top Laos side Champasak United, after it imported 23 under-age players from West Africa to an unregistered football academy in February, a BBC investigation found. Fifa regulations prohibit the movement of players to a foreign ...

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Sterling scores quick debut goal as Man City win

MELBOURNE: Record signing Raheem Sterling took just over two minutes to score his debut goal as Manchester City downed AS Roma on penalties in the International Champions Cup in Melbourne on Tuesday. England goalkeeper Joe Hart made two late saves as Manchester City won 5-4 in the penalty shootout after the game finished 2-2 at the end of regulation time ...

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Hathurusinghe makes Tigers believe

Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe speaks at a press conference after a training session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Monday. — AFP photo When Chandika Hathurusinghe says something he says it with conviction. In his short tenure as Bangladesh coach he floated some unconventional ideas, fought for them hard and successfully executed them in the field. He ...

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Rampant Australia level series after England capitulate to Mitchell Johnson

England descended to an embarrassing 405-run defeat inside four days at Lord’s as Mitchell Johnson hastened their collapse and Australia levelled the Ashes at 1-1. The hosts, set a notional 509 to win after Australia declared on 254 for two shortly before lunch in this second Test, were all out for a hapless 103 in 37 overs by late afternoon. ...

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Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh makes his mark in Test match after ODIs

Bangladesh’s newest bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman turned the first day of the first Test against South Africa on its head with an incredible performance on debut. The left-arm pacer took three wickets in four balls in his 14th over to knock the stuffing out of Proteas middle-order. With Mustafizur bowling with his tail up, South Africa suffered a major collapse ...

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Tigers seal series against South Africa

Bangla Mirror Desk: Bangladesh trounced South Africa by nine wickets in the 3rd ODI at Chittagong to win the 3-match series 2-1. A fantastic batting performance from the openers paved the path for a memorable series-win for Tigers, the first over Proteas. The 154-run stand by Soumya and Tamim was the highest against South Africa, beating Soumya-Mahmudullah’s 135. When the ...

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IPL scandal: Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals suspended

A panel appointed by India’s Supreme Court has suspended two top Indian Premier League teams for two years over a corruption scandal. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have been found guilty in an illegal betting and match-fixing probe. The panel also suspended Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan of Super Kings from all cricket-related activities for life. The ...

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Djokovic wins 3rd Wimbledon title

Defending champion Novak Djokovic saw off seven-time champion Roger Federer in four sets to win his third Wimbledon and ninth Grand Slam title. The Serb, 28, won 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 6-3 to overtake the likes of Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl in the all-time list of major winners. Federer, 33, had hoped to become the first ...

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