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Voluntarily declare age fraud or face two-year ban: BCCI to players

PTI New Delhi The BCCI on Monday said it will grant amnesty to registered players who voluntarily declare any age fraud but those found to be in breach of the unusual scheme could be slapped with a two-year suspension. The measures will be applicable to all cricketers participating in the board’s age-group tournaments from the 2020-21 season onwards. “Under this …

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Mission World Cup: Sports Ministry to form five zonal talent hunt committees

PTI New Delhi Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the government is riding on “mainstay” football to make India a sporting powerhouse and announced the formation of five zonal committees to hunt talent across the country. Rijiju said the talent hunt initiative, to be funded by the Sports Authority of India under the Khelo India Programme in partnership with …

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Dravid to be part of BCCI’s COVID-19 task force

PTI New Delhi The BCCI is forming a COVID-19 task force and it will include, among others, former captain and National Cricket Academy chief Rahul Dravid, the apex body said in its SOP to state associations. Players will have to sign a consent form before resuming training at their respective centres as per the standard operating procedure, which bars anyone …

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FA asks referees to issue red cards to players for deliberate coughing

IANS London The English Football Association (FA) has issued guidelines allowing referees to show red or yellow cards to players who deliberately cough at match officials or opponents in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a Sky Sports report, the FA said action should be taken when “the referee is certain someone deliberately, and from close range, coughed …

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Arun Lal, Whatmore’s coaching stints in trouble

PTI New Delhi BCCI’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for state associations bars 60-plus individuals from taking part in the training camp, potentially affecting Arun Lal and Australian Dav Whatmore, who are coaches of Bengal and Baroda respectively. Whatmore, 66, was appointed in April while Lal, 65, guided Bengal to the Ranji Trophy final in March. “Individuals who are over the …

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Aubameyang leads Arsenal to FA Cup glory

London: Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to help his side secure a 2-1 win over 10-man Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday for a record-extending 14th crown in the competition – and a spot in next season’s Europa League. Victory at an empty Wembley Stadium earned Mikel Arteta his first trophy as Arsenal manager, after he left …

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England clinch Ireland ODI series

Southampton: Opener Jonny Bairstow smashed 82 off 41 balls as England beat Ireland by four wickets in the second one-day international to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead. England overcame a middle-order wobble to finish on 216-6 in 32.3 overs in reply to Ireland’s 212-9 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. After Adil Rashid had taken 3-34 to reach 150 …

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FIFA wants Infantino to remain president during probe

Zurich: Gianni Infantino can remain FIFA president and should not be forced from power while under criminal investigation, world football’s governing body has said. A Swiss special prosecutor opened a criminal case into Infantino’s conduct on Thursday over his meetings with the country’s attorney general who has been leading a sprawling investigation into football corruption. “There is nothing preventing the …

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Juve crash on season finale; Inter finish second

Milan: Juventus crashed to their second consecutive defeat as the Serie A champions finished their season with a 3-1 home loss against Roma on Saturday, days before their Champions League campaign resumes. Inter Milan took second place with a 2-0 win over direct rivals Atalanta in Bergamo, who fell to their first league defeat since January. Juventus had already wrapped …

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Christopher Menezes nominated as GTTA secretary

Panaji: Former Goa table tennis player, Christopher Menezes has been unanimously nominated as general secretary of the Goa Table Tennis Association (GTTA) at the managing committee meeting, on Sunday. Menezes has represented the state in junior and senior national and inter-state championships in the 70s and 80s. He is also the current general secretary of Clube Vasco Da Gama. The …

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