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FIFA boss wants video refs at 2018 World Cup

YOKOHAMA : FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopes to see video referees used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia — if its teething problems have been fixed in time. Colombia’s Atletico Nacional slammed the new video assistant referee (VAR) technology being trialled at the Club World Cup in Japan after the …

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Former defender Rio Ferdinand helps Christmas goals of underprivileged children

MANCHESTER: Former English footballer and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has scored a real life goal as he donates toys worth £500,000 to the needy children this Christmas. The former star player on behalf of himself and his Italian restaurant Rosso pledged to spread smiles on the faces of underprivileged …

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Butt seeks international return after twin hundreds

KARACHI: Spot-fixing convict and former Pakistan captain Salman Butt pressed his case for a return to international cricket by scoring a century in each innings to help power his team to victory Thursday. The 32-year-old was playing in his first major first-class tournament after serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing, …

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Cricket’s bizarre scorecard: South Africa’s Shania-Lee Swart 160, all others

In perhaps the weirdest event in the history of cricket, one woman smashed 160 runs while all other players in her team contributed a total of zero. With nine extras, the team scored 169 for 8 from 20 overs. Shania-Lee Swart, playing for Mpumalanga in a T20 game against Easterns …

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Amir injury scare, Smith’s ton pile pressure on Pakistan

BRISBANE: Australia captain Steve Smith shone in the Gabba floodlights with a sparkling century to put Australia in a commanding position on day one of the first test against Pakistan on Thursday. Smith´s unbeaten 110 drove Australia to 288 for three at stumps, as Pakistan´s bowlers toiled on a hot …

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