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16/07/2019

New Zealand Coach Gary Stead Wants Rules Review After "Hollow" World Cup Final

New Zealand coach Gary Stead has called for the World Cup's rules to be overhauled, labelling the showpiece final "hollow" after England defeated New Zealand on a technicality. The teams could not be separated at the end of both regular play and a Super Over shootout, so England were handed victory because they had a superior boundary count. "It's a very, very hollow feeling that you can play 100 overs and score the same amount of runs and still lose the game, but that's the technicalities of sport," Stead told reporters in remarks released by New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday.He...
16/07/2019

Everton Sign England Midfielder Fabian Delph From Manchester City

Everton said on Monday that they have signed England midfielder Fabian Delph from Manchester City on a three-year deal. Everton did not say how much they had paid for the 29-year-old England international, who joined City from Aston Villa in 2015. Delph played 89 games for City, winning two Premier League medals. He also has 20 England caps. "When I look to bring a new player into our squad, the first thing I look for above all the other things is quality and Fabian is a player with high quality," Everton manager Marco Silva told the club website."But what they...
16/07/2019

Tour de France crosswind chaos as Richie Porte loses over a minute and Caleb Ewan finishes third

By Simon Smale Stage victory has eluded both Caleb Ewan and Michael Matthews once again at the Tour de France, as the Australian pair sprinted to third and fourth respectively on a dramatic stage 10.On the last stage before the first rest day of this year's Tour, cross-winds in the final 30 kilometres played havoc with the main bunch, derailing the ambitions of several of the main contenders.When the pace increased as teams worked to chase a six-man breakaway, a three-way split developed caused in part by the echelons formed to deal with the crosswinds.Echelons develop in crosswinds when teams...

16/07/2019

St Kilda parts ways with head coach Alan Richardson

Coach Alan Richardson has parted ways with St Kilda after five-and-a-half mostly unsuccessful years at the helm of the AFL club.The club will hold a media conference at 12:30pm, after Richardson has met with the playing group.The Saints are in 15th spot on the AFL ladder, having won just six matches so far this season.Richardson has coached the Saints since 2014, but has never made the finals in any of his almost six seasons at the helm.The Saints won 12 games in Richardson's third season in charge when they finished in ninth spot, backing up with 11 wins the following...
16/07/2019

Former Fairfax newspapers lose Chris Gayle defamation appeal

The Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers have lost an appeal against a , who was wrongly accused of exposing himself to a female massage therapist in 2015. The court of appeal unanimously dismissed the appeal from the former Fairfax media group as well as a cross-appeal from Gayle who wanted to increase the amount of damages. The newspapers alleged the Jamaican cricketer indecently exposed himself to a team masseur in the dressing room of a suburban oval in during the 2015 World Cup. But a jury believed Gayle, who said the masseur had fabricated the allegation. Gayle and teammate...
16/07/2019

West Ham optimistic Sébastien Haller will join from Eintracht Frankfurt

West Ham are increasingly confident of signing Sébastien Haller after holding positive talks with on Monday. Manuel Pellegrini is desperate for a new striker after allowing and losing out to Valencia in the race to sign Maxi Gómez. West Ham have moved on quickly after the latter and believe they could reach an agreement to sign Haller by the end of the week. Fabian Delph moves to Everton from Manchester City for £8.5m Read more It is thought that Frankfurt are holding out for £40m for the 25-year-old, who has scored 33 goals in 77 appearances since joining from Utrecht...

15/07/2019

Hunt for cricketing legacy continues in wake of World Cup final triumph

At the height of the celebrations the Oval resembled a playground at the end of term. There was Joe Root, marching across the pitch, a comet with a tail of schoolchildren in pursuit. A few metres away and another gaggle of kids, probably about 30 of them, had mobbed a TV camera and were screaming “champions” into the lens. Impromptu fielding practice was underway and everything from caps to miniature cricket bats were seeking autographs. Amid all that, and squired by two burly security guards, Eoin Morgan hustled off the field and into the pavilion, the weighty World Cup trophy...
15/07/2019

Golfer Hannah Green adjusts to newfound fame after Women's PGA Championship win

By Tom Wildie For Hannah Green, the overnight celebrity that has come with winning a major tournament has changed her life in ways she would never have imagined. Just ask her orthodontist."For people to come and congratulate me, that's a little different," Green said of the attention she has received since winning the Women's PGA Championship by one stroke a month ago."Even when I went to the orthodontist, they all knew the news and said congratulations."Before the tournament, the quiet West Australian was ranked 113th in the world, with no wins on the LPGA Tour. She is now a major...
15/07/2019

Cricket World Cup: Umpire Simon Taufel says England incorrectly awarded run in final win over New Zealand

The ICC has refused to be drawn into the furore surrounding the overthrows rule and whether England was incorrectly awarded an extra run in the World Cup final.In a match shrouded in drama, England scored six from the third-last ball, when a throw from Martin Guptill rebounded off a diving Ben Stokes's bat to the boundary.It helped England tie the match, before a super over was also tied and it was handed the trophy over New Zealand on a boundary countback.The umpires, Sri Lankan Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus from South Africa, awarded six as Stokes and Adil Rashid were...

15/07/2019

Algeria beats Nigeria, sets up final match with Senegal in African Cup

CAIRO: Riyad Mahrez scored from a free kick in the fifth minute of injury time as Algeria beat Nigeria 2-1 on Sunday and progressed to the African Cup of Nations final against Sadio Mane’s Senegal.Mahrez thundered his left-footed match-winner into the net in effectively the last kick of the game to stunningly settle the semifinal at Cairo International Stadium.Algeria will play for a second African title and first in nearly 30 years in Friday’s final. Senegal goes for its first African Cup title after 54 years of trying.The teams met in the group stage at this tournament when Algeria won...
15/07/2019

PSG’s Qatari owner accused of misusing government connections for payments to Pastore agent

LONDON: Paris Saint-Germain’s president has been accused of misusing his connection with Qatar’s government to bring Argentine Javier Pastore to the Parisian club in 2011, according to a report in the UK’s Guardian newspaper.The Parisian club’s chief executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi allegedly sought help from the Qatari leadership to pay €2 million ($2.25 million) to the player’s agent Marcelo Simonian during transfer proceedings.According to an email in a large tranche of documents seen by the Guardian and France’s Mediapart, Al-Khelaifi asked the Emir of Qatar to pay the sum to ensure the player’s transfer to the current French champions would go...
15/07/2019

Djokovic looks like he could catch Federer, Nadal

WIMBLEDON: Novak Djokovic never has been this close to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam trophy count. Given the way Djokovic edged Federer in a thrilling Wimbledon final for his fourth championship at the past five major tournaments, there is little reason to think the 32-year-old Serb doesn’t have a realistic shot at catching his two great rivals at the top of tennis. Federer owns the men’s record of 20 Slams, Nadal has 18, Djokovic 16. The chase is really and truly on now. “For him, it’s the goal, absolutely,” said Djokovic’s coach, Marian Vajda. Djokovic’s 7-6...