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12 November 2018 7:31 AM Deadline looming: CA, players association set for rare meeting

Smith and Warner have been suspended for a year for their involvement in the ball-scuffing fiasco of March but one suggestion has been to allow them to at least return to Sheffield Shield cricket from January 1. Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban, and can return on December 29. The trio, who have lost millions of dollars in earnings as a result of the scandal 33

10 November 2018 5:52 AM Kenedna comes out of retirement to land Weir a treble

Darren Weir was poking around his farm in Maldon when he spotted a horse with a good action who looked fit and well. Upon further investigation he discovered the horse was Kenedna, a talented mare that had been sent to the farm to spell before heading to the breeding barn. "She was a great three-year-old who was unlucky not to win a group one," Weir said. His mind slipped 39

1 July 2018 4:04 PM Froome intent on Tour de France defence despite 'ban' by organisers

Paris: Chris Froome is intent on defending his Tour de France title even if the owners of cycling's biggest race want to prevent the four-times winner from appearing in this year's event due to an ongoing doping investigation. The Team Sky rider, who last week said he had every right to defend his title from July 7, tested positive for excessive levels 30

24 June 2018 8:18 AM Drug gang caught offside by Argentina police in smuggling operation

Slavisa Kokeza might well find himself with a job coaching an NRL team after the kind of spray that would make Des Hasler proud. The head of the Serbian Football Association believes his side was on the wrong end of a 'brutal robbery' by officials after the loss to Switzerland. Not only that, it was FIFA behind it all, with Kokeza suggesting that the governing 32

18 June 2018 7:21 AM Sri Lanka captain to escape Cape Town ball-tampering fallout

Under the current rules, Chandimal, if found guilty, would be hit with only a level-two ban. This would involve a financial penalty, with a maximum sanction of one Test or two one-day internationals. Under the expected changes, ball tampering will become a level-three charge, meaning the top penalty could be four Tests or eight one-day internationals 32

25 May 2018 11:31 AM Nastase surprise: Tennis great arrested twice in one day

Bucharest: Romanian police in Bucharest have arrested tennis legend Ilie Nastase twice in the same day, first on suspicion of driving while drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and then for riding a scooter without a licence. Police initially stopped the 71-year-old Nastase early Friday while he was driving his car and said he was visibly 43

1 April 2018 2:29 AM Mark Taylor defends James Sutherland over handling of cricket crisis

Those steps involved dispatching Cricket Australia’s high performance regulator Pat Howard, and Iain Roy, the organisation’s senior legal counsel and integrity head, on “the first plane out” to conduct an investigation. “Once they're gone James sorts out the rest of us, board members, his staff back in Australia, then he's on the plane as well. “At the end of all that, in the space 45

31 March 2018 10:59 AM Plot thickens with Smith unaware of key elements of tampering plan

Smith, who was stripped of the captaincy and suspended from playing domestic and international cricket for 12 months, has accepted full responsibility for his role in the episode, describing it as a "failure of leadership". He cannot be considered for a leadership position for two years. The saga has damaged Smith's high standing in the game and cost him considerably 41

29 March 2018 12:27 PM 'A stain on the game': Warner apologises for ball-tampering scandal

"I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends, and trusted advisers. You will hear from me in a few days." ​Warner and former captain Steve Smith have been banned from international and domestic cricket for a year by Cricket Australia for their role in the ball-tampering scandal that occurred in the third Test against South Africa 44

28 March 2018 12:56 PM 'What the f--- is going on?' The words that cleared Darren Lehmann

Johannesburg: Cricket Australia has moved to distance Darren Lehmann from the ball-tampering crisis, saying he had radioed down to substitute Peter Hanscomb to tell him to ask "what the f--- is going on" rather than to tell Cameron Bancroft that he had been sprung with a piece of sandpaper. There has been intense pressure on the head coach in the wake of the firestorm 49