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25 May 2018 4:42 AM Disgraced Smith set to play in T20 event in Canada

Los Angeles - Disgraced former Australia cricket captain Steve Smith appears poised to return to the game after being named among the marquee players for the inaugural Global T20 Canada event on Thursday. Smith, the world's number one Test batsman, was sacked and sent home in disgrace after the third Test against South Africa in March. He later accepted 14

25 May 2018 4:36 AM Highlanders wing cops 6-week ban for face kick

Wellington - Highlanders wing Tevita Nabura received a six-week suspension on Friday for his mid-air kung-fu kick to the face of Waratahs wing Cameron Clark. The kick, which came in the 18th minute of last Saturday's game earned Nabura a red card, with his departure proving pivotal as the Waratahs went on to end Australian teams' 40-match losing streak 14

20 May 2018 5:48 PM 2-week ban for Franks leaves All Black free to play France

Wellington - All Blacks prop Owen Franks received a two-week ban on Sunday for striking an opponent, leaving him free to play against France next month, but his lack of discipline left New Zealand coach Steve Hansen fuming. Franks was suspended after pleading guilty to a swinging arm hit on Blues hooker James Parsons during Saturday's Super Rugby match 23

11 May 2018 3:05 PM Magnussen summoned to the stewards for 'dangerous' move

Cape Town - Kevin Magnussen could be in a hot water, and closing in on a one race ban, after being summoned to the stewards in the wake of FP1 in Spain. The Danish driver clearly impeded Charles Leclerc in the latter stages of practice, earning the ire of the rookie driver. "Magnussen needs to understand that he is not alone on track," said the Sauber 19

04 May 2018 8:50 PM Atletico coach banned for Europa League final

Lausanne - Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone will be forced to watch the Europa League final against Marseille from the stands after receiving a four-match European ban for insulting a referee, UEFA said on Friday. Simeone was ordered from the touchline during last week's 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semi-final with Arsenal after a heated exchange 25

30 April 2018 7:12 PM Newcastle's Slimani hit with violent conduct rap

London - Newcastle striker Islam Slimani was charged with violent conduct on Monday after appearing to kick West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson during Saturday's Premier League clash. Slimani's antics were missed by officials during West Brom's 1-0 victory at St James' Park, but Football Association chiefs have taken action after reviewing video 25

27 April 2018 3:44 PM FIFA bans Brazilian federation chief over corruption

Paris - Football's world governing body FIFA said on Friday it had banned the head of the Brazilian football federation, Marco Polo Del Nero, for life following a graft probe. FIFA said in a statement that the probe revealed that Del Nero had violated multiple articles of the body's ethics code including those relating to bribery and corruption 40

20 April 2018 7:00 PM Mom: Preschool's ban of the term 'best friend' is silly

A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term "best friend". Christine Hartwell says her daughter, Julia, appeared sad recently when she came home from the Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown. The little girl told her mother she was upset because her teacher 34

04 April 2018 8:55 AM Bancroft accepts sanction, won't challenge ban

Cape Town - Australian opener Cameron Bancroft has followed his former skipper Steve Smith in deciding not to appeal his ban for ball-tampering during the recently concluded series against the Proteas in South Africa. Bancroft, who was banned for nine months following the scandal that rocked the third Test at Newlands, took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm 26

04 April 2018 6:13 AM Steve Smith confirms he won't appeal 1-year ban

Cape Town - Disgraced Australian cricketer Steve Smith has confirmed that he will not appeal Cricket Australia's sanctions suspending him from international and Australian domestic cricket for the next 12 months. The former Australian captain and team-mates Cameron Bancroft and David Warner were involved in a ball tampering controversy in the recent 26