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NFL reveals home teams for 2019 international games

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Published on December 17, 2018 with No Comments

The NFL has announced the five teams that have been designated as the home representatives in the league’s international games next season. The NFL will play four games in London — with two at Wembley Stadium and two at the new stadium being built for Premier League team Tottenham — and one in Mexico City in 2019. While dates, times and teams designated as the road clubs won’t be revealed until the spring, the league announced that the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers as hosts.The league is returning to Mexico City after this season’s scheduled Kansas City Chiefs-Ramsgame in Week 11 was relocated to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after the playing field at Estadio Azteca did not meet NFL standards.The Jaguars have competed in London in every season since 2013. Three games were played in London during a three-week stretch this season, with all three being held in front of a sold-out audience at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is scheduled to open in 2019.

‘ICC persuading govts to make fixing criminal offence’

The International Cricket Council is constantly persuading governments, including India’s, to make fixing a criminal offence, said its CEO Dave Richardson  in the wake of “serious” corruption allegations that hit the sport in Sri Lanka. Three Sri Lankan cricketers including Sanath Jayasuriya and Nuwan Zoysa have been charged recently under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.  “Most of our efforts now are on disrupting the criminals and this means persuading governments to introduce legislation that can make attempts to fix cricket matches a criminal offence, so that those types of people are put behind bars,” said Richardson.

Afghan football chief banned pending sex abuse probe     

FIFA has suspended Afghanistan Football Federation president Keramuddin Karim for 90 days pending an investigation into the allegations of sexual and physical abuse against the national women’s team. FIFA’s independent ethics committee said in a statement that the provisional ban “may be extended pending proceedings on the merits of the case”. Karim is barred from all football-related activities at both the national and international level, the statement said.

“Dhoni must play domestic cricket,” Amarnath

Former India all-rounder and selector Mohinder Amarnath feels MS Dhoni and other senior players must play domestic cricket to be eligible for selection in the national team. Having been dropped from the T20 side recently and retired from Tests long ago, Dhoni now is a certainty in only ODI cricket.  Despite having time, the former captain did not play the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy this year and will go into the three-match series in Australia next month without any match practice.  “Every individual is different but one thing I have always believed in is that if you want to play for India, you have to play for your state as well. I think they (BCCI) should change this policy altogether. A lot of senior players don’t play domestic cricket,” said Amarnath. “Even if you are playing one format, you should be playing all formats in domestic cricket,” he said.

 

Powar re-applies for the post of women team’s coach

Backing India T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s demand to continue with Ramesh Powar as coach, member of the Committee of Administrators (CoA)  Diana Edulji has accused (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai of having different parameters for the men’s and women’s teams.  “I see nothing wrong in women cricketers writing e-mails regarding the coach. They were truthful in expressing their views unlike Virat who frequently sent sms to the CEO (Johri), on which you acted and the coach was changed,” wrote Edulji. Ramesh Powar, whose controversial tenure as the national women’s cricket team coach ended on November 30, has reapplied for the job after receiving strong  support from T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana.  “Yes, I have applied this evening because Smriti, Harmanpreet have supported me and I can’t let them down by not applying,” said Powar.

 

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