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Soccer: Final decision on video replays likely on March 3, says IFAB
Soccer's law-making body IFAB said on Monday a final decision on the use of the video replay system (VAR) designed to help referees make key decisions would be made next month. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said on various occasions that he wants to use VARs at soccer's flagship tournament. Players don't hug each other after scoring a goal any more, instead they look straight towards the referee, he said.
Messi, Suarez score twice as Barcelona extend league lead
Seville, January 22 Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona won 5-0 at Real Betis with five second-half goals to increase its Spanish league lead. Ivan Rakitic also scored for the Catalan club, which moved 11 points ahead of Atletico Madrid at the start of La Liga's second half. After 20 rounds, Barcelona has a 14-point lead over third-placed Valencia, and is 19 points in front of rivals Real Madrid, which has a game in hand.
Tennys lessons for fifth seed Thiem
Sport Also in this section American sensation Tennys Sandgren's dream debut at the Australian Open continued as the rank outsider upset fifth seed Dominic Thiem in a five-set thriller to reach an improbable quarterfinal. Sandgren's 6-2 4-6 7-6(4) 6-7(7) 6-3 triumph at a heaving Hisense Arena made the Tennessee native only the second debutant to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals in 20 years.
Late arrival hurt us, says Shastri
Sport Coach says another 10 days of practice would have made a difference Also in this section. Two days before the final Test gets underway, Shastri said overseas conditions were to blame for India not living up to expectations and trailing 2-0 in the series. India had landed in South Africa on December 28, a week before the series kicked off on January 5. I would say the best thing would be reaching there two weeks earlier, said Shastri.
Leafy Cafe: From grass on pitch to grass on table
Besides, the serious stoners, the 'I didn't inhale' types too will consider this as the 'find of the tour'. You had stumbled upon a place that was a dream destination for every Facebook flaunter, instagram show-off and wannabe cool. While you sit in your cubicle, here I am at this Leafy cafe on the Highway. For the very tall bouncer outside - not exaggerating he could have touched the over-head electric wires by stretching his hand - the Cafe looks inviting.
Langa, a South Africa town that raised a trailblazer
A morning spent walking the very vibrant and full-of-life lanes of Langa busts several South African sporting myths. It's the day after the Cape Town Test, we are at Langa CC with Cagew Ezra. As a teenaged wicket-keeper batsman he was chosen ahead of Graeme Smith to lead South Africa at the U-19 World Cup in 2000. He was part of the South Africa national hockey team as well, that won the continental title and qualified for Olympics.
Sachin Tendulkar peps up women cricketers
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Monday gave a pep talk to members of the Indian women's cricket team, who will travel to South Africa for a gruelling ODI and T20 series. It is learnt that Tendulkar spoke to the members of the team captained by Mithali Raj, for over an hour, at the Mumbai Cricket Association's Bandra Kurla complex here.
HCA in suspended animation
Hyderabad Cricket Association ombudsman & ethics officer Justice (Retd) L Narsimha Reddy has set January 27 and 31 as dates to hear cases pertaining to suspended secretary T Sheshnarayan and former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin. On Monday, HCA offices at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal resembled a mini court with the aggrieved parties being accompanied by a battery of advocates, numbering more than a cricket team - 13.
Suresh Raina rattles out 126 off 59 balls; serves reminder of T20 credentials
Suresh Raina posted his highest score in T20s, against Bengal at Eden Gardens on Monday. Maybe, Raina will cherish this innings more, for it helped him return to form after an elongated slump. Except a few lofted drives over extra cover and some powerful pull shots, Raina just used the angles to perfection. Brief scores: Uttar Pradesh 235/3 in 20 overs beat Bengal 160 all out in 16.1 overs by 75 runs.
A woman in a man's world
Talking about her mother, Kasturi shares, In 1968, my mom went to India by ship on a six-month journey. Being a woman in a man's world made the challenge steeper, she says, before adding, What helped was that I understood the role that I played. I fell in love with cricket when I heard a West Indian woman, Donna Symmonds, commentate, I knew it was what I wanted to do.
Ravi Shastri simplifies raging Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane selection debate
was thrown at coach Ravi Shastri soon enough in the press conference. Back to Wanderers, where the Rohit vs Rahane question was fourth, and how we were made to believe that it was a lame debate cooked up the media. If Ajinkya had played first, and not done well, you would have asked me the same question: why Rohit hasn't played. Rohit played, he didn't do well, so now you are asking me why Ajinkya didn't play.
Santoshi upsets fancied Sanjita
M Santoshi of Railways upset her team-mate and favourite K H Sanjita Chanu to clinch the gold in the women's 53kg category at the national weightlifting championship here on Monday. Santoshi, who finished second behind Sanjita in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Gold Coast, Australia, in September, emerged winner with a total lift of 185kg. Sanjita settled for the silver with a total effort of 183 (80+103) while Manipur's S Bindyarani Devi finished third with a lift of 178 kg.
Cool Federer joins stuttering Kerber in quarters
Melbourne, January 22 Ice-cool Roger Federer roared into an Australian Open quarter-final with Tomas Berdych on Monday as former champion Angelique Kerber stuttered into an enticing clash with Madison Keys. The defending champion swatted aside one-time training partner Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 to make the last eight for an incredible 14th time. The Swiss maestro, 36, has made at least the last eight every year since 2004, bar a hiccup in 2015.
Three USA Gymnastics board members resign in wake of sex abuse scandal
Three USA Gymnastics board members resigned on Monday in the wake of a sex abuse scandal involving its former team physician, the organisation said in a statement. The resignations include the board's chairman, vice chairman and treasurer who comprise the organisation's executive leadership team, the statement said. Prosecutors have asked for a sentence of 40 to 125 years for Nassar, 54, who was also a prominent physician at a Michigan State University sports clinic.
India Women cricket team to address media ahead of SA tour
The India Women's cricket team will address a pre-match conference on Tuesday ahead of their departure to South Africa next month. Mithali Raj, the captain of the team, will address the media, along with other officials and staff members. The conference is scheduled to take place at 12:30 pm at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Recreation Centre in Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex. The India Women's Cricket Team is scheduled to play South Africa women's cricket team from February 2 to 24.
Official: Manchester United announce Alexis Sanchez signing, Chilean will wear iconic Number 7 shirt
Manchester United on Monday announced that Alexis Sanchez would be joining the Red Devils with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way. Speaking about his transfer, Alexis Sanchez said: I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down. McClaren believes United have struck a major blow by landing Sanchez, who has scored 80 goals in 166 appearances at Arsenal.
It's frustrating when you don't heal properly: Djokovic after shock loss at Australian Open
Novak Djokovic says he will reassess his fitness situation after a painful defeat to South Korean youngster Chung Hyeon at the Australian Open today. Yeah, I had to deal with it till the end of the match, Djokovic told reporters after the match. It's frustrating when you have that much time and you don't heal properly. It was the first time since 2007 that he has lost in straight sets at the Australian Open.

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