IFAB tell Premier League to get in line on VAR usage

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Football’s lawmaking body has urged the Premier League and other competitions to all follow the same rules on the involvement of video review (VAR) technology. The move comes after concern that the Premier League and Bundesliga in particular were applying different interpretations over the use of VAR than the ones handed out…

Ribery joins Fiorentina after leaving Bayern

Franck Ribery has joined Fiorentina on a free transfer after the French winger ended his 12-year spell with Bayern Munich. It has been a busy summer for La Viola after they were bought by United States businessman and New York Cosmos owner Rocco B. Commisso, having only survived relegation on the final day of the previous campaign. “I am…

Ronaldo: I’d be worth €300m in today’s market

Cristiano Ronaldo has said transfer fees in football have got out of hand and that a player of his calibre in the market would now sell for €300 million. His transfer to Real Madrid from Manchester United in the summer of 2009 was a then world record £80m, but eight years later, Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain…

Holder, Dottin win top CWI awards

Jason Holder and Deandra Dottin were named the best players in the men’s and women’s category respectively at the seventh West Indies Players’ Association/Cricket West Indies annual awards night held in Antigua, on Monday. Apart from being recognised as the Player of the Year, Jason Holder was also named the Test Player of the Year.…

Balotelli signs with hometown club Brescia

Mario Balotelli has joined his hometown club Brescia on a free transfer, the Serie A side confirmed on Sunday. Balotelli, who was released by Marseille at the end of last season, returns to Italy for his third stint after playing for Inter, where he won three league titles, and AC Milan. The 29-year-old Italy international will…

Smith inches closer to Kohli in Test rankings

Steve Smith followed his two centuries in Edgbaston with a 92 at Lord’s and has now overtaken Kane Williamson in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. Smith is now trailing the top-ranked Virat Kohli by only nine points. On the other hand, Joe Root has dropped three places to the ninth position following a string of…

Bayern Munich sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona

Bayern Munich have signed attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona on a season-long loan deal which includes an option to buy. Barcelona say the German side will pay 8.5m euros (£7.78m) to take the Brazilian, 27, on loan while the option to buy stands at 120m euros (£109.84m). Bayern will also pay Coutinho’s wages for…

St Lucia Zouks to replace St Lucia Stars in CPL 2019

St Lucia Zouks will make a return to the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), replacing St Lucia Stars for the upcoming season. Zouks was the name of the original franchise from St Lucia when the league was launched in 2013. In 2016, Stars replaced Zouks, but last week the CPL terminated its participation agreement with Royal…

Chris Gayle hasn’t retired, again

We all thought Chris Gayle’s 301st one-day game for West Indies would be his last – except for the man himself. Gayle, 39, scored 72 in his side’s defeat by India in what had been expected to be his final match. But the batsman – who recently surpassed Brian Lara’s ODI run record, which now stands at…