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Club World Cup might be an afterthought for Europe, but it’s the Holy Grail for the rest of the world

cnn — Less than six weeks after the national team’s remarkable performance at the World Cup, Morocco finds itself at the center of world soccer as it hosts the FIFA Club World Cup. Since 2005 the Club World Cup has been held annually, featuring the six winners of each continent’s equivalent to Europe’s Champions League …

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Dane van Niekerk, Women’s T20 World Cup, South Africa, selection, 2km time trial, broken, cut, dumped for failing minimum fitness, reaction

Warning: May contain offensive language below Former captain Dane van Niekerk says she’s been left “broken” after being overlooked for South Africa’s squad for the Women’s T20 World Cup for failing to meet her team’s minimum fitness standards. Ahead of her home tournament, one of the fitness tests requires women cricketers to run two kilometers …

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Cricket 2023: Dane Van Niekerk dropped from South Africa T20 World Cup squad over fitness failure

South African legend Dane Van Niekirk has been left out of South Africa’s squad for their home T20 World Cup campaign after failing “to meet the minimum criteria for fitness”. Van Niekirk ran a personal best 2km time trial of 9 minutes and 48 seconds on January 27, but South Africa’s fitness standards require its …

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Usman Khawaja wins inaugural Shane Warne Men’s Test Player of the Year award

Usman Khawaja has won the inaugural Shane Warne Men’s Test Player of the Year award following a superb 12 months in Australian whites. And he delivered a quintessentially Khawaja acceptance speech. Since returning to the Test side in January last year, Khawaja has been Australia’s leading run-scorer in the five-day format, accumulating 1020 runs at …

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Cameron Green in race against the clock to recover from frustrating finger injury, Mitchell Starc

Cameron Green is in a race against the clock to recover from a frustrating finger injury ahead of the first Test against India, with the Australian all-rounder unlikely to bowl in the series opener in Nagpur. The West Australian broke his finger during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa, where he claimed 5-27 and …

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David Warner, calls for Duckworth Lewis changes, DLS, Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat, hectic schedule, takes its toll, changes

An “exhausted” David Warner says he’ll have to work on ways to stay fresh next summer as he prepares to fly out to India frustrated that rain washed away any chance he and the Thunder had of staying alive in the BBL. Warner was on 36 not out when the heavens opened up with the …

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Amateur leagues in England consider banning ‘Mankad’ dismissal to avoid ‘absolute carnage’

Cricket clubs in England are reportedly discussing whether to ban the controversial “Mankad” dismissal, hoping to prevent ugly on-field confrontations this upcoming summer. After the Marylebone Cricket Club amended the Laws of Cricket last year, running out the non-striker during a bowler’s delivery stride has become an accepted practice among professional teams. Watch BBL12. Every …

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Cricket 2023: Pat Cummins ‘absolute rubbish’ claims he lost $40 mill sponsor

Pat Cummins has rubbed claims he cost Cricket Australia an eight figure deal. The climate conscious captain opens up on the fallout of the sponsor storm. The Alinta Energy affair will not stop Pat Cummins from becoming a climate change advocate – but he insists it was “absolute rubbish” he cost Cricket Australia an eight …

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Francis Ngannou released, Dana White, contract negotiations, where will Francis Ngannou go next, Tyson Fury, boxing, latest, updates

Just days after UFC boss Dana White sensationally revealed that the company had released heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou following a breakdown in negotiations over a new contract, the now-former UFC champion has shared his side of the story, refuting a lot of the claims White made in his post-fight press conference on Sunday (AEDT). While …

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Eddie Jones Wallabies coach; reaction, analysis, UK View, how will he fix Wallabies

Eddie Jones’ appointment as Australian coach in a bombshell $4.5 million deal has received plenty of media attention over in the United Kingdom, and understandably so. Less than seven weeks after being stood down as England mentor, the 62-year-old has signed a five-year deal with one of the nation’s biggest rivals — and there’s a …

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