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Last – Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Antonio Conte have been charged by the Football Association following their clash following yesterday’s heated Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel and Conte clash after match
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The two managers shook hands after a 2-2 draw where tempers flared but then clashed on the pitch before being pulled apart by players and staff from both teams.

Both managers also received red cards from referee Anthony Taylor following the fracas.

The FA are also investigating Tuchel’s comments after the German coach criticized Taylor for his decisions.

Tuchel accused Taylor and the video assistant referee of making poor decisions which ultimately helped Spurs leave Stamford Bridge with a point.

In his post-match press conference, Tuchel lamented the “huge misinterpretation of the situations” and said “it would be better” if Taylor was no longer involved in refereeing Chelsea games.

An online petition calling for Taylor not to receive any more Chelsea matches in the future was started by fans shortly after the match and it has already received over 122,000 signatures.

While Tuchel and Conte were involved in a heated exchange, the two managers were relatively calm after the game and said they had no hard feelings.

-Reuters

The All Blacks rise in the standings

The All Blacks move up one place to fourth, while the Wallabies drop to seventh in the latest men’s rugby world rankings.

Sam Cane lifting the Freedom Cup after beating the Springboks at Ellis Park, 2022.

All Blacks after beating the Springboks
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The All Blacks’ 35-23 victory over the Springboks at Ellis Park saw them overtake England for fourth place.

Ireland remains number one ahead of France and South Africa.

The Wallabies’ record 48-17 loss to Argentina saw them drop another spot.

Dave Rennie’s men were badly beaten that day and saw them equal their all-time lowest ranking as Scotland overtook the Wallabies, who fell 1.65 ranking points in San Juan.

Despite their impressive win, Los Pumas remain in ninth place.

1 (1) Ireland 90.03

2 (2) France 89.41

3 (3) South Africa 87.78

4 (5) New Zealand 87.76

5 (4) England 86.25

6 (7) Scotland 81.93

7 (6) Australia 81.65

8 (8) Wales 81.28

9 (9) Argentina 80.97

10 (10) Japan 77.74

Another T20 league likely to cause problems

The organizers of a new Twenty20 league in the United Arab Emirates are working with their Australian and South African counterparts to minimize the impact of schedule conflicts with their competitions.

Ground staff make final preparations on the pitch before the start of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket final match between Australia and New Zealand at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, United Arab Emirates United, in 2021.

Dubai Cricket Stadium
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The International T20 League, which will be launched in January, will be the second most lucrative Twenty20 tournament after the Indian Premier League in terms of player compensation.

The inaugural edition of the six-team competition however coincides with another new Twenty20 league in South Africa, Cricket Australia’s Big Bash League and the Bangladesh Premier League.

Mubashshir Usmani, general secretary of the Emirates Cricket Board, said the January 6-February 12 window for the tournament was selected as it presented “optimal playing conditions in the UAE”.

Australian media have said Cricket Australia could prevent Chris Lynn, who was among the top of the list of marquee names released by ILT20 last week, from joining the league by denying the most powerful batsman the necessary clearance.

Other big-name players announced by the ILT20 included England internationals Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan as well as West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell and Afghan bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Owners of IPL teams Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals have purchased ILT20 franchises.

-Reuters

Cameron Smith retires from the BMW Championship

Open Championship winner Cameron Smith has withdrawn from this week’s BMW Championship due to hip discomfort.

Australian golfer Cameron Smith.

Cameron Smith
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The Australian, ranked No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings, finished tied for 13th at the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis on Sunday, the first of three PGA Tour playoff events.

“He has been suffering from hip discomfort for several months and thought it best to rest this week in pursuit of the FedEx Cup,” Smith’s agent Bud Martin said in a statement released by the PGA Tour.

Smith, a winner at St Andrews last month and ranked No. 3 in the world, will easily qualify for next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta.

He places third in the FedEx Cup race behind St. Jude winner Will Zalatoris and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, but will likely drop several spots in the standings by missing out on the BMW Championship which begins Thursday at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Of the.

Smith reportedly considering quitting PGA Tour to sign nine-figure deal with rival series LIV Golf Invitational

-Reuters

Griner is appealing his conviction

Brittney Griner’s lawyers are appealing the WNBA star’s nine-year prison sentence in Russia.

Center Phoenix Mercury was sentenced on August 4 after being convicted of drug trafficking and drug possession, six months after he was arrested at the airport with vaping cartridges containing cannabis oil.

Russian news services quoted lawyer Maria Blagovolina as saying the appeal had been filed. According to Russian law, the defense team had 10 days to do so after sentencing. The grounds for the call were not immediately clear.

Griner’s defense team said after his sentencing that the sentence was excessive. Defendants in similar cases received an average sentence of five years and about a third were granted parole, they argued.

Griner admitted to bringing a small amount of hash oil into the country in mid-February when she returned to her Russian basketball team. She said she packaged the drug, which was medically prescribed for pain, by mistake and did not try to break Russian laws.

-Reuters

Roglic on the Vuelta

Three-time winner Primoz Roglic will compete in the final Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta a Espana, despite serious injuries in last month’s Tour de France.

Slovenian Jumbo team rider Primoz Roglic celebrates on the podium after winning the 2020 La Vuelta Spain cycling tour at the end of the 18th and final stage, a 124.2 km race from the racecourse from Zarzuela to the center of Madrid, on November 8, 2020.

Primoz Roglic
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Roglic suffered a dislocated shoulder and a back injury when he crashed on stage five of the Tour de France and retired from the race before stage 15 to focus on his recovery.

The Jumbo-Visma rider will put out a bid to become the first rider to win the Vuelta a Espana four times in a row when it kicks off in Utrecht on August 19.

Meanwhile, former Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner Egan Bernal will return to race in the Tour of Denmark this week, eight months after a training accident in his native Colombia almost left paralyzed.

His Ineos Grenadiers team said the 25-year-old passed a final fitness assessment over the weekend ahead of the five-stage race.

-Reuters

Australia wants cricket at Olympics

Cricket Australia has targeted the sport’s inclusion in the 2032 Brisbane Olympics as part of a strategic plan to widen participation and maintain the game’s position at the heart of the country’s sporting culture.

The Gabba is set for a major rebuild if Queensland hosts the 2032 Olympics.

Gabba
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The ambitious “Where the Game Grows” plan released on Monday aims to double the number of children aged 5 to 12 playing the game to 210,000 over the next five years, with girls accounting for 60,000 of that total.

Another goal is to bring cricket back to the Olympics for the first time since 1900 – if that goal hasn’t already been achieved at the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Cricket has been shortlisted for possible inclusion in the 2028 Olympics along with eight other sports and the International Cricket Council will make a presentation to organizers later this month.

The host city can include any sport but requires the approval of the International Olympic Committee.

Women’s Twenty20 cricket made its Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham last month with Australia beating India by nine runs in the final to claim the first gold medal.

Brisbane plans to rebuild the city’s Gabba cricket ground into a 50,000-seat Olympic stadium to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2032 Games.

-Reuters

Murray will play the Davis Cup

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray was included in Britain’s squad for the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals in mid-September.

Andy Murray, 2022.

Andy Murray
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The UK squad will consist of Murray, world number 11 Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans and Joe Salisbury, with a fifth player to be added to the squad later.

Great Britain will face the United States, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands in Group D of the tournament, with matches scheduled at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow from September 13-18.

Murray, who led Britain to their first Davis Cup title for 79 years in 2015, last played in the competition in 2019 when he beat Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor.

The 35-year-old lost his first matches at the Canadian Masters and Citi Open in recent weeks and retired in the second round of Wimbledon last month, but finished second at the ATP 250 in Stuttgart in June.

-Reuters

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