IPL's Daredevils sign Samuels to replace injured de Kock

Indian Premier League side Delhi Daredevils have signed West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels to replace injured South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for the remainder of the tournament.

De Kock was ruled out of the eight-team IPL after sustaining tendon damage on his right index finger during South Africa's tour of New Zealand in March.

Samuels, who was not sold in this year's IPL auction, was part of the West Indies Twenty20 side that won the World Twenty20 last year.

Wales face All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks in autumn series

Wales will host southern hemisphere powerhouses New Zealand, Australia and South Africa as part of their four-test autumn international programme, Welsh Rugby Union Chief Executive Martyn Phillips has said.

Warren Gatland, who will resume his duties as Wales head coach after leading the British and Irish Lions on a tour of New Zealand in June and July, will also put his side up against Georgia during the series, which will be played at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

The schedule for the series:

Nov. 11: Wales v Australia

Nov. 18: Wales v Georgia

Spurs must have bigger dreams than beating Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur look destined to finish above Arsenal for the first time in more than 20 years this season but manager Mauricio Pochettino wants his side to focus on the big picture rather than be consumed with north London bragging rights.

Arsenal have mocked their rivals for years by celebrating St Totteringham's Day, the moment when Spurs can no longer overtake them in the league.

Spurs were close to breaking the run last season but ended third, one spot below Arsenal, after winning two of their last seven fixtures.

ICC board approve rollback of 2014 'Big Three' decision

MUMBAI The International Cricket Council's (ICC) board has voted to pass a new financial model to reverse a 2014 decision which effectively put India, England and Australia in control of the game's finances and administration.

Under the new financial model and governance structure, the split of revenues from the ICC for the years 2016 to 2023 will be altered to address the imbalance currently favouring the three boards.

Pitch battle mars Palmeiras victory at Penarol

MONTEVIDEO Palmeiras coach Eduardo Baptista accused Uruguayan club Penarol of deliberately preventing his players from leaving the field after the Brazilian side rallied to defeat their hosts 3-2 in a Copa Libertadores match on Wednesday.

Brazilian champions Palmeiras were losing 2-0 at half-time but scored three goals in the second half to almost guarantee their place in the knock-out stage of the competition.

However, television pictures showed Penarol players attacking Palmeiras goalkeeper Fernando Prass and combative midfielder Felipe Melo after the final whistle.

Wales' Taylor banned for two games after leg-breaking tackle

Wales defender Neil Taylor has been banned for two international matches after his wild tackle left Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman with a double leg fracture in last month's World Cup qualifier.

Ireland fullback Coleman left the field on a stretcher, with an oxygen mask on his face, after Taylor recklessly clattered into him on 68 minutes of the encounter. Taylor, who was immediately sent off, will miss Wales' next two World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Austria.

England's Ansari retires at 25 to pursue other ambitions

England and Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 25 to pursue other ambitions.

Ansari played in England's test series in India and Bangladesh last year and also represented the side in an one-day international in 2015.

"After seven years as a professional cricketer and almost two decades in total playing the game, I have decided to bring my cricket career to an end," Ansari said in a statement.

England's new Twenty20 tournament gets members' approval

The plan to create a new city-based Twenty20 tournament for English cricket in 2020 has been approved after 38 of the 41 members of the England and Wales Cricket Board voted in favour of the competition.

The new tournament will follow a format similar to the Indian Premier League with eight as yet unnamed city-based teams playing televised games followed by playoffs to decide the two teams in the final.

"I passionately believe that the game has chosen the right path," ECB chairman Colin Graves said in a statement.

Pakistan call off tour of Bangladesh

Pakistan has called off their scheduled cricket tour of Bangladesh this year, the country's board chairman Shaharyar Khan has said.

Bangladesh last toured Pakistan in 2007-08. Pakistan has since travelled to Bangladesh in 2011 and 2015 and were scheduled to play two tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20 International in July and August in the South Asian country.

Khan said Bangladesh had failed to reciprocate Pakistan's visits with the Bangladesh Cricket Board turning down an invitation to play two T20 internationals in Pakistan.

All Blacks enforcer Kaino out for up to six weeks

WELLINGTON New Zealand loose forward Jerome Kaino faces a race against time to be fit to play the British and Irish Lions in late June and early July after electing to have surgery on a meniscus tear in his knee.

The hulking blindside flanker, who has played 77 times for the All Blacks and won two World Cups, suffered the injury in Super Rugby action for the Auckland Blues two weeks ago and will have surgery on Friday.

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