LMA calls on newspaper to disclose evidence of bungs

LONDON The League Manager's Association (LMA) says it is "deeply concerned" with allegations of corruption involving some of its members and has urged the Daily Telegraph to forward evidence to England's football authorities.

The newspaper, whose investigation led to England manager Sam Allardyce leaving after 67 days in charge, made claims against Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright and Queens Park Rangers' manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on Wednesday.

Wright has been suspended by the second tier club while QPR said an internal investigation would be carried out.

African duo voted onto FIFA Council by CAF

CAIRO African soccer leaders elected Guinea's Almamy Kabele Camara and Ghana's Kwesi Nyantakyi on Thursday to represent the continent on the expanded 36-member FIFA Council.

Camara, the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) second vice president, and Ghana Football Association president Nyantakyi will complete a seven-member African delegation at an Oct. 13-14 gathering of the FIFA Council in Zurich, chaired by President Gianni Infantino.

The meeting will include discussions to expand the 2026 World Cup to 40 teams.

Higuain move may be blessing in disguise for Napoli

MILAN Napoli's free-scoring, unbeaten start to the season has suggested that the departure of prolific forward Gonzalo Higuain, viewed as a crushing blow at the time, could have been a blessing in disguise.

Maurizio Sarri's team have blasted 20 goals in their first eight games this season and turned on the style again on Wednesday as they thumped Portuguese champions Benfica, also previously unbeaten, 4-2 in the Champions League.

Rugby - McMahon replaces Pocock for Wallabies versus Springboks

PRETORIA Sean McMahon is to start at number eight in place of the injured David Pocock in the only change to Australia's starting lineup for the Rugby Championship tussle against South Africa in Pretoria on Saturday.

The 22-year-old McMahon, who has 11 caps, has been tipped as long-term replacement in the position for Pocock, who suffered a hand injury against Argentina earlier this month and intends to take a sabbatical from the game next year.

Alonso to get 30-place penalty for using new engine

By Abhishek Takle
| SEPANG, Malaysia

SEPANG, Malaysia McLaren's Fernando Alonso is set to start Sunday's Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix from the back of the grid as he tries out an upgraded Honda power unit in practice on Friday.

Rules permit a driver to use no more than five complete power units and their constituent components over the course of a season.

Running the upgraded power unit will result in Alonso taking on new variants of five of the six components that comprise it, which will cost the Spaniard 30 places on the 22-car Sepang grid.

West Ham searching for 'one good result' to gain momentum

West Ham United are one win away from getting their season back on track, manager Slaven Bilic has said ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Middlesbrough.

The east London club, who are 18th in the standings, suffered a 3-0 thumping by Southampton at the London Stadium on Sunday to register a fourth straight defeat and fifth in six league games.

Cricket - Kohli hints at end to India's dogged DRS resistance

KOLKATA India test captain Virat Kohli remains sceptical on the accuracy of ball-tracking technology but hinted India might be ready to finally embrace the Decision Review System (DRS).

The influential Indian cricket board (BCCI) has been a staunch opponent of the DRS system, which aims at reducing umpiring howlers by detecting edges and predicting ball trajectory to get correct catch and leg-before decisions.

The BCCI does not allow DRS in bilateral series involving its team but Kohli said they had been discussing the issue for a while.

Philippine boxing icon Pacquiao used drugs as a teen but backs Duterte

By Karen Lema and Clare Baldwin
| MANILA

MANILA Philippines boxing icon Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao says he took all kinds of drugs as a teenager but fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte, whose vicious anti-drugs campaign has led to the killing of more than 3,000 people, mostly users and pushers, in three months.

Pacquiao, now a senator and a close ally of the president, also said Duterte was anointed by God to discipline the Filipino people and his authority must be respected.

Bayern boss demands instant reaction to Atletico loss

By Karolos Grohmann
| BERLIN

BERLIN Bayern Munich must brush aside their first loss of the season, a 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, and immediately bounce back with victory over Cologne, said club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The German champions, who had won all eight matches in all competitions this season before their loss in Spain, take on third-placed Cologne on Saturday as they look to protect their three-point lead in the German league.

England hope Farrell, Hartley can recover ahead of tests

England face an anxious wait over the fitness of hooker Dylan Hartley and flyhalf Owen Farrell, who are struggling with back injuries ahead of this year's Autumn internationals.

England, unbeaten since head coach Eddie Jones took charge after last year's World Cup, host South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia in November and December.

Hartley, who captained England to a first Six Nations grand slam in 13 years in March, could return to action in the coming weeks, according to Northampton Saints' director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

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