City-based Twenty20 tournament featuring eight teams gets approval for 2020

A new city-based eight-team Twenty20 tournament has been given the go-ahead to start in 2020. The proposals were approved by 38 of the 41 England and Wales Cricket Board members, with 15 first-class counties in support of the competition. Essex and Middlesex were the only two counties to vote against the proposals, while Kent abstained…

Six-year-old golfer gets a round in after Bruntsfield hole-in-one

A six-year-old has become the youngest player to score a hole-in-one at Bruntsfield Links – and adhered to the tradition of buying a drink for his fellow members to mark the achievement. Primary two pupil Jack Dunn holed the 134-yard par-three seventh at the Edinburgh course using his driver. “It was fantastic,” he said. “Hopefully,…

Messi gets four game ban hours before kick-off for official insult

Lionel Messi was banned for four international matches – just five and a half hours before Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia kicked off. The Barcelona forward was punished for directing “insulting words” at an assistant referee during Thursday’s 1-0 win over Chile. Messi, who scored the only goal in the qualifier, was angered when…

Burnley's Keane gets first England call-up

Burnley defender Michael Keane has been handed his first international call-up after Stoke’s Glen Johnson withdrew from the England squad through injury. Keane, 23, who has played for England at under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels, will report to St George’s Park on Tuesday with the rest of the squad. Gareth Southgate called him up after…