Joe Perry gets three-month suspended ban over betting rule breaches

Joe Perry has been given a three-month ban – suspended until May 2018 – for breaching rules on betting on matches. Perry, 42, admitted placing 193 bets between September 2009 and June 2013 worth £2,806.49, making a profit of £832.09. None of the bets involved his own matches, but he did bet on matches in…

Musselburgh gets temporary licence

Musselburgh Racecourse has been granted a temporary licence until the end of the year. The British Horseracing Authority decision follows a dispute with East Lothian Council, which holds the majority on the management committee, over the track’s administration. The Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee has agreed to an independent review of its governance. Forthcoming fixtures on…

Michelle Payne: Jockey gets four-week ban for failed drugs test

Media playback is unsupported on your device Michelle Payne, the only female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, has been banned for a month for taking a banned substance. The 31-year-old took the weight suppressant Phentermine after returning from a life-threatening fall in which she split her pancreas. Payne, who rode at Royal Ascot last…

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,…