Football reforms: Scrapping 45-minute half to be debated at Ifab

A proposal to scrap 45-minute halves is to be looked at by football’s lawmakers to deter time-wasting. Instead, there could be two periods of 30 minutes with the clock stopped whenever the ball goes out of play. Lawmaking body the International Football Association Board (Ifab) says matches only see about 60 minutes of “effective playing…

Joyciline Jepkosgei: Kenyan breaks four world records at Prague Half Marathon

Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei broke four world records as she stormed to victory at the Prague Half Marathon. The 23-year-old completed what was just her fifth half marathon in one hour, four minutes and 52 seconds – 14 seconds quicker than the record set by Peres Jepchirchir earlier this year. And she also clocked splits of…

Keep running, Darth! Half marathon course found to be 146m short

Organisers of the Brighton Half Marathon have apologised after it was revealed the course has been 146 metres (0.09 miles) short for the past three years. An investigation was launched after British Athletics analysed GPS data. “We’re devastated that this mistake has happened,” said the race organisers. “We take full responsibility for this situation and…

Aitor Karanka: Middlesbrough sack manager after three and half years

Middlesbrough have sacked manager Aitor Karanka after three and a half years at the club. Boro are winless in their last 10 Premier League games and currently sit in the relegation zone, three points from safety with 11 games remaining. They are also the league’s lowest scorers with just 19 goals and were knocked out…

Mohammad Amir: Pakistan fast bowler to join Essex for second half of 2017 season

Essex have signed Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir as an overseas player for part of the 2017 season. Amir, 24, has played 20 Tests for Pakistan, including four against England this summer, having returned from a spot-fixing ban in 2015. The left-armer will join Essex following international commitments and will be available for all formats….

Half of cricket umpires face verbal abuse – research

More than half of cricket umpires say they have been a victim of verbal abuse, according to a new research seen by the BBC. The University of Portsmouth gathered data from hundreds of umpires about the abuse they receive. Around 50% said abuse, such as swearing and aggressive confrontations, had increased in recent times. Cricket…