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Ben Stokes will return for England next month after police investigation

Earlier this week the all-rounder was charged with affray for his part in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September in the middle of England’s one-day series against West Indies. Stokes, 26, has not played for England since – which has cost him around £100,000 in match fees – but the England and Wales Cricket Board met this week and said: “Given the CPS decision to charge him and two others with affray, confirmation of his intention to contest the charge and the potential length of time to trial,…

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Australia v England: first one-day international – live!

39th over: Australia 212-5 (Stonis 11, Paine 2) Woakes on for his third crack today. Has four overs to squeeze out after struggling earlier on. Well, doesn’t concede a boundary in this set, so that’s an improvement. Five from it in the smaller denominations. 38th over: Australia 207-5 (Stonis 7, Paine 1) Paine the new man, playing his first ODI in nearly seven years. What a great story his summer has been. Off the mark through the covers, then Stonis finds one to midwicket in order to keep the strike.…

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Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England fourth Test, day one – live!

Gavin Robertson (the same Gavin Robertson?) on the email. “Having watched Warner get his century before lunch on the first day of the Sydney test at the start of this year, I’ve been wondering what I can look forward on the 4th January 2018.Is it asking too much to think that England bat first and are all out before I start on my ham and cheese sandwiches around this time of day?” Quite the year for Dave. Yep, the ton in two hours to begin. Then the awful series in…

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Cricket Australia ’seriously concerned’ after claim third Ashes Test could be ‘spot fixed’

An undercover newspaper investigation claimed to have uncovered a multi-million pound international spot fixing scheme being organised from India. Two Indian bookmakers are reportedly in touch with “puppet” players who are willing to spot fix during games so huge bets can be placed in underground markets. In a statement Cricket Australia said: “The allegations raised by media outlets are of serious concern. “Cricket Australia takes a zero-tolerance approach against anybody trying to bring the game into disrepute.” The International Cricket Council (ICC) expressed “grave concern” after being handed a dossier…

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Technology 

Would YOU ditch Sky Sports for a Facebook live stream?

Would you ditch a Sky Sports or BT Sport subscription to stream the latest Premier League, IPL Cricket or NFL fixtures on Facebook? Well, Facebook certainly seems to think you would. According to a new report from Sports Business Journal, the California-based social network is interviewing candidates to negotiate worldwide sports streaming rights. The successful will purportedly be handed “a few billion dollars” to spend on global streaming deals. Facebook is not the first Silicon Valley company to show interest in streaming rights for popular sport fixtures, with Twitter paying…

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Ben Stokes EXCLUSIVE: Sponsors could leave disgraced England star after Bristol bar fiasco

Events outside the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol on Monday night could have a similarly transformative effect. Ben Stokes has already been given the cold shoulder by England and now the heat will be on his sponsors after a week that has forever tarnished the reputation of one of world cricket’s biggest stars. One leading sports marketing figure, Tim Wright, the former head of IMG in India, believes that Stokes’ actions on Monday night – regardless of what prompted them – could cost him as much as £30m over the course…

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Technology 

Facebook loses bid to stream Indian cricket tournament tourney – CNET

Facebook swung but missed in bid for IPL streaming rights.  Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images Facebook demonstrated its big ambitions for sports streaming, even as it failed to land a deal for a high-profile cricket tournament.  The social network took a swing at a five-year, $610 million deal for local streaming rights to the Indian Premier League, NDTV reported. Facebook’s hopes were dashed, however, by 21st Century Fox’s Star India unit, which bid $2.55 billion for both digital and TV rights worldwide.   Facebook’s attempt to win the annual tournament, one of India’s most…

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