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International rugby union is again in turmoil after England announced an under strength party to tour the Southern hemisphere, leaving the Australian union fuming and sponsors concerned about the series.

Cricket authorities are likely to come under pressure to increase the jurisdiction of the third umpire following the planned use of slow motion replays in non-televised matches at next month's Commonwealth Games.

The West Indies' first official test tour of South Africa has been hit by a row over the players' payments.

The president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), India's Jagmohan Dalmiya, will not attend a key meeting of the ICC's executive board in New Zealand this weekend.

South Africa's Sam Ramsamy will be a member of an International Olympic Committee (IOC) reform commission meeting next week, the National Olympic Committee of South Africa (Nocsa) has said.

The International Badminton Federation (IBF) has appointed Octagon CSI as its international television rights partner effective from January 2002.

India have withdrawn from a three-match, one-day cricket series against world champions Australia scheduled for September, the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) said on Thursday.

FIFA has again called for tighter controls on security at football stadiums following the latest stadium disaster last week in South Africa.

Two "shadow" teams could be added to the southern hemisphere's Super 12 this season, a leading South African official said on Tuesday.

Manoj Prabhakar, banned for five years by the Indian cricket board, said on Wednesday he had deserved better treatment for helping expose match-fixing.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is planning to spend $4 million over the next three years to clean up the sport following widespread match-fixing allegations.

The King Commission's interim report on cricket corruption will be released on the Internet on Friday, according to a South African government spokesman.

Germany said there was nothing wrong with the vote which made them the hosts of the 2006 soccer Word Cup finals.

International matches have been banned from Harare's national stadium until further notice following the deaths of 13 fans during a World Cup qualifier between Zimbabwe and South Africa, FIFA said on Tuesday.

Speculation is mounting that the FIFA executive committee member who abstained from the last round of voting in today?s 2006 vote was New Zealand?s Charles Dempsey.

Nigeria will build an ultra-modern stadium in the capital Abuja for the 2003 All-African Games.

Glasgow Rangers have disclosed plans to float the business on the stock exchange and that talks are underway with a number of potential media investors.

Britain's first online tax-free betting service has launched into National Football League betting in the United States.

The NatWest Group will sponsor this summer's triangular one-day cricket competition between England, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

IAAF president Lamine Diack said Tuesday there are "serious possibilities" that track and field's 2002 world cup could be held in the United States.

The president of Cameroon's Football Association, Vincent Onana, has been suspended following his detention over a World Cup ticket sales scandal

World soccer's governing body FIFA has made a grant of 15 million CFA francs ($26,500) to cash-strapped Congo Republic to enable the national soccer team to take part in the 2000 Olympics soccer championship, national soccer officials have said.

The draw for the 2002 World Cup, the biggest in the tournament's 69-year history, will involve 195 nations and be seen live on Tuesday by a television audience of about one billion people.

The Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona, the venue for tonight's European Cup final, could soon be staging matches involving a Catlan "national" team.