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Smaller bats, sendings-off among new cricket laws

LONDON: Cricket's law-makers are to limit bat-sizes and introduce sendings-off among a new batch of rules which will take effect this year, they said. Bats will be measured with a "bat gauge" to make sure they don't exceed 108mm (4.25 inches) in width, 67mm in depth and 40mm at the edges, the Marylebone Cricket Club announced. Umpires will also be able to send players from the field -- temporarily or permanently -- for serious offences like acts of violence in the first new Code of Laws issued since 2000. A steady…

Uruguay appealing Suarez ban, FA tells FIFA

RIO DE JANEIRO:The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) has notified FIFA that it itends to appeal against striker Luis Suarez's punishment for biting an Italy defender in a World Cup match. A FIFA spokesperson said the world governing body received a formal, written, 'intention to appeal' from the AUF on Friday. The Uruguayans now have until next Sunday to submit their written reasons for the appeal. Suarez was banned on Thursday for Uruguay's next nine competitive international matches and from any involvement in…