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ICC aims for tougher ball-tampering sanctions in months

Cricket's world body said Thursday it wants tough new sanctions against ball tampering in place within months as it struggles with the fallout from the cheating scandal involving top Australian players. International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson said football-style red and yellow cards would be among the measures considered as it seeks to bring back a "culture of respect" to the game. The leaders of top playing nations demanded harsher punishment and more powers for umpires to act against cheating…

Las Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before rampage: documents

Three months before killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 in Las Vegas last October, the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in US history sent emails discussing buying bump stocks, which can make semiautomatic rifles fire hundreds of rounds a minute, media reports on unsealed search warrants showed. Bump stocks believed to be used in the massacre were found in the 32nd-floor hotel room from where Stephen Paddock fired down on a crowd gathered on a Sunday night for the finale of a country music festival held…

Sprint, T-Mobile call off merger after months of talks

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK: Sprint and T-Mobile US said on Saturday they have called off merger talks to create a stronger US wireless company to rival market leaders, leaving No 4 provider Sprint to engineer a turnaround on its own. The announcement marks the latest failed attempt to combine the third- and fourth-largest US wireless carriers, as Sprint parent SoftBank Group and T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom AG, show unwillingness to part with too much of their prized US telecom assets. A combined company would have had…