Mujeeb Zadran in Afghanistan squad for Under-19 World Cup

December 7, 2017

1:10 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Mujeeb Zadran, the first men’s player born in the 21st century to play international cricket, has been named in Afghanistan’s squad for the Under-19 World Cup. The 16-year old offspinner took 4 for 24 on debut against Ireland on Tuesday and, according to his coach Raees Ahmadzai, had no trouble showing he belonged in the big stage. “I saw him for the first time in…

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No Two-Leaves, No Hat, It's A Pressure Cooker For TTV Dhinakaran

December 7, 2017

New Delhi: Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, who wanted the legacy two-leaves election symbol and eventually settled for a hat, has got a pressure cooker instead.In November, Mr Dhinakaran had lost the two-leaves election symbol to a faction of Tamil Nadu’s ruling party led by O Panneerselvam and E Palaniswami, after the Election Commission recognised them as the “real” party. Mr Dhinakaran, nephew of jailed VK Sasikala, will now have…

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LaVar: Sons LiAngelo, LaMelo sign with agent

December 7, 2017

12:48 PM ET Jeff GoodmanESPN Insider Close Joined ESPN as a college basketball Insider in June 2013 Previously wrote for CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com LaVar Ball told ESPN that his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, ending any speculation that LaMelo will play college basketball. The plan is now for both to play on the same team overseas. “I don’t care about the money,” LaVar Ball…

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Nassar gets maximum 60-year sentence

December 7, 2017

12:12 PM ET Grand Rapids, MI — Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor who used his position of authority to sexually abuse young women for decades was given a 60 year sentence in federal court Thursday. Judge Janet T. Neff handed the 54-year-old former doctor the maximum sentence on three child pornography charges of receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and destruction and concealment…

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Dhaka, Comilla one victory away from final

December 7, 2017

Dwayne Bravo and Shahid Afridi share a light moment ahead of the first qualifier © Raton Gomes Big picture Dhaka Dynamites are a team filled with T20 superstars. Comilla Victorians are much the same, their hefty batting line-up and proficient bowling attack helping them finish as the top team in the league stage. So, who will blink first in the first qualifier? Comilla will rely heavily on their experienced players…

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Winless Browns fire personnel czar, sources say

December 7, 2017

10:37 AM ET Adam Schefter CloseESPN Senior Writer ESPN NFL Insider Joined ESPN in 2009 Former president of the Pro Football Writers of America and the author of four books Dianna Russini The Cleveland Browns fired executive vice president Sashi Brown, the man who headed Cleveland’s personnel department the past two years, league sources told ESPN. Head coach Hue Jackson will remain on the job and the expectation is that…

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Mohammad Shahzad receives one-year ban for doping code violation

December 7, 2017

Mohammad Shahzad flicks through the on side © Peter Della Penna Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been handed a retrospective one-year ban by the ICC. The 29-year old was found to be in breach of the ICC Anti-Doping Code, having ingested the banned substance Clenbuterol. A statement on the ICC website said Shahzad had “inadvertently ingested the prohibited substance, as a contaminant of a weight-loss product he was taking, Hydroxycut.”…

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Poor sleep may up depression risk

December 7, 2017

By: IANS | New York | Published: December 7, 2017 8:55 pm Chronic sleep deprivation reduces the proper functioning of putamen. (Source: File Photo) If your teenaged son or daughter is regularly waking up till late in the night, he or she is likely to have poor sleep, which may increase their risk of developing mood disorders, especially depression, researchers have warned. The study, led by Peter Franzen from the…

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Parents, beware! Your teen's lack of sleep may increase their risk of depression

December 7, 2017

New Delhi: With more and more youngsters complaining of sleep deprivation, researchers have warned parents that their sleep deprived teenager may be at an increased risk of developing mood disorders, especially depression. Led by Peter Franzen from the University of Pittsburgh in the US, the study showed that teenagers with sleep deprivation may indulge more in risk-taking behaviour and addictions. The reason for this is that chronic sleep deprivation reduces…

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Pakistan to host three PSL games next year

December 7, 2017

8:08 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff The Pakistan Super League (PSL) will stage three games in Pakistan next season, including the final in Karachi at the end of March, which will be the highest-profile game in the port city in nine years. The PCB released an expanded 34-game schedule for the third season of the tournament (it was 24 last season), which will also see the entry of a sixth franchise,…

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