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Rugby World Cup 2019: England fined for crossing halfway line before New Zealand match

Some England players strayed over the halfway line during New Zealand's haka



England have been fined a four-figure sum for crossing the halfway line as they lined up in a V formation to face the haka before their Rugby World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand.

World Rugby rules stipulate teams must remain within their own half of the pitch to receive the challenge.

Read more: Rugby World Cup 2019: England fined for crossing halfway line before New Zealand match

Russian doping scandal: Russia faces ban from all major sports events - Wada

Russian athletes were allowed to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio



Russia could face a ban from all major sports events over "discrepancies" in a lab database, the World Anti-Doping Agency has warned.

The country has been given three weeks to explain "inconsistencies" or risk being excluded from the Olympics and world championships.

Read more: Russian doping scandal: Russia faces ban from all major sports events - Wada


Badminton gold at last for 'proud' Sindhu, Shi stuns Momota


Winner Sindhu Pusarla (R) of India poses with runner-up Nozomi Okuhara (L) of Japan after the women's singles final match at the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals badminton competition in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province on December 16, 2018. AFP photo

 

SHANGHAI: An emotional P.V. Sindhu finally got her hands on gold at badminton’s season-ending World Tour Finals on Sunday while in the men’s decider China’s Shi Yuqi exacted stunning revenge over number one Kento Momota.

The 23-year-old Indian Sindhu has suffered a series of near-misses in recent years, winning silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and again at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games this year.

Read more: Badminton gold at last for 'proud' Sindhu, Shi stuns Momota

Momota powers into badminton World Tour 2018 Finals semis


Kento Momota of Japan in action during his men's singles match against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia at the HSBC Badminton World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China. - EPA



SHANGHAI: World champion Kento Momota revved into the last four of badminton’s US$1.5 million World Tour Finals with a third comprehensive victory on Friday.

The all-action Japanese star powered past Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto 21-14, 21-8 in just 36 minutes in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Read more: Momota powers into badminton World Tour 2018 Finals semis


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