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SHASHANK MANOHAR APPOINTED BCCI PRESIDENT FOR SECOND TERM

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Clean Slate: Shashank Manohar promises transparency for his term ahead

Clean Slate: Shashank Manohar promises transparency for his term ahead

SHASHANK MANOHAR APPOINTED BCCI PRESIDENT FOR SECOND TERM

Shashank Manohar was the unanimous choice as BCCI President and this was confirmed in the Special General Meeting of the BCCI in Mumbai on Sunday.

He promised to “clean the image” of the Board of Control for Cricket in India after being elected president for a second time.

The 58-year-old, who previously held the role from 2008-2011, succeeds former president Jagmohan Dalmiya who passed away last month.

“The first priority is to restore the faith of the fans,” said Manohar.

“There is grievance that the board is not transparent. It’s a perception created that because information does not come out, there’s something wrong.”

Manohar, who will serve a two-year term as head of arguably the most influential organisation in world cricket, has pledged to put the BCCI’s constitution, expenditure details and balance sheet on its website.

He also revealed that the board would appoint an independent ethics officer who would look into cases of conflict of interests involving players and administrators.

Manohar also asserted that there will be central contracts for women cricketers, a revival of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and financial accountability within state units.

The Nagpur-based lawyer was the lone candidate and elected at a special general body meeting of the BCCI at its headquarters in Mumbai.

MLB 2015: MOVING TOWARDS THE PLAYOFFS

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The Pirates lost 3-1 to Chicago cubs on Sunday.

The Pirates lost 3-1 to Chicago cubs on Sunday.

LA Angels was trailing 6-10 when they scored five runs to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

LA Angels was trailing 6-10 when they scored five runs to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

MLB 2015: MOVING TOWARDS THE PLAYOFFS

On Sunday, it’s time for 20 MLB teams to finally bid farewell to the 2015 season. For the other gifted 10, it’s hello to the postseason. In both cases, it’s time for fans to stress about their teams’ futures.

Five of the six division titles are wrapped up, as well as three of the four wild-card spots. The playoff picture would’ve been much clearer after Saturday if it weren’t for a thrilling comeback.

Leading the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 heading into the ninth inning, the Rangers had a 99 percent chance of winning the game and, by extension, the American League West, per ESPN.com. However, they let the Angels score five runs in the top of the final frame for an improbable 11-10 come-from-behind win, one that kept both their AL wild-card hopes alive and the Houston Astros’ hopes of winning the AL West division.

“It’s probably the craziest game I’ve been part of,’’ Angels center fielder Mike Trout said, via USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, “with everything we’ve got on the line. We lose that game, we’re in trouble.’’

The AL playoff picture is clearly in a state of flux, nor is everything settled in the National League.

Below are tables showing the playoff picture and standings heading into Sunday’s finales, followed by a look at what’s at stake on the final day of the regular season.

2015 MLB Playoff Picture Heading into Sunday

American League
RoundAwayHome
Wild CardHouston AstrosNew York Yankeys
ALDSTexas RangersToronto Blue Jays
ALDSAstros/YankeesKansas City Royal
National League
RoundAwayHome
Wild CardChicago CubsPittsburgh Pirates
NLDSNew York MetsLos Angeles Dodgers
NLDSCubs/PiratesSt Louis Cadinals

American League, National League Relevant Standings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Division LeadersWL
Toronto (AL East)9368
Kansas City (AL Central)9467
Texas (AL West)8774
Wild Card
New York Yankees8774
Houston Astros8675
Los Angeles Angels8576
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Division LeadersWL
New York Mets (NL East)8972
St. Louis Cardinals (NL Central)10060
Los Angeles Dodgers (NL West)9170
Wild Card
Pittsburgh Pirates9764
Chicago Cubs9665

NFL UK: NEW YORK JETS BEAT MIAMI DOLPHINS AT SOLD-OUT WEMBLEY

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The atmosphere in Wembley was distinctly American.

The atmosphere in Wembley was distinctly American.

There will be two more NFL matches at Wembley this season.

There will be two more NFL matches at Wembley this season.

NFL UK: NEW YORK JETS BEAT MIAMI DOLPHINS AT SOLD-OUT WEMBLEY

The atmosphere at the national stadium was rhapsodic, loud and definitively American.

Both the American and English national anthems were followed by London Calling by the Clash as the sun continued to pour down as viewers in Miami and New York started tuning in at approximately 09:30 their time.

The match at Wembley was technically a home game for the Dolphins, and they certainly were not lacking for support.

While the Dolphins were roared onto the turf accompanied by flag bearers, pyrotechnics and cheerleaders, the New York Jets players emerged onto the pitch to jeers.

Nonetheless, the sort-of visitors managed to hammer Miami Dolphins with an astounding 27-14 victory in front of a full house at Wembley to win the first of three NFL matches to be held in London in 2015.

Much of the sell-out crowd were supporting Miami but the Jets started stronger to open a 20-7 half-time lead.

Having been dominated in the opening stages, Miami rallied late on and had a touchdown disallowed before Darrelle Revis and Marcus Williams made two brilliant interceptions in the endzone with just minutes remaining.

Eric Decker and Zac Stacy then added to Chris Ivory’s opening touchdown and two Nick Folk field goals after Miami’s Jake Stoneburner had narrowed the gap.

Kenny Stils’s fourth-quarter score gave the Dolphins hope but the Jets managed to hang on.

Victory was the Jets’ third from their first four matches of the NFL season, while Miami have now lost three out of four.

A total of 12 regular season NFL match have been held at England’s national stadium since the first in 2007, when the Dolphins lost to the New York Giants.

Wembley hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills on 25 October, with Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions to face off on 1 November.