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AMERICAN FOOTBALL

NFL clears Peyton Manning

The NFL said it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with HGH or other prohibited substances, as alleged in a documentary by al-Jazeera America last fall. The league said the quarterback and his wife fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators. Manning vehemently denied the allegations when they were made late last season. Manning retired from the NFL a month after Denver’s 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50. The NFL is continuing its investigation into allegations made against other NFL players in the documentary, which the league said involves “different lines of inquiry and witnesses.”

CRICKET

Australia dominate Sri Lanka

Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood picked up three wickets as Australia ripped through Sri Lanka’s brittle top order on the first morning of the opening Test in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, yesterday. At lunch, the hosts were reeling on 84-5 with debutant all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva (24) and Kusal Perera (12) unbeaten at the crease. Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and had no hesitation in opting to bat on a dry pitch in the first of the three-match Test series. However, Australia pace duo Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc ensured their team took full control with the new ball by reducing the hosts to 18-3 inside 10 overs. Starc sent back Dimuth Karunaratne, with the opening batsman failing to get the umpire’s LBW verdict overturned on review. Hazlewood then dismissed Kusal Mendis and Kaushal Silva, and returned for another spell before lunch to lure Dinesh Chandimal into an edge behind to wicketkeeper Peter Nevill. Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe was brought on in the ninth over by Australia captain Steve Smith and he was rewarded when he dismissed Mathews.

SOCCER

Give Africa places: Infantino

Africa should be given two more places at the FIFA World Cup finals if the tournament is expanded to 40 teams, FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters on a brief trip to Nigeria on Monday. Infantino repeated his presidential election manifesto pledge to push for the World Cup to grow by eight teams to 40 and said he wants Africa to get at least two extra slots from 2026. “I believe for the World Cup 2026 — because the 2018 and 2022 finals are already decided — there should be 40 teams ... and out of the eight more, there should be at least two slots for African teams,” Infantino told reporters. “This is what I declared during my campaign and as you know, I am not a dictator, but a democratically elected FIFA president, so I have to speak to everyone and listen to everyone as well,” he added in Abuja.

RUGBY UNION

Reds appoint new coach

Former Wallabies prop Nick Stiles was yesterday appointed the Queensland Reds’ permanent coach. Stiles, who played 12 times for Australia, has been the interim co-coach along with Matt O’Connor since Richard Graham was let go two rounds into this year’s Super Rugby season. “The panel and board ... ultimately determined Nick to have the right attributes to take this group forward,” Queensland Rugby Union general manager Daniel Herbert said.

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