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Former Scotland cricket captain De Lange dies aged 38

Scottish cricket was in mourning on Friday following the death of former national team captain Con De Lange at the age of 38 following a lengthy illness.
South Africa-born all-rounder De Lange was diagnosed with a brain tumour after falling ill while away on international duty in late 2017.
"Con's death at such an early age is a tragedy," said Cricket Scotland chairman Tony Brian.
De Lange started his career in South Africa, playing for the Knights and Free State and had two years with Northamptonshire before representing Scotland.
At international level, he captained Scotland to their first 50-over victory over a International Cricket Council full member and hit the winning runs as Scotland chased down 287 against Sri Lanka in May 2017.

EPL players to boycott social media in racism protest

Premier League stars will be among the footballers taking part in a 24-hour social media boycott on Friday as part of a protest against racist abuse online.
The campaign, which is being co-ordinated by England's Professional Footballers' Association, urges players to stay off all social media from 9:00am local time (0800 GMT) Friday after posting the hashtag #Enough.
There have been growing concerns over how football should tackle racism following a number of incidents of abuse both at grounds and on social media.
England's black players faced repeated racist chants during their Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro last month.
Danny Rose said afterwards he had "had enough" and "can't wait" to quit the game, with the Tottenham defender adding attempts by football authorities to punish racist incidents were "a farce".

Milan fined 86,000 euros for Kessie, Bakayoko shirt prank

AC Milan and the Serie A club's players Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie have been fined a total of 86,000 euros ($97,000) for holding up Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi's shirt like a trophy after Saturday's 1-0 win over their Champions League rivals, according to Italian media.
Milan agreed with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on a payment of 86,000 euros -- 33,000 euros per player and 20,000 euros for the club, Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia reported.
The fine was cut by a third as AC Milan agreed to pay it immediately.
Acerbi had angered the Milan pair when he said there was "no comparison" between the teams before the game.
He said swapped his shirt with on-loan Chelsea midfielder Bakayoko "to put an end to the issue" but was furious when they held it aloft on front of Milan's fans afterwards.
Both apologised with the Ivorian Kessie, whose penalty sealed the win, insisting it was "just a joke, nothing more".

MLS boosts expansion fees to $200 million

Major League Soccer said Thursday it plans to expand to 30 teams, but was unable to say when or which cities it would add to reach that figure. 
The league, which currently has 24 teams in the US and Canada, said Thursday that it would charge the 28th and 29th teams an expansion fee of $200 million.
The league said it is in talks with Sacramento and St. Louis about joining the league. No details were given for the fee or possible name of a 30th expansion team. 
"Professional soccer at all levels is thriving in the United States and Canada and we believe there are many markets that could support a successful MLS club," MLS commissioner Don Garber said on Thursday.

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