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Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Sunderland’s John O’Shea (left) and Wes Brown remonstrate with referee Roger East after the latter is mistakenly sent off for the foul on Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao during the English Premier League match at Old Trafford Stadium on Saturday.

Brown's red card overturned after Sunderland appeal succeeds


Sunderland has succeeded in overturning the red card shown to defender Wes Brown against Manchester United on Saturday. Brown was dismissed by referee Roger East for an apparent foul on United striker Radamel Falcao in the penalty area, although it appeared on replays that John O'Shea had been the player to impede the Colombian.

The Premier League referees' organisation released a statement after Sunderland's 2-0 loss, saying that East believed Brown's foul had been the crucial one. But an independent regulatory commission convened by the English Football Association cleared Brown of any wrongdoing, and he will not now have to serve a one-match suspension.

Michael Schumacher's son to

drive in Formula 4

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP):

Michael Schumacher's 15-year-old son, Mick, has outgrown kart racing and is moving up to Formula 4, a series for young talents. The young Schumacher has signed a contract with Van Amersfoort Racing to drive in Formula 4.

"We have watched his skills in test driving and are looking forward to a successful season," the Dutch team's owner, Frits van Amersfoort, said yesterday.

The son of the most successful driver in Formula One history got his racing start in the same kart series as his famous father, who honed his skills on a circuit near the family's home, before moving on to Formula 3 and later Formula One glory.

Michael Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in December 2013. He was retired at the time of the accident. He is still recovering at his Swiss home after spending months in hospital.

Former ICC chief Dalmiya returns as BCCI president


Former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief, Jagmohan Dalmiya, returned as president of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India yesterday after current ICC boss Narainswamy Srinivasan was barred from seeking re-election.

Dalmiya emerged as the only candidate after India's Supreme Court ruled ICC chairman Srinivasan cannot seek another term as BCCI president while he continues to hold a stake in Indian Premier League (IPL) team the Chennai Super Kings.

Dalmiya, who was ICC president from 1997-2000 and BCCI president from 2001-2004, was elected unopposed during an annual general meeting in Chennai.

The Supreme Court barred Srinivasan from seeking re-election in January following a conflict-of-interest case filed by the provincial Cricket Association of Bihar in regard to a spot-fixing probe against Srinivasan's son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan.

The committee will also suggest reforms and amendments to the BCCI's rules.