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Play-by-Play: A Water Dispute Spills Into Cricket and a Rich Offer for FIFA

Tolga Ozyurtcu
Board of Contributors
Apr 27, 2018 | 15:52 GMT
Protesters angry over water management took their grievances to the Chennai Super Kings home stadium.

Indian members of the Tamil ethnic group try to enter the MA Chidambram cricket stadium during a protest against the Indian Premier League amid ongoing protests over water rights in Chennai on April 10, 2018. Hundreds of demonstrators angry over a water crisis protested April 10 outside the stadium, demanding Indian Premier League games in the city be cancelled. The government had recommended IPL games be moved out of Chennai because of the protests.

(ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The first full month of spring brought a ton of entertaining sports action, including the Commonwealth Games, the return of baseball and an exciting start to the NBA and NHL playoffs. The ugly side of competition also reared its head in April in the lead up to Champions League play in Liverpool, where nine Italian soccer hooligans were arrested after violence with Liverpool fans, casting an unfortunate shadow over a fantastic match. On the geopolitical side of the field, the past month brought headlines from some of our usual suspects, like FIFA, in addition to a contentious moment in Indian cricket and some rumblings of note from the U.S. legal system....

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