SPORTS DAY: De Kock crocked
A look at all the day's top sports news.
De Kock joins injury list
South Africa’s worrisome injury list has been lengthened after wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was ruled out for up to four weeks with a wrist injury, officials said on Monday. De Kock joins stalwarts Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers on the sidelines, though the latter is expected to resume training in the next few days. De Kock was injured during South Africa’s heavy nine-wicket loss to India in Pretoria on Sunday.
Kane denies diving
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has hit back at Virgil van Dijk’s claim he dived to win a penalty in Sunday’s dramatic 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield. Liverpool’s record signing said the England international went down too easily under pressure from goalkeeper Loris Karius for the first of two Spurs penalties. Kane disagreed. “He (Karius) has dived, he got in the way and I’m a player. I’m not going to jump out of the way because it’s football,” said Kane, denying Van Dijk’s accusation. “I definitely felt contact and I went down.”
Advertising’s contentious MLK message
Advertisers tried to play up American values and not fumble the ball during Sunday’s Super Bowl, yet one waded into controversy by using the voice of the late Martin Luther King. In the biggest US television advertising event of the year, most spots featured humour, celebrities and a feel-good message, steering clear of a politically divisive environment. A surprise came with the words of slain civil rights leader King in an ad for Dodge Ram, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, where he is heard saying, “We recognise that he who is greatest among you shall be the servant.”
Philly goes dilly
Joy descended into mayhem in Philadelphia on Sunday night as ecstatic Eagles fans damaged shops, toppled light poles and even flipped a car during revelry following their team’s first Super Bowl win, local media reported. Thousands of police officers had been deployed in anticipation, but although initial celebrations captured on television appeared good-natured, the preparations didn’t prevent scenes of chaos chronicled on social media.
Air crash haunts McGuinness 60 years on
Not a day goes by when Wilf McGuinness doesn’t think of the friends and teammates he lost when the Munich air crash ripped the heart out of Manchester United’s “Busby Babes”. The disaster killed eight of the young, vibrant side who had won successive league titles and left manager Matt Busby fighting for his life. The events of February 6 1958 are woven into the fabric of the club, which recovered to become the first English team to lift the European Cup 10 years later on a deeply emotional night at Wembley. McGuinness, now 80, was not on the plane — which crashed on the third take-off attempt in terrible weather conditions — because he was injured. “They would have been the best-ever United team, in fact they were the best ever. They would have won everything,” says McGuinness, who attended all his teammates’ funerals.CYCLING
Froome to start season under doping cloud
Chris Froome said on Monday he is “confident” of progress in a probe into his adverse doping test as the British rider prepares for his first race of the season at this month’s Ruta del Sol. Froome will be part of Team Sky’s line-up for the five-day stage race in Andalusia, southern Spain, which runs from February 14-18. Froome and his Team Sky revealed in December that the 32-year-old had tested for elevated levels of the asthma medication salbutamol during the Vuelta a Espana, which he won for the first time in September.
Brutal cold raises concerns over ceremony
Freezing weather at the Winter Olympics threatens to force some athletes and staff to pull out of Friday’s opening ceremony as Pyeongchang shivers in temperatures plunging to minus 20 degrees Celsius. Italy are among the countries fearing the dangerous effects of the big chill and are advising their competitors to ensure they are moving at all times during the traditional curtainraiser on Friday. Doctors with the Italian team have ordered coaches and staff with heart problems or diabetes to keep in the warm instead — the stadium for the opening ceremony is open to the elements with no roof.
The athlete who came in from the cold
Everything was telling Casey Andringa his Winter Olympic dream was doomed, from a deathly ill meningitis bout to two knee injuries and a World Cup snub despite his best results. But after a summer living out of a small camper and a whirlwind month of success, the 22-year-old American will live his dream Friday in moguls qualifying — freestyle skiing — before walking in the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang. Andringa was ready to give up at one stage, but his father Jeff prodded him to make another try. So Andringa went camping. Joined by younger brother Jesse in a pop-up camper they trekked to Oregon and California before settling in Colorado to save on rent. Bonfires every night. Camping under the stars. Occasional snow on sleeping bags. No internet. No bathroom although “the people at Starbucks knew me really well”. “You would hear a pack of coyotes howling.” After getting the Olympic call, he called his dad. “He had to pull the car over because he started crying and then I started crying and it was a whole mess,” said Andringa, whose family will attend his Olympic debut in South Korea.
Trauma centres set up for Olympic athletes
As US sport reels from a horrifying sexual abuse scandal, athletes competing in this month’s Pyeongchang Olympics will have access to trauma units for the first time in Games history. Four counselling centres have been set up by local organisers to offer medical and psychological care to athletes subjected to harassment or abuse. Legal advice will also be on hand to help victims file a police report, according to Games officials.
No Games for Russians who had life bans lifted
Fifteen Russians whose life bans for doping were lifted last week have been barred from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday, as Russia’s drugs conspiracy continued to reverberate just days from the opening ceremony.