SPORTS DAY: Rabada fined ... and more news
David Isaacson does a roundup of the big sporting news of the day
Rabada docked demerit points for conduct breach
Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been fined 15% of his match fee and hit with one demerit point after he was found guilty of breaching the ICC Players Conduct in the fifth ODI against India in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. Rabada, after dismissing Shikhar Dhawan in the eighth over of India’s innings, waved at the departing batsman and also made a comment which could have resulted in a reaction from the batsman. Rabada now has five demerit points on his disciplinary record, and if he reaches eight or more within a 24-month period‚ he will be suspended.
Kohli eyes World Cup glory after conquering SA
India’s first ever one-day international series victory in South Africa has laid a strong platform for the country’s hopes of a successful 2019 World Cup campaign, captain Virat Kohli said. “After this tour we will look be to even stronger with the 2019 World Cup in mind,” he said after India took a 4-1 lead in the six-match series on Tuesday.
Games chiefs red-faced after ticket gaffe
Tickets for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games opening ceremony have been sent out with the wrong day on them, an error that red-faced Australian organisers admit is embarrassing. Some 14,000 tickets for the showpiece event were printed with Thursday, April 4, when April 4 — the day for the ceremony — is a Wednesday.WINTER OLYMPICS
‘Flying Tomato’ peels back years to win gold
Snowboarding legend Shaun White savoured the feeling of “redemption” on Wednesday after he produced a jaw-dropping final run to win his third Olympic halfpipe title Wednesday, bringing up a 100th Winter Games gold for the US in the process. The 31-year-old, who won at the 2006 Turin Games and in Vancouver four years later, is known as the “Flying Tomato” because of his red hair. White’s mood soured later when quizzed over sexual harassment allegations dating back to an out-of-court settlement reportedly reached last year with Lena Zawaideh, former drummer in his band Bad Things. Asked whether the claims, which resurfaced online after his victory in Pyeongchang, tarnished his legacy, White snapped: “Honestly, I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip. But I don’t think so.”
Cheerleaders giggle at fake Kim Jong-un
A group of North Korean cheerleaders were briefly wowed by the apparent, sudden arrival of their leader, Kim Jong-un, at a Winter Olympics ice hockey game on Wednesday. Some cheerleaders giggled then immediately averted their gaze as the impersonator, who later only identified himself as Howard, smiled and waved to crowds who came to watch a unified Korean team play Japan at the Pyeongchang Games. “They are playing a good game, they scored one goal. As a president, it’s all I can ask for,” said Howard, shortly after plainclothed officials from South Korea’s National Counter-terrorism Centre moved him away from the cheerleaders, who he said had been doing a very good job.
ATP to probe ‘racial prejudice’ allegations
The Association of Tennis Professionals on Tuesday said it has launched an internal investigation after a first-round match between two American players at the New York Open boiled over on the court. ATP Tour officials say they are reviewing “allegations of racial prejudice” after Ryan Harrison and Donald Young exchanged words in the first set and had to be separated by the chair umpire during a changeover in play on Monday. The two continued their exchange later on their social media profiles. African-American Young, 28, posted on Twitter after the match: “I’m shocked and disappointed, Ryan Harrison, to hear you tell me how you really feel about me as a black tennis player in the middle of our NY match.” Harrison denied the claim.
Beloved Everest monk dies
A Buddhist monk who blessed Everest climbers headed for the summit of the world’s highest mountain has died in Nepal aged 87, local officials said on Wednesday. Lama Geshe was a fixture of the Everest climbing community and few would dare attempt to climb the fabled 8,848 metre peak without seeking his blessing. The Buddhist teacher died on Tuesday morning at his home in the village of Pangboche, which lies in the shadow of Everest in Nepal’s Khumbu Valley, said former local official Pemba Tshering Sherpa.
Malaysian ace denies featuring in sex video
Malaysian badminton ace Lee Chong Wei, a three-time Olympic silver medallist, has denied featuring in a sex video that has gone viral and has lodged a police report over what he described as “malicious” allegations. The world No 2, married with two children, slammed the video as an attempt to “slander, malign and defame my good name and character“. There had been speculation on social media in recent days that Lee featured in the video, which showed a naked man and woman together.
Leaner Super Rugby season gets first test on Saturday
A leaner Super Rugby season with fewer, but likely more competitive, fixtures starts on the weekend in what organisers, broadcasters and fans hope will be a slicker, more watchable product. The competition has been cut from 18 to 15 teams with the culling of the Cheetahs and Southern Kings, both of whom now play in Europe’s Pro14, and the Western Force. South Africa’s Stormers and the Jaguares of Argentina get the 2018 competition under way at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday, with teams from Australia, New Zealand and Japan entering the fray in the second week.
Phelps overjoyed to announce new baby
US swimming superstar Michael Phelps described himself as the “happiest man in the world” following the birth of his second child. Phelps, 32, and his wife, Nicole, announced on Tuesday night the birth of Beckett Phelps, saying he was born on Monday.