SPORTS DAY: Out of bed and straight onto the course


SPORTS DAY: Out of bed and straight onto the course

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Near-disaster inspires Larrazabal
Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal had a scary start to the Indian Open when he woke up just 38 minutes before his tee-time after his new phone reverted to the time back in Europe. A timely wake-up call from a European Tour official, “a 10-second shower” and a mad car dash got Larrazabal to the DLF Golf and Country Club just before his 7am start time. But the near-disaster inspired him to within two shots of the lead in the opening round on Thursday. “I think the courtesy car made a world record from the hotel to the golf course in a couple of minutes, it was really wild,” said Larrazabal. “Shooting under par on this golf course, it’s unbelievable,” added the 34-year-old.
Sparks fly as dismissed Sascoc CEO Reddy makes submission
Dismissed Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy acted in a way that was “tantamount to fraud”‚ a member of the ministerial committee of inquiry into SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) governance matters said. Reddy and his two fired colleagues‚ CFO Vinesh Maharaj and manager Jean Kelly‚ made their submissions on Thursday. Reddy levelled several accusations against president Gideon Sam‚ saying he orchestrated their dismissals. Meanwhile Labour lawyer Shamima Gaibie referred to a bill of costs drawn up by an attorney briefed by Athletics SA (ASA) as proof of Sascoc interference in his federation.
Dope taint bothers Gatlin
Speaking at a press conference in Pretoria Justin Gatlin, the 36-year-old world 100m champion, says he wants to be remembered as a fighter. The American never shied away from questions about his doping past‚ facing them as he faced defeat at the hands of Usain Bolt year after year — until his success at the 2017 world championships in London. “It was hard‚” said Gatlin. “I had a great season in 2015 and losing ... that’s a surreal moment.
Shrink Komphela counsels shrunk Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs have recovered from their Soweto derby defeat hangover and will not allow any sense of gloom result in a shock loss against Stellenbosch FC in the Nedbank Cup‚ Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela has said. “The first two days are where you are trying to me more of a mental therapist. Get rid of it‚ deal with it mentally‚ freshen your mind‚” he said. “And obviously that is also based on the fact that when you do your debrief you reflect. Without feedback you can’t look forward. And unfortunately part of that feedback is not positive (this week). Quickly get it out of your way and start looking forward,” Komphela said. 
Bethlehem statue for Stars loading
Belgian coach Eymael says that if Free State Stars qualify for African club competition this season authorities will have to build a statue in Bethlehem in honour of the players as he prepares his side for a Nedbank Cup Last 16 clash at home to Chippa United on Saturday. Finishing in the top three in the league or winning the Nedbank Cup would guarantee Stars a place in the African club competitions for the first time. “It would be fantastic if we could qualify for a place in Africa. You could say it would be a small miracle. But will we do it? Only God knows. I am not God‚ I am just a coach‚ working hard and with passion,” he joked.
Ndoro protests to be heard next week
The Premier Soccer League announced that protests by Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City against Ajax Cape Town fielding striker Tendai Ndoro will be heard next Thursday. SuperSport United have added a third protest to those already underway regarding Ndoro’s eligibility. “Ajax Cape Town fielded Mr Ndoro against Orlando Pirates on 31 January 2018 and against SuperSport United on 28 February 2018. Both clubs are protesting the eligibility of Mr Ndoro. The PSL DC will sit on Thursday‚ 15 March 2018 in the evening,” the League said. The PSL have also have an appeal at arbitration with the SA Football Association over the Ndoro’s eligibility.
CSA contracts for Ngidi and Markram
Aiden Markram and Lungi Ngidi were signed for the first time‚ while Farhaan Behardien‚ Stephen Cook‚ Wayne Parnell and Aaron Phangiso lost on the roundabouts when Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced their list of contracted players for the 2018/19 season on Thursday. The new list will cover the tours to Sri Lanka and Australia‚ the home series against Zimbabwe‚ Pakistan and Sri Lanka‚ and the 2019 World Cup in England. Eighteen players have been contracted‚ down from the previous list of 21.
Skip in step as Aussies arrive in PE
Australia arrived in Port Elizabeth with a skip in their step having gone 1-0 up in the four-match series win a 118-run win at Kingsmead‚ in Durban‚ on Sunday. Aussie wicketkeeper Tim Paine is expecting similar conditions to those experienced in Durban when the tourists square up with South Africa in the second Test starting at St George’s Park on Friday. “It’s been quite slow [in the past]. It’s been favourable conditions I suppose for reverse swing so we expect probably something similar to what we got last week. But if not we have to adapt quickly and whatever conditions we get it’s about starting well‚” said Paine.
Jones feels need for speed
England coach Eddie Jones said a need for greater speed from his back three lay behind his decision to drop Mike Brown for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against France in Paris. Anthony Watson will move across to fullback, with Jonny May on the right wing and the fit-again Elliot Daly, back from an ankle problem, on the left wing. “It’s a tough call on Brownie. He’s been a real good solid player for us but we’ve decided to go with a back three with a bit more pace this week,” explained Jones at his squad’s Bagshot training base, southwest of London, on Thursday.
Power champions female mixed martial arts
Shana Power, who at 25 is also the country’s first female MMA coach, said that being a woman had not held her back in a sport that is often perceived as largely the preserve of men. “In my profession I’ve actually been quite fortunate, I haven’t faced many challenges, for example being a woman in a male-dominated sport, I’ve actually had a lot of positives from it,” she said. But securing equal pay to match that of her fellow male competitors had proved to be a struggle. “I don’t think we get offered the same, but in terms of the personal training and coaching, yes I’m rated the same as a male,” she said.
– TimesLIVE, Reuters and AFP

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