SPORTS DAY: Proteas on the rack but Elgar hangs in

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SPORTS DAY: Proteas on the rack but Elgar hangs in

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CRICKET
Elgar stands tall, but Aussies hold advantage
Dean Elgar’s defiant century kept South Africa’s heads above water on the first day of the third Test at Newlands on Thursday. But Australia will be the happier of the two teams on a day that was ended three overs early by bad light with the home side on 266/8. Elgar was 121 not out with Kagiso Rabada‚ cheered all the way to the wicket by a crowd of 9,293 in the wake of having his ban overturned on appeal‚ on six not out. Elgar was 121 not out with Kagiso Rabada‚ cheered all the way to the wicket by a crowd of 9 293 in the wake of having his ban overturned on appeal‚ on six not out.
Broad joins 400 club
England’s Stuart Broad joined an illustrious club as only the 15th man in Test history to take 400 wickets when Tom Latham was caught for 26. The top five wicket-takers of all-time in Tests:  Muttiah Muralitharan (SRI) 800; Shane Warne (AUS) 708; Anil Kumble (IND) 619; Glenn McGrath (AUS) 563; and James Anderson (ENG) 522.  
Indian Premier League to adopt DRS 
This year’s Indian Premier League will feature the Decision Review System (DRS) for the first time, organisers have said. IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla confirmed that the technology will be used when the 11th edition of the cash-rich tournament gets under way next month.
RUGBY
Player fined for brandishing old SA flag
An unnamed Griquas rugby player has been fined R10,000 and suspended for four games after an incident at a pre-season training camp earlier this month. The player allegedly ran across a bowling green carrying an old South African flag. Initial reports said that the player‚ a white man‚ shoved the flag in the face of a black teammate. That was denied. The player was found guilty of breaching World Rugby’s regulations and has been banned for four matches‚ suspended for two years. Half the R10,000 fine was suspended for two years.SOCCER
Baxter impressed with young Bafana players
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter was impressed at how the young players he introduced in Wednesday’s four-nations friendly tournament win against Angola in Zambia settled after signs of early nerves. South Africa beat Angola 6-5 on penalties at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola after fighting back from a goal down for a 1-1 draw in normal time. “I thought in the first 10 or 15 minutes it was noticeable that the young players were nervous and I think all of them made mistakes. But when they settled‚ I thought all of them equipped themselves very nicely‚” Baxter said.
‘World Cup at risk from match-fixing’
The World Cup is not immune from the threat of match-fixing, experts have warned, with sophisticated monitoring systems in place to identify suspicious activity during the tournament in Russia. Jake Marsh, head of integrity at digital media group Perform, which supplies live sports video to bookmakers, said factors such as national pride and the impression — sometimes false — that all the players are well-paid, did not mean the World Cup would not be targeted. “We have had World Cup qualifiers that have been proved as fixed,” said Marsh, speaking at the Betting on Football conference at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground. “So why wouldn’t they go into the main tournament?”
Man Utd announce plans for women’s team
Manchester United have announced plans to form a women’s professional team after long being criticised for lagging behind their rivals. The Premier League giants are the only top-flight club in England without a senior women’s team. United said they had submitted an application to the Football Association to join the second tier of the Women’s Super League.
MOTORSPORT
F1 start lights moved to compensate for halo
Formula One has changed the positioning of race start lights to ensure drivers can see clearly around the new halo head protection system that debuts in Australia this weekend. The halo, a titanium structure fixed at three points with a central upright in front of the driver’s vision and an overhead loop, has been introduced to protect against the risk of bouncing wheels and other debris. Some drivers have expressed concern about seeing the start lights, depending on where they line up on the grid. “With the halo, what we’ve asked every circuit to do is to make the lights at a standard height above the track,” the governing FIA’s race director Charlie Whiting told reporters.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
UAE champions ‘determination’ tag
The United Arab Emirates, slated to become the first Arab country to host the Special Olympics in 2019, is championing an alternative label for those with special needs: “People of Determination“. Arab athletes used to being called “special needs”  — or even derogatory terms like “retarded” in their home countries — were surprised and excited this week to see welcome signs with the new label at the 9th Middle East and North Africa Regional Games in Abu Dhabi.
BOXING
‘Parker a bigger all-round threat than Wilder’
Britain’s Anthony Joshua says his next opponent, WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, is a more well-rounded fighter than Deontay Wilder. “Parker is a better all-rounder,” Joshua told reporters at his training camp. “He has a good left hook, right hand, he wings a right to the body, he likes a left hook to the body. I haven’t seen Wilder throw that many body shots. Wilder relies on the right hand. There has never been one champion in the heavyweight division that relied solely on power and one punch ... Parker has an all-round game. That is what makes it a dangerous fight.”

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