SPORTS DAY: Rassie picks several rookies in Bok squad
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Rassie names first of three training squads
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus named his first training squad on Tuesday‚ which consisted of 11 Bulls players because of Super Rugby constraints. The likes of inexperienced scrumhalf Embrose Papier and flank Roelof Smit were included while Handré Pollard and Jesse Kriel are among some stalwarts in the group. They will take part in the first of three alignment camps which will be hosted in Vanderbijlpark from April 1-4, with the others running from April 8-11 and April 22-25. “The Bulls have a bye on the weekend of April 7‚ the Stormers and Lions are not involved the following weekend (April 14) while the Sharks are not in action on April 28‚ allowing us the opportunity to assemble in three groups,” said Erasmus.
Underarm bowler talks of life-long hauntingTrevor Chappell is possibly the only Australian cricketer past or present to have found a positive in the ball-tampering scandal that has engulfed the country, relieving him of an unwanted notoriety he assumed 37 years ago. With one ball remaining in the third one-day final of the 1981 World Series Cup and New Zealand needing six runs to tie, Chappell was instructed by his brother and Australian captain Greg to bowl underarm. Trevor rolled the ball along the pitch to prevent Kiwi tail-ender Brian Mckechnie clearing the fence about 90m away. “I thought it was a good idea to underarm bowl at the time but not these days,” said Trevor. “I struggled a lot with it mentally. I was vilified for years and people will still ask about it.”
Faked death goes viral after failed bet
Bangladesh police have detained a man who faked his murder on social media — using red fruit juice as imitation blood — to avoid paying out $1,800 on a cricket bet, a senior officer said Tuesday. A video of Adel Shikder’s purported murder was shared some 10,000 times within days, prompting a hunt for his body. “He hired a film make-up artist who is an occasional videographer to film his ‘murder’ after he lost a bet on the Nidahas trophy final between Bangladesh and India,” said police.
Official handed 20-year ban for fixing attempt
A Harare official has been banned from all cricket activities for 20 years for offering Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer $30,000 to fix a match last year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday. Rajan Nayer, the treasurer and marketing director of Harare Metropolitan Cricket, accepted the charge of “directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging Cremer” to fix an international match, the ICC said without identifying the game.
Congo quartet leave camp over poor organisationFour players have walked out on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national team protesting poor organisation around a friendly international in a second such case in recent days. West Ham United’s Arthur Masuaku, Paul-Jose Mpoku of Belgian club Standard Liege, Jordan Ikoko from En Avant Guingamp and Gael Kakuta of Ligue 1 outfit Amiens left the camp on Monday because of repeated logistical and organisational problems as the team travelled to Dar-es-Salaam for a friendly against Tanzania on Tuesday. Last week star striker Thievy Bifouma walked out on the Congo-Brazzaville team who have been holding a camp in France, complaining of tardy arrangements and poor treatment of the players.
Nike deal affects England’s World Cup preparations
England appear set to play only one of their three remaining World Cup warm-up matches with the tournament ball because of the Football Association’s long-term commitment to Nike. Several participating nations, including Germany and Spain, have played friendlies with the Adidas Telstar ball that will be used at the June-July tournament in Russia. However, Gareth Southgate’s England will use the Nike Ordem V ball in the friendly against Italy at Wembley on Tuesday as part of the FA’s contract with their American apparel and ball supplier which runs until 2030.
Uefa to allow players to switch clubs
Players who switch clubs during the course of a season will be allowed to play for both in the Champions League under new rules announced by Uefa on Tuesday. The European global soccer body said in a statement that it would also allow teams to use a fourth substitute in extra-time during Champions League and Europa League knockout ties. The new ruling will come into effect next season.BOXING
Those belts are mine, Parker tells JoshuaJoseph Parker went face to face with Anthony Joshua on Tuesday and said he had yet to decide how he was going to win the unification battle of the undefeated world heavyweight champions. New Zealander Parker (24-0) had no doubt he would do so, however, in front of 80,000 people at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday. “I feel it’s my time,” the bespectacled WBO champion, looking sharp in three-piece suit and tie, said.
Paraplegic ‘humbled’ by Everest trek
A wheelchair-bound Australian who reached Everest base camp under his own power said on Tuesday he was “humbled” to be the first paraplegic to make the gruelling journey mostly unaided. Scott Doolan, 28, took 10 days to reach the foot of the world’s highest peak. He suffered a stress fracture while navigating the rocky terrain and extreme altitude — in his wheelchair and, where possible, on his hands and occasionally being carried. Doolan reached the camp, 5,364m above sea level, on Sunday, taking barely longer than many able-bodied trekkers. “I was struggling to breathe at that time because I was walking on my hands but I just remember looking up and seeing a crowd of about 20 people. Once I actually got there they all start cheering and that was pretty damn humbling,” Doolan said.