SPORTS DAY: Lehmann caught cold by the ball-tampering

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SPORTS DAY: Lehmann caught cold by the ball-tampering

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CRICKET
CA chief: Lehmann caught cold by ball-tampering
Cricket Australia’s chief executive officer, James Sutherland, said coach Darren Lehmann was caught cold by the ball-tampering controversy that took place at Newlands. Lehmann‚ who was caught on camera speaking to substitute fielder Peter Handscomb on a walkie-talkie when Cameron Bancroft was using sandpaper on the ball before tea on day three‚ was found to have had nothing to do with the saga. Sutherland confirmed Bancroft‚ who has been banned for nine months for his part‚ used sandpaper on the ball.
SOCCER
Safa orders Ndoro to stop playing
Tendai Ndoro must immediately stop playing for Ajax Cape Town but a decision on whether the Premier Soccer League’s Dispute Resolution Chamber were right to let him compete over the last three months is being deferred to Fifa. The arbitrator who sat on the matter on Monday‚ Nassim Cassim‚ has decided the DRC did not have a right to rule on the matter when it came before them in January and instead said Fifa must rule “because the matter involved an overseas/international club”. This is likely to lead to a further protraction of an already complicated affair that is plainly confusing many.Just give player of season to Tau‚ says Mosimane
Just give the Premier Soccer League’s player of the season award to Percy Tau‚ Mamelodi Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane has said‚ playing down any need for further debate on other candidates. “For us Tau is performing. I mean he’s got assists‚ he scores‚” Mosimane said of Sundowns’ superb forward Tau’s season. “For me‚ you can’t compare Percy to anybody. Give it to him. He’s playing Champions League‚ excuse me — and scoring. He’s scoring for Bafana.”
Four years on‚ Ekstein still finding his feet at Chiefs
Pule Ekstein has said that we have not seen the best of the Kaizer Chiefs midfielder yet. But, at 27, when will we? The standard has been so much lowered at Chiefs that a player who has spent four years at the club, is 27 years old and should be reaching legendary heights by now‚ honestly confessed that he hasn’t peaked to his own satisfaction and still has a lot to learn. “To be honest with you‚ I’m not happy with my progress‚” admitted Ekstein‚ who has three goals to his name in the four years he’s been with the Soweto giants. “I’m still working on it (progress) and I’m willing to work hard.”
Pogba and Dembele targeted in racist Russian chants
French Sports Minister Laura Flessel has condemned the “inadmissible” monkey chants aimed at French players Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele during an international friendly against World Cup hosts Russia in St Petersburg. World football governing body Fifa said it would investigate the incident which has raised new fears of racism in Russia less than three months before the World Cup kicks off. “Racism has no place on the football pitch,” said Flessel.
VAR confusion could blight World Cup — Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate believes a lack of clarity over the video assistant referee (VAR) system could blight the 2018 World Cup. Southgate’s side were denied another impressive World Cup warm-up friendly result as Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty three minutes from time salvaged a 1-1 draw for Italy at Wembley on Tuesday. However, the visitors were only awarded a spot-kick after German referee Deniz Aytekin overturned his initial decision not to give a penalty when substitute Federico Chiesa tumbled under the challenge of James Tarkowski using VAR.RUGBY
Ref Poite on Bok case again
The Springboks will again have to deal with French official Romain Poite in a crucial match after he was named as the referee for June’s second Test against England. The 42-year-old Frenchman infamously yellow-carded Bok hooker Bismarck du Plessis against the All Blacks in Auckland in 2013 for what was a legal tackle on flyhalf Dan Carter. Poite’s errors caused a huge outcry at the time and World Rugby‚ the game’s governing body issued a statement confirming the error. It was little consolation for the Boks as they lost 29-15.
GOLF
High cost remains biggest barrier to diversity in golf
African American professional golfer Mariah Stackhouse on Tuesday said the high cost of playing the game remained the primary reason for the lack of diversity in the sport. Speaking at the ANA Inspiring Women in Sports conference ahead of the first women’s major of the year at Rancho Mirage this week, Stackhouse said the cost of travel alone makes it hard for people from low-income backgrounds to turn pro. “We have to make golf more accessible to people in communities that just don’t have the resources,” said Stackhouse, who urged cities to open driving ranges to expose the game to a wider audience.
SOCCER/RUGBY
Sporting glory: an elusive dream for migrants
Karim and Yves trekked for years through Africa from Cameroon before arriving in Spain where they now play football and rugby, realising a life-long ambition even if their daily lives are still a struggle. Associations and migrants say roughly a quarter of new arrivals’ main reason for coming is to play professionally. But a large majority are soon brought back down to earth with a bang when faced with the long search for residency papers while eking out a living. Karim Issa Abdou and Yves Kepse Tchonang are arguably among the lucky ones.
TENNIS
Zverev battles past Kyrgios after Isner shocks Cilic
Alexander Zverev capitalised on a fast start against Australian Nick Kyrgios to grind out a 6-4 6-4 victory in a battle between two of the sport’s brightest prospects to advance to the quarter-finals of the Miami Open on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Kyrgios battled back to win three straight games to make it 5-4 but Zverev held his nerve and serve to close out the opener in 34 minutes.
- TimesLive, AFP and Reuters

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