Blasts from the past: Hansie sacked for talking to bookies


Blasts from the past: Hansie sacked for talking to bookies

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Today in sports history: April 11
1970 — Arnold Taylor takes on Johnny Famechon, the reigning WBC featherweight champion at the Ellis Park tennis stadium in Johannesburg. Taylor loses to the Australian on points, but he wouldn’t lose again until after winning the WBA bantamweight title in 1973.
1992 — South Africa are soundly beaten by the West Indies in the second ODI in Port of Spain. The visitors are bowled out for 152 with Jonty Rhodes top-scoring with 45. The West Indies reach the target in the 26th over with Brian Lara not out on 86 and Desmond Haynes not out 59. The 10-wicket win ensures the West Indies clinch the three-match series with a game to spare. 
2000 — Hansie Cronje is sacked as Proteas cricket captain after admitting in a 3am phone call to then United Cricket Board CEO Ali Bacher that he had not been entirely honest in his denials about dealing with bookmakers. Later in the day he attended a press conference with Sports minister Ngconde Balfour and Rhema church minister Ray McCauley, but he didn’t speak. In a prepared statement he admitted to having had discussions with bookmakers, but denied ever throwing a game.
2001 — Tragedy strikes South African soccer as 43 fans die in a crush to get into the Premier Soccer League match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at Ellis Park.

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