SPORTS DAY: Khoza sticks the knife into lax stadium cops

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SPORTS DAY: Khoza sticks the knife into lax stadium cops

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SOCCER
Police under the spotlight after weekend mayhem
Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairperson Irvin Khoza says poor planning by police is partly to blame for the violence at Moses Mabhida Stadium after a Nedbank Cup semifinal match between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars on Saturday.  Khoza said police are often found wanting ahead of major soccer matches and there are times when they simply do not turn up at crucial meetings during the planning stages of the events. “Understand that the authority lies with the VOC commander (the Sap’s Venue Operations Centre commander)‚” he said. “The VOC commander is the only person who can instruct deployment when an incident of that nature happens. Now that VOC commander obviously if he has not issued an instruction‚ nobody can move there to give intervention.”
PSL charges Chiefs for Moses Mabhida violence
The PSL has charged Kaizer Chiefs for misconduct and bringing the league into disrepute following the violent scenes at Moses Mabhida stadium. Chiefs will appear before the PSL Disciplinary Committee on May 3 at 6pm.CRICKET
Fewer home Tests for SA as World Cup looms
South Africans will have the opportunity to watch the team they support four more times next summer compared to 2017-18. Next season’s slate of 27 home matches starts on September 30 with three one-day internationals and as many T20s against Zimbabwe. Pakistan arrive in December for three Tests‚ five ODIs and three T20s‚ the highlight of an otherwise dowdy summer in terms of South Africa’s opponents. The campaign ends on March 24 in the last of three T20s against Sri Lanka‚ who by then will also have played five ODIs and two Tests. What with the 2019 World Cup on the horizon South Africa will play more ODIs than anything else: 13‚ up from last season’s nine.
Bangladesh player bust for possessing ya ba drug
A Bangladeshi court on Monday sent a female cricketer to two days’ police custody after she was arrested with 14,000 pills of popular drug ya ba, as methamphetamine is widely known in Asia, a senior police officer said. Consumption of ya ba is booming in Bangladesh, with seizures alone jumping more than 2,500% to 29.4 million pills in 2016 compared with 2011. Following a tip-off, police arrested Najrin Khan Mukta, 23, in Chittagong with the ya ba tablets in her backpack as she was leaving for  Dhaka on Sunday.
RUGBY
Blitzboks refocus for SingaporeBlitzboks coach Neil Powell has promised that his side will reset their focus when they run out at the Singapore leg of the HSBC World Seven Series this weekend. The Blitzboks still lead the World Series by three-points over Fiji with three rounds of the season to play. But after missing out on a medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast 10 days ago (which wasn’t a World Series tournament)‚ Powell believes he has identified how and why his side fell short at the four-yearly event. “We have closed the door on the Commonwealth Games and are fully focused on our first game in Singapore against Samoa‚ because it is going to be a tough one‚” Powell said.
Kenyan sevens duo face gang rape charges
Two Kenyan rugby sevens players, Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba, appeared in a Nairobi court on Monday charged with the February gang rape of a female singer. Wanyama, 23, who captained Kenya’s second sevens team to win the Victoria Sevens tournament in Zimbabwe in March, and Olaba, 22, are both suspended from the national squad currently in Singapore for the eighth leg of the IRB World Sevens series on April 28-29. Both players denied the charges. If found guilty they could face up to 15 years in prison. Wanyama and Olaba were released on bail and ordered to appear in court for the next hearing on May 16.
TENNIS
India star Mirza announces pregnancy
Grand Slam-winning Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on Monday announced that she is pregnant, but did not say if this meant the end of her injury-prone career. Mirza and her husband, former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik, posted a picture on their Twitter accounts of a baby vest and a feeding bottle between two T-shirts bearing their names. It was accompanied by the hashtag #BabyMirzaMalik. The three-time Grand Slam doubles winner had said earlier this month that any child she had would bear the Mirza-Malik surname and that Shoaib wanted a daughter.
MARATHON
Chef dies after collapsing at London Marathon
A 29-year-old chef has died after collapsing in the hottest London Marathon on record, organisers said on Monday. Matt Campbell, who featured in the BBC television show Masterchef: The Professionals last year, collapsed on Sunday at the 22.5-mile mark. “Although he received immediate medical treatment on the scene from race doctors, he died later in hospital,” the statement said. Sunday’s 38th London Marathon was the hottest ever recorded at 24.1°C.
HOCKEY
Pakistan hero seeks heart transplant in India
Pakistan’s World Cup winning hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed Monday reached out to India for help in securing a heart transplant — despite years of breaking his rivals’ “hearts on the field”.  The 49-year-old has been suffering for weeks from complications stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted in his heart. Pakistanis are eligible to apply for medical visas to India, renowned for its booming medical tourism industry.
GOLF
Thai sisters celebrate Moriya’s maiden win
Thai golfer Moriya Jutanugarn finally joined her sister Ariya in the winner’s circle, closing with a three-under 68 on Sunday to capture the LA Open. The 23-year-old Moriya’s win by two strokes means that the Bangkok siblings join Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam as the only sisters to win on the USLPGA Tour.  
AFP, Reuters and TimesLIVE

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