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Caster might need pills to cut down on testosterone
Caster Semenya will need to reduce her natural testosterone levels by use of daily hormonal contraceptives if her future times on the track are to be valid for record purposes — or if she intends on defending her Olympic and World titles over 800m‚ according to proposed new rules. The IAAF‚ the governing body of world athletics‚ is piloting new eligibility regulations for a separate female classification to be known as an Athlete with Differences of Sexual Development (or DSDs)‚ which will directly affect Semenya. South African sports scientist Ross Tucker suspects a legal challenge may be mounted.
Luvo aims for unbeaten season record
World and Commonwealth long jump champion and Olympic silver medalist Luvo Manyonga has again set himself the ambitious target of going the entire outdoor season unbeaten. Also high on this agenda in this campaign‚ which includes the Diamond League series starting next Friday in Doha‚ is to improve the outdoor personal best of 8.65m he achieved in Potchefstroom last year.
Liverpool fan fighting for his life after Roma assault
A Liverpool fan suffered a serious head injury in a “vile” assault by Roma fans before the club’s Champions League semifinal first-leg clash with the Italian club on Tuesday. Sean Cox, 53, is being treated for his injuries at a neurological centre, where his condition is described as critical, Merseyside Police said. Two men — aged 25 and 26 — have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking Cox, who had travelled from Ireland along with his brother for the match.
Roma will believe in repeat miracle, says WijnaldumLiverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum fears Roma’s two late goals in their 5-2 Champions League semifinal first-leg defeat will give the Italian side confidence they can repeat their miracle comeback against Barcelona. Jurgen Klopp’s team, inspired by their Egyptian goalscoring star Mohammed Salah, stormed into a 5-0 lead on Tuesday but Roma grabbed two away goals late on. Wijnaldum said he is aware of how Roma produced one of the biggest shocks in recent years by overhauling Barcelona’s 4-1 first-leg lead in the quarter-finals, winning 3-0 to progress on away goals.
Jordaan’s backers claim verneukery in Safa race
The Football Transformation Forum (FTF) is asking why proposed potential election opponents of SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan continually use FNB Stadium as a press conference venue. The FTF backed Jordaan to be president of Safa. FTF secretary-general Mzwandile Maforvane questioned the link between the company that runs FNB‚ Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) and proposed Safa presidential candidates Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana and Andile “Ace” Ncobo. SMSA CEO Jacques Grobbelaar and Ncobo‚ though‚ labeled the FTF’s suggestion that the company might support the removal of Jordaan as Safa president “absurd” and “paranoid”.
Mabedi says Chiefs have moved on from Mabhida
Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach Patrick Mabedi says the team have moved on from the drama at Moses Mabhida Stadium last weekend. The Malawian was speaking after his side lost 3-1 to Golden Arrows in a league clash at Princess Magogo Stadium on Tuesday night. This followed Chiefs’s 2-0 defeat to Free State Stars in their Nedbank Cup semifinal clash that saw fans rioting after the match‚ which resulted in several people being injured and almost R3-million damage to property. Head coach Steve Komphela resigned with immediate effect.BOXING
Tete agrees it was worst boxing match of the decade
Some have described it as the worst boxing match of the decade and a huge disservice to the sports. Others used stronger language and were far more scathing in their post-mortem examinations of the World Boxing Organisation bantamweight title fight between holder Zolani ‘‘Last Born” Tete and Omar Andres Narvaez at the SSE Arena in Belfast‚ Northern Ireland‚ on Saturday night. Tete agreed with the strong criticism and said while he was not to blame for the pedestrian snooze fest‚ it was not the kind of title defence he would one day view with pride.
Djokovic slips to surprise defeat at Barcelona OpenNovak Djokovic suffered a surprise defeat in his latest comeback from injury after the Serb was beaten by Martin Klizan in his first match at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday. Djokovic had been on course to meet Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals in Spain but a disjointed display gave Klizan, ranked 140th in the world, a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory. Djokovic will now have to reset, with the French Open next month fast approaching. After losing in the Australian Open fourth round in January, Djokovic underwent surgery to correct an injury to his right elbow, which had been troubling him for almost two years.
Rassie commits to transformation targets
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus is committed to meeting set targets for racial transformation of the national team by meeting the 45% black player representation threshold this season. Erasmus said there are no excuses not to meet the target even if Super Rugby franchises seldom have more than 30% black player representation.
India’s Gambhir quits as Delhi skipper in IPL
Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday stepped down as captain of Indian Premier League side Delhi Daredevils after they lost five of their first six matches in this year’s Twenty20 tournament. Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer has been appointed the new captain of a side that lies bottom of the eight-team table in the cash-rich league. Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, was bought by Daredevils for $418,320 in the January auction and subsequently made skipper ahead of the 2018 season. But the left-handed opener failed to inspire the Daredevils in the first half of the IPL. He has scored just 85 runs in five innings.
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