SPORTS DAY: Dolly says hello to a cool R590,000 a month
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Dolly gets good lolly
Keagan Dolly earns €40,000 (R590,000) a month in France. French media have put out a list of all the wage earners at their Ligue 1 clubs and Dolly takes home some €15,000 more than his national team colleague Bongani Zungu‚ who is also competing in the top flight of French football. Dolly’s salary is more than the highest earner in the Premier Soccer League and close to the salaries that coaches Gavin Hunt and Pitso Mosimane command.
Baxter to chat to Singh
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter said he would “have a word” with Luther Singh about the casual manner in which the striker took the decisive penalty in Bafana Bafana’s shootout defeat against Madagascar in their Cosafa Cup quarterfinal. “I’ll speak to Luther about the way he took his penalty. We took penalties in training last night [Saturday] and he scored both of his.”
What it takes to make the World Cup
In a World Cup year, how does a player make it to June fit and fired up? It requires an army of dedicated specialists tracking and carefully engineering each athlete’s mental and physical condition. Trainers rely on high-tech to keep tabs on their athletes. GPS is used to track their every move in training sessions and matches, measuring changes in running or acceleration speed while monitors track their heart rate. Players returning to the home team after training or playing away, complete questionnaires on diet, sleeping patterns, and any aches or pains, “which help us detect problems that are not necessarily visible,” said Stephane Caterina, a French physical trainer specialised in football.
Police recover money stolen at Moscow airport
Former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu had $11,000 stolen from his suitcase at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on his way to playing in a friendly match organised by Fifa. Police said they detained two baggage handlers who were unloading luggage from the London flight and stole the money from checked-in luggage. “The stolen money has been confiscated and will shortly be returned to its owner,” police spokeswoman Irina Volk said.
India match sells out after emotional plea
India’s football international against Kenya on Monday sold out in hours following captain Sunil Chhetri’s emotional plea for fans to support the team after barely 2,500 people turned up to watch them play last week. Chhetri’s heartfelt appeal — backed by India’s cricket heroes Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar — went viral on social media, prompting fans to shell out to fill every seat in the 15,000-capacity Mumbai Football Arena.
Salah included in final Egypt World Cup squad
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was included on Monday in Egypt’s 2018 World Cup squad despite still undergoing treatment for a shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final, the Egyptian Football Association said.
Impey victorious in DauphineSouth African Daryl Impey woke up feeling not too good, but he outsprinted Julian Alaphilippe to win stage one of the Criterium du Dauphine in France on Monday. “It was a tough day all day,” said Impey. “Since I woke up this morning I didn’t feel good ... During the race I told Alex Edmondson to ride for himself instead of looking after me.” Prologue winner Michal Kwiatkowski retained the overall lead.
Anderson knocked out in Paris fightback
Argentinian Diego Schwartzman staged a thrilling comeback from two sets down to stun sixth seed Kevin Anderson and reach the French Open quarterfinals for the first time on Monday. The 11th seed was totally outplayed in the first two sets, but twice broke Anderson when the South African was serving for the match en route to a 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/0), 6-2 victory. World number seven Anderson was looking to become the first South African man to make the last eight since Cliff Drysdale 51 years ago. Meanwhile, Serena Williams announced her withdrawal from the French Open with injury just minutes before her scheduled fourth-round clash against Maria Sharapova.RUGBY
Blitzboks make call-ups for final leg
The Blitzboks go into the final leg of the World Sevens Series with new faces and little hope of retaining their World Sevens Series title after failing to beat Fiji in London at the weekend. The Islanders now have a seven-point lead at the top of the standings and will guarantee their fourth title in five years if they make the semifinals in Paris. Branco du Preez and Cecil Afrika returned home injured and Dewald Human and Mfundo Ndhlovu have flown to France as replacements.
Two injured junior Boks out of champs
The Junior Springboks confirmed on Monday that both star flyhalf Damian Willemse and No 8 Muller du Plessis had been ruled out of the remainder of the Under-20 World Championships in France. Western Province flyhalf David Coetzer and Sharks No 8 Phendulani Buthelezi have been called up as replacements.
Discovery Inc land international PGA rights
Discovery Inc, the owner of Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, will invest more than $2 billion over the next decade to broadcast and stream golf’s PGA Tour outside the US, the company said on Monday.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE