SPORTS DAY: Wishing Tendai all the Beast for his 100th cap
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Do it for Beast, urges Bok coach
Forwards coach Matt Proudfoot has called on the Springbok pack to “honour” prop forward Tendai Mtawarira with a dominant performance in Saturday’s second Test against England. Roars of “Beast” from the crowd have been heard in stadiums around the world every time the Zimbabwe-born loosehead has had ball in hand since making his Bok debut in 2008 and he now stands on the brink of 100 caps for his adopted country. He will look to celebrate his century with a series win. The 32-year-old’s affectionate nickname belies a softly spoken front-rower who has built a fan-base inside and out of South Africa, and will reach his milestone if, as expected, he starts against England. Mtawariwa will become the sixth Bok after former lock Victor Matfield (127 caps), winger Bryan Habana (124), hooker John Smit (111), centre Jean de Villiers (109) and fullback Percy Montgomery (102) to reach three figures.
No break for Super Rugby in 2019
The Super Rugby season will kick off earlier next year and run without a break for 21 weeks, organisers said on Tuesday as they retained the current 15-team, three-conference format. Governing body Sanzaar said the competition would start on February 15 — a week earlier than this year — and will run uninterrupted until the final on July 6.
Wilder agrees to fight Joshua in BritainAmerican Deontay Wilder has agreed terms to fight Anthony Joshua in Britain later this year in a bout that would crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since 2000. Briton Joshua (21-0) is the holder of the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles while Wilder (40-0) is the WBC world champion. Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel said they had agreed to the latest terms offered by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the UK. Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the UK,” Finkel said. Wilder, in a message posted on his Twitter account, confirmed he had agreed to fight in Britain but said an offer to Joshua of $50-million to fight in the US was still on the table.
Haye announces retirement
Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has announced his retirement after nearly 16 years as a professional boxer.
English club interested in TauIn-demand Mamelodi Sundowns star Percy Tau has reportedly caught the attention of English Premiership side Brighton & Hove Albion FC. English newspaper The Argus confirmed Albion’s interest in the PSL Footballer of the Season just days after Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane told local media that Tau was a wanted man in England. “Those teams must take us seriously if they need Percy.”
Brazilians not so soccer-mad after all
Brazil’s reputation as a soccer-mad country has been dented by a report which found that only 60% of those interviewed said they were interested in the sport. The United Arab Emirates came top of a table compiled by global information, data and measurement company Nielsen Sports which ranked 30 countries according to the percentage of the population who described themselves as interested in football. The UAE, where the figure was 80%, was followed by Thailand (78%) and Chile, Portugal and Turkey (all 75%), while five-times world champions Brazil ranked a modest 13th.
Salah still a doubt for opener against Uruguay
Egypt forward Mohamed Salah remains in doubt to face Uruguay in their World Cup opener at Yekaterinburg on Friday. The Liverpool player, who sustained a shoulder injury in the Champions League final against Real Madrid last month, took part in light training on Monday but the Egyptian FA’s managing director Ehab Lehita said it was too early to say whether he would play against the South Americans.
‘Fine line between tough test and carnival golf’Phil Mickelson implored officials to ensure that Shinnecock Hills is presented fairly to all players at this week’s US Open as he makes another attempt to complete the career grand slam. Mickelson does not want a repeat of the events that unfolded in 2004 which he believes led to him finishing second to Retief Goosen, one of his six runner-up spots in the championship. “I know it is a fine line between testing the best players to the greatest degree and then making it carnival golf,” Mickelson said. “The USGA (US Golf Association) are doing the best they can to find that line, and a lot of times they do, and sometimes they cross over it.”
Scotland hope win over England boosts Test hopes
Scotland’s shock one-day international win over England has boosted their chances of securing Test-playing status, the country’s cricket board has said. Scotland registered their first victory over their neighbours at Edinburgh on Sunday, bowling England out for 365 after posting their highest score of 371 for five. “I can see us getting there in the next couple of years,” Tony Brian, chairperson of Cricket Scotland, told the BBC.
Bangladesh women cricketers get cash promise
Bangladesh showered its women cricketers with cash rewards on Tuesday for their upset triumph over India in the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament. The women’s team defeated six-times champions India by three wickets in Sunday’s final in Kuala Lumpur to claim their maiden title. The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a 20 million taka ($236,000) cash reward for the team and promised to review salaries.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE