SPORTS DAY: All Blacks see the Sonny side of things
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Sonny Bill in for injury-hit All Blacks
Injured All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett has been ruled out of Saturday’s third Test against France in Dunedin, while centre Sonny Bill Williams is in line for his first appearance of the series. Assistant coach Ian Foster said on Tuesday that neither Barrett nor loose forward Vaea Fifita, who also received a head knock in the All Blacks’ 26-11 win in the second Test last weekend, would be considered.
Neymar limps out of training
Neymar hobbled out of a training session on Tuesday, setting alarm bells ringing in the Brazil camp as they prepare for their second World Cup group game against Costa Rica on Friday. “Neymar came out of training today with a painful right ankle,” said Vinicius Rodrigues, a spokesman for the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
Boozy Japan fans go wild after shock win
Bars across Japan erupted with joy on Tuesday as football fans exchanged beery hugs after their team stunned Colombia 2-1 in their World Cup opener in Russia. Many supporters, the majority the worse for wear after a boozy evening glued to the television, celebrated with one for the road, while still managing to keep one eye on the clock to check they could make trains home.
England breaks 2018 TV record
England’s last-gasp win against Tunisia at the World Cup was Britain’s most-watched television programme of 2018, attracting a peak audience of 18.3-million, according to the BBC on Tuesday. Monday evening’s game in Volgograd, which was decided by captain Harry Kane’s injury-time header, had a 69.2% audience share at its peak, beating last month’s royal wedding. About three-million requests were also made to stream it online, making it the highest yet live audience for an online BBC broadcast.Ronaldo seeks encore against Morocco
Cristiano Ronaldo will attempt to follow up his World Cup opening-game heroics for Portugal against a Morocco side licking their wounds after a crushing last-gasp defeat. Despite lifting the trophy at Euro 2016, Portugal are not widely viewed as among the favourites in Russia, but they can take a big step towards the last 16 with victory over Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday.
Pienaar starts coaching course
Steven Pienaar has taken the first steps towards earning his coaching qualifications‚ starting his Uefa A and B licence courses in Ireland this month‚ but is still weighing up whether that is his next career path. The former Bafana Bafana captain said he has had offers to begin working in the youth structures with the club he spent most of his career at‚ English Premier League outfit Everton‚ and will consider those‚ or perhaps television analysis work.
Kiwi women revolt over coach’s tactics
New Zealand Football said on Tuesday it had received complaints from members of the women’s national team, who are reportedly unhappy about the negative tactics used by their coach. After New Zealand, ranked 20th in the world, lost 3-1 to 11th-ranked Japan this month, coach Andreas Heraf said the game plan was to be ultra-defensive because they “could have lost 8-0” with a more positive approach.
TENNISBoris Becker’s diplomatic passport ‘is fake’
The Central African Republic (CAR) said on Tuesday that a diplomatic passport that former tennis star Boris Becker claims entitles him to immunity in bankruptcy proceedings in Britain, “is a fake”. On Friday, lawyers for Germany’s three-time Wimbledon champion lodged a claim in the High Court in Britain saying he had been appointed a sports attache for the CAR to the European Union in April. This, they argued, granted him immunity from bankruptcy proceedings over failure to pay a long-standing debt. But the document’s serial number corresponded to one of a batch of “new passports that were stolen in 2014”, said foreign ministry chief of staff Cherubin Moroubama. The passport – a copy of which has been seen by AFP, and bears the date of March 19 2018 – does not carry the signature or the stamp of the foreign minister, Charles Armel Doubane, Moroubama said.
Red Bull to wing it to Honda
Red Bull will switch from Renault to Honda engines next season, the Formula One team announced on Tuesday. “After careful consideration and evaluation we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the team,” Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner. Red Bull won four drivers’ and constructors’ championships in a row with Sebastian Vettel and Renault between 2010 and 2013, before the current V6 turbo hybrid power units were introduced.
Turkey indicts Kanter’s dad as terror group member
Mehmet Kanter, the father of New York Knicks centre Enes Kanter, has been indicted by a Turkish court on charges he was “a member of a terrorist organisation”, Turkish state media reported. The indictment says the elder Kanter, a former professor, was contacted by 127 people with ties to exiled, US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose religious movement has been designated as a terrorist group.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE