SPORTS DAY: Sterling falls in value but Rashford’s on the up
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Rashford should replace Sterling: Carragher
Former England defender Jamie Carragher believes Marcus Rashford should replace fellow forward Raheem Sterling for the World Cup fixture against Panama on Sunday, explaining that the Manchester United player is better suited to the side’s system. Carragher noted that Rashford’s positive contribution after he replaced Sterling in the 68th minute gave England the impetus to break down a stubborn Tunisia rearguard and said the 20-year-old’s performance warranted a starting spot.
Celtic hire Steve KomphelaBloemfontein Celtic owner Max Tshabalala says the club have hired Steve Komphela because they wanted a “reputable local coach with immense pedigree”. Celtic secured Komphela on a two-year contract with an option for an extra season‚ with the aim of getting the cash-strapped side back into the top eight. “Our strategy was to get a reputable local coach with immense pedigree who can take us to greater heights and in Steve we found an appropriate candidate‚” Tshabalala said.
Mexico’s win didn’t make the earth move
After Mexico scored a goal to defeat defending champions Germany in their opening World Cup match on Sunday, a tweet suggesting that celebrating fans had triggered an “artificial earthquake” in Mexico City went viral. But according to experts, no such earthquake occurred. Xyoli Ramirez Campos of the Geophysics Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico said that although movements by large groups of people can create vibrations that are picked up by seismographs, they would not resemble the spike caused by an earthquake. “That is reflected as vibrations on the graph, not an earthquake.”
Mueller says pressure ‘terrifically high’Germany star Thomas Mueller says the reigning world champions are feeling the pressure as they prepare for this weekend’s game against Sweden at risk of an unthinkably premature exit. “We have made ourselves vulnerable. We are self-critical enough to analyse the situation, but now we must look forwards together,” Mueller said. “We have two important tasks in front of us. The pressure is terrifically high, but we won’t win both games if we beat ourselves up internally and look for the mistakes in each other.”
England should mount home nations bid: Blatter
England deserve to host the World Cup finals in 2030 and should mount a joint bid with the other home nations — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — as well as Ireland, banned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday. “I think that England, or the islands, they deserve to organise the World Cup,” said Blatter, in Russia as a guest of President Vladimir Putin.
Asylum seekers enter Finland using World Cup IDs
Five people have entered Finland illegally with the help of soccer World Cup fan identity documents and subsequently applied for asylum, the Finnish border guard told Reuters on Wednesday. The asylum seekers, of Nigerian, Moroccan and Chinese nationality, crossed the border into Finland from World Cup host Russia, which has provided match ticket holders with visa-free entry, the border guard said.
Thuli says Willemse probe was doomed to fail
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela says the approach that SuperSport chose to deal with the Ashwin Willemse saga matter was destined to fail. The pay channel announced on Tuesday that Nick Mallett and Naas Botha had been cleared of racism by an independent inquiry. In a social media post on Wednesday morning‚ Madonsela said: “I said from the outset that the approach chosen by @SuperSportTV was destined to fail as a law and rights approach was never the issue while affirming and managing diversity was.” She added that searching for a party guilty of racism was the wrong starting point. Willemse confirmed through his legal representatives that he would approach the Equality Court.
Whiteley, Marx return for Golden LionsWarren Whiteley and Malcolm Marx‚ having both recovered from their injuries, are available for selection for the Golden Lions’ SuperSport Challenge clash against the Blue Bulls at Loftus this weekend.
Faroe Islands’ quest for Olympic recognition
The sports-crazed Faroe Islands have been campaigning for 40 years to compete in the Olympic Games separately from Denmark. Denmark supports their effort, but the obstacle is the International Olympic Committee’s charter, requiring a member to be “an independent state recognised by the international community”.
‘Thinking man’s golfer’ dies aged 88Australian golfing great Peter Thomson, who won the British Open five times, died on Wednesday aged 88 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, his family said. The World Golf Hall of Fame called him “the thinking man’s golfer“. “His clean, brisk game was based on cold logic and a gift for reducing things to their simplest essentials,” it said.
Now England eye magical 500
England one-day captain Eoin Morgan said “the sky’s the limit” for his record-breaking side, with a total of 500 firmly in their sights after scoring a new ODI record of 481 in their rout of Australia. “I think (we’re) definitely very close (to 500),” said Morgan. “In the position we found ourselves today, with six overs to go, we’d have never imagined — certainly after that game against Pakistan — that we’d come close, pass, maybe stare down the barrel of scoring 500. The sky’s the limit with these guys.”
Six-year ban for match-fixing
Argentine tennis player Nicolas Kicker has been suspended for six years and fined $25,000 by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) after being found guilty of match-fixing and other offences. The 25-year-old, who reached a career-high ranking of 78 in June 2017, was found guilty of attempting to fix two ATP Challenger matches in Italy and Colombia in 2015. He also failed to co-operate with the TIU’s investigation.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE