SPORTS DAY: Colombia chop out Africa’s last line of hope

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SPORTS DAY: Colombia chop out Africa’s last line of hope

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SOCCER
Africa’s last hope eliminated from World Cup
Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 to top World Cup Group H on Thursday as Japan also qualified for the last 16 despite being beaten by a single goal by Poland. The South American side finished with six points and Japan ended on four points, edging out Senegal on the fair play criteria.
Sundowns paid R13m for Venezuelan striker: reportMamelodi Sundowns have confirmed the signing of Venezuelan striker Jose Ali Meza‚ their latest South American addition to the squad to go with Uruguayan forward Gaston Sirino and Brazilian centre-back Ricardo Nascimento. Meza‚ who if reports in Bolivia where he previously played for Oriente Petrolero are to be believed‚ cost Sundowns in the region of R13-million.
Germany exit won’t end World Cup bonanza
German sporting goods maker Adidas said it expects to sell around eight million football shirts this year even after former champions Germany’s shock exit from the World Cup. Bavaria-based Adidas sponsors some 12 teams taking part in this year’s Russia World Cup, and eight of them had qualified for the knockout stage at the time of writing: Russia, Sweden, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia and Japan.
Chiefs to face Sundowns in season-openerMamelodi Sundowns will begin the defence of their Absa Premiership title at home against Kaizer Chiefs, according to a draft Premier Soccer League fixture list of the coming season. Such drafts, provided to the 16 clubs for their comments‚ are usually altered only slightly. Sundowns and arch foes Chiefs could meet at Loftus Versfeld on August 4 — meaning Khama Billiat’s debut for Chiefs will be against his old team — while last season’s runners-up Orlando Pirates get a much easier start at home to Highlands Park.
Rooney leaves Everton to join DC United
Former England international striker Wayne Rooney has left Everton to join Major League Soccer (MLS) side DC United, the Premier League club said on Thursday. “Rooney will complete the formalities of his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10,” the English club said on their website.
RUGBY
No love lost between Bok comrades
S’busiso Nkosi and Aphiwe Dyantyi were national team brothers in arms with solid performances against England in the last three weeks. With Super Rugby hostilities resuming this weekend‚ Sharks player Nkosi and Lions player Dyantyi will be on opposite sides at King’s Park on Saturday. “I feel nothing and this is business,” said Nkosi. “I get on the field and this is my franchise against yours. We’ll have to put friendship aside and we’ll have a good laugh after the game.” Playing for the Lions are Warren Whiteley and Malcolm Marx.
Bulls coach has much to ponder for SunwolvesBulls coach John Mitchell will pin his hopes on the experience of some of his Springboks players when they take on the Sunwolves in a Super Rugby encounter at the Singapore National Stadium on Saturday. Players who are going to be important are flyhalf Handre Pollard‚ who will captain the side in the absence of injured Burger Odendaal‚ and lock RG Snyman‚ who was one of the best players for the Boks in the recent series win over England.
CYCLING
Olympic champion Vogel stable after operation 
Germany’s Olympic and world sprint cycling champion Kristina Vogel is stable but continues to remain in intensive care following a serious crash in training, the country’s cycling federation has said. Vogel suffered serious spinal injuries after colliding with another cyclist while training at the Cottbus Sport Centre Velodrome on Tuesday.
MOUNTAINEERING
‘Unnecessary rescues’ soar on insurance profits 
Tourists hiking in Nepal’s Himalayan mountains are being pressured into costly helicopter evacuations at the first sight of trouble by guides linked to powerful brokers who are making a fortune on “unnecessary rescues”, industry insiders say. Dodgy operators are scamming tens of thousands of dollars from insurance companies by making multiple claims for a single chopper ride or pushing trekkers to accept airlifts for minor illnesses, an investigation by AFP has revealed. Trekking outfits stand to make more in kickbacks from evacuating a hiker by helicopter than the cost of the trek itself, contributing to an alarming rise in rescues from Nepal’s biggest tourist attraction: the fabled Himalayas.
CYCLING
Froome determined to defend Tour title 
Four-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome says he “has every right” to defend his title next month as he awaits a decision over an adverse doping test. The Team Sky rider tested positive for excessive levels of asthma drug Salbutamol following a urine sample at last September’s Vuelta a Espana but is confident of being cleared.
ASIAN GAMES
Koreas to field joint teams in three sports
North and South Korea will field joint teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball — at the Asian Games, organisers said on Thursday.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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