SPORTS DAY: It’s funking hard being a mom and a star

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SPORTS DAY: It’s funking hard being a mom and a star

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TENNIS
Serena says she’s in a funk
Serena Williams says she is suffering from “postpartum emotions” as the 23-time Grand Slam winner struggles to deal with juggling family life and tennis. “I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to three years if not dealt with,” Williams said. Her disclosure comes a week after she suffered the worst loss of her career, losing the final 12 games in a shocking 6-1, 6-0 first-round upset to unseeded Johanna Konta. She described her mindset at the time as being in a “funk”.
Ellison excited over revamped Davis Cup 
US billionaire Larry Ellison has thrown his weight behind the International Tennis Federation’s planned revamp of the Davis Cup and says Indian Wells could stage the event. The federation announced this year that it had sealed a 25-year $3bn partnership with investment group Kosmos to transform the 118-year-old Davis Cup men’s team event into an 18-team, one-week season finale that is due to start in November 2019.
SOCCER
Tough task for Benni’s troopsCape Town City are not going to get too many goal scoring chances when they take on Baroka FC away in Polokwane on Wednesday night‚ says coach Benni McCarthy. McCarthy describes Baroka as their bogey team, but he is also confident that they can change their luck and come away with the spoils from the match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. City lost twice to Baroka last season.
SABC woes to hit Safa
The SA Football Association (Safa) expects to incur losses of around R20m in the financial year ended June 30 and the unimpressed organisation has blamed the cash-strapped SABC. Between 60% and 70% of Safa’s revenue is generated from their partnership with the SABC, which is supposed to pay about R10m a month for the right to broadcast Bafana Bafana‚ Banyana Banyana and other national teams and other competitions. But according to Safa‚ the broke public broadcaster owes them over R50m from the previous agreement.
MTN8 fate to be known on Wednesday
AmaZulu’s attempt to stop the start of the MTN8 competition will continue on Wednesday afternoon after Judge Denise Fischer reserved judgment at the South Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.
Kroenke wins $2.3bn battle for Arsenal
US billionaire Stan Kroenke has struck a deal to take full control of Arsenal by buying out Russian rival Alisher Usmanov, valuing the English Premier League club at around $2.3bn but enraging some fans. Fans worry that Kroenke, relying on a loan for the bulk of the funding, will not spend enough to compete for players with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City or Paris St Germain.
CAF bans Ghanaian referees after graft bust
Seven referees and linesmen from Ghana have been handed lengthy bans as the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday announced a new round of sanctions for match officials caught up in a bribery sting. Referee David Laryea was banned for life and six other officials received 10-year suspensions.
RUGBY
Bath sign Van RooyenBath have signed Lions prop Jacques van Rooyen, the Premiership club have announced. The 31-year-old made more than 60 appearances for the Lions since starting his career in 2014.
Hooper says he’ll be fit for Bledisloe opener
Australia captain Michael Hooper is confident he will be fit for next week’s Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener against the All Blacks after a long spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Hooper, who completed his first full day of training with the Wallabies at their camp, was hurt against Ireland during the June Tests.
Six uncapped Argentines called up
New Argentina coach Mario Ledesma has named six uncapped players in his first squad ahead of the four-nation Rugby Championship that begins on August 18. The newcomers, all forwards, were included in a 36-man squad by Ledesma, who took over from Daniel Hourcade last week.
CRICKET
‘Abuse, ball-tampering threaten cricket’s DNA’
Ball-tampering, verbal abuse and on-field confrontations are threatening the spirit of cricket and recent poor behaviour by players has to stop, International Cricket Council boss David Richardson has said. “The phrase ‘it’s just not cricket’ is not an accident, it’s because cricket’s DNA is based on integrity and people know that cricket represents something more than a game,” Richardson said. “We have seen too much behaviour of late that puts that in jeopardy and it has to stop.”
OLYMPICS
Tokyo chief asks Abe to consider daylight savings
Tokyo 2020 Olympics President Yoshiro Mori said on Tuesday he  had met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call on him to consider implementing daylight savings time amid concerns about athlete safety during the Games. At least 120 people died during the scorching heat this summer, and with the 2020 Games to be held in late July and early August, Japan’s hottest, most humid months, the government is reportedly considering adopting daylight saving time so that events could be staged in cooler hours.
MOTOR SPORT
Mercedes sign virtual champ for e-sports team
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 team launched an e-sports programme on Tuesday with another British world champion, Brendon Leigh, lined up to compete for them in the virtual world. Leigh, a former kitchen worker who won the inaugural F1 e-sports championship last year at the age of 18, will be one of four gamers racing for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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