SPORTS DAY: Will Marx be able to budge Mbonambi?

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SPORTS DAY: Will Marx be able to budge Mbonambi?

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RUGBY
Who will start at hooker for Boks?
If a World XV were picked this week, Lions and Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx would probably be the only South African in the starting lineup. But even so he’s not guaranteed a start for the Springboks against Argentina in Durban this weekend. Marx‚ 24‚ missed the June series against England through injury and in his absence Bongi Mbonambi delivered two magnificent performances.
Folau says Wallabies can soar against All Blacks 
Australia are beginning to reach their true potential, said star fullback Israel Folau, vowing to unleash his aerial prowess against the world champion All Blacks. “Last year we really built a good foundation within our team, we came so close in the second game and managed to get the win in the third one,” he said. “It was just a taste of the potential the team can fulfil.” 
‘Insufficient evidence of racial slur’
Golden Lions president Kevin de Klerk says in the absence of sufficient evidence that a racial slur occurred‚ a Roodepoort Rugby Club player could not be found guilty of such offence. De Klerk on Tuesday responded to questions relating to the non-guilty verdict in the case involving Roodepoort and Wanderers in which the latter accused a player of the former of using the K-word. The independent disciplinary committee  instituted by the Golden Lions Rugby Union found Roodepoort Rugby Club not guilty of racism in an Under-21 rugby match that took place in late April.
Welsh rugby already feels at home in Japan
The Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup may still be 13 months away but the Wales Rugby Union are already building bridges that they hope will pay dividends come tournament time. The Welsh team will be based in the city of Kitakyushu on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu during the tournament and have already begun an outreach and coaching programme for locals. “Our legacy is starting now,” former captain Ryan Jones said.
SOCCER
Growing global demand for Chiefs jerseysKaizer Chiefs are receiving increased international interest for sales of their jersey after it was voted UK football magazine FourFourTwo’s best in the world for the 2018-19 season. Chiefs’ traditional gold home and new purple away jerseys beat Boca Juniors‚ Aston Villa‚ Fulham and Sampdoria in the top five of FourFourTwo’s ranking of this season’s top 20 football shirts.
TV riches make paying fans less crucial
Premier League clubs receive so much money from television half of them could still turn a profit even if the stadiums were empty, according to the BBC. Using statistics compiled from the 2016/17 season, during which clubs benefited from a record £8.3bn global TV revenue, income from match days contributed less than a fifth of every £1 earned by 18 Premier League sides. The number of clubs that would have recorded pretax profits even if match day income was taken away rose from two in 2015/16 to 10 in 2016/17.
Facebook to broadcast La Liga games
Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale and a host of La Liga stars will be beamed for free to viewers in the Indian subcontinent as part of a deal with Facebook to broadcast live matches. All 380 football matches of the new 2018-2019 La Liga season, which begins on Friday, will be available to watch on the social media network in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Benni wants more protection from officials
More protection for players from crunching tackles is what the PSL needs from its referees‚ says Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy after a frustrating physical battle at the weekend at Maritzburg United when two players went off with serious injuries. “I had to manage myself. It was just the frustration of the referees waiting for someone to get seriously injured before they do something‚ you know.”
ATHLETICS
Twenty SA athletes in African teamCaster Semenya and Akani Simbine are among 20 South Africans picked for the 74-strong African team to compete at the Continental Cup in Ostrava‚ Czech Republic‚ on September 8 and 9. Semenya is down to compete in the 400m‚ 800m and the 4x400m relay.
CRICKET
Stokes called up after being acquitted
Ben Stokes is in line to play in the third Test against India after being recalled to the squad following his acquittal on a charge of affray on Tuesday. The 27-year-old New Zealand-born allrounder, who took six wickets in the first Test victory over India but missed the second Test due to the trial, was found not guilty by a unanimous decision by the jury.
OLYMPICS
Australia enlists soldiers in drive for gold
Soldiers have been enlisted to help Australian athletes perform better under pressure in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as part of a drive to win more medals. After their smallest haul in 24 years of 29 medals in Rio, members of the military will mentor elite athletes from November, improving  cognitive and physical capabilities.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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