SPORTS DAY: Steyn alive after yet another injury scare
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Steyn out for only two weeks
These days Dale Steyn being ruled out for two weeks amounts to good news. That was the fast bowler’s fate after he suffered a groin injury playing for Hampshire against Nottinghamshire in Southampton on Monday. SA team management said on Wednesday that Steyn would be out for “an estimated 10- to 14-day recovery period starting from when the injury occurred”.
India wrap up third Test
India wrapped up victory in the third Test against England on Wednesday, picking up the final wicket needed to secure a 203-run victory at Trent Bridge. The victory narrows England’s lead in the five-test series to 2-1 ahead of next Thursday’s fourth Test at Southampton.
Ronaldo says decision easy to join JuventusCristiano Ronaldo said it had been an easy decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus as he bids to become just the second player to win the Champions League with three different clubs. “I want to win the Champions League with Juventus and we will do everything to win it,” said the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar, who has lifted a record five Champions Leagues titles – four with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United. Only Dutch great Clarence Seedorf has won the top European trophy with three different clubs.
SABC football deal involves money
The SABC has confirmed that there was money involved in their “free to air” broadcast rights agreement to show live matches of the English Premier League on Saturdays‚ spokesperson Neo Momodu said on Wednesday. The cash-strapped public broadcaster has sub-licensed the broadcast rights from Kwese Sports. “Yes there will be money that will come from the SABC to Kwese for the broadcast rights but I can assure you that it is cost effective and minimal compared to its investment into other local sporting codes‚” Momodu told TimesLIVE.
Henry to become Bordeaux coach
Former France forward Thierry Henry has agreed to become coach of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, broadcaster RMC Sport reported on Wednesday, citing sources close to the Ligue 1 club. He replaces former Uruguay international Gus Poyet.
Chiefs sign ManyamaKaizer Chiefs have confirmed the signing of former Premier Soccer League Footballer of the Season of the season Lebogang Manyama. Manyama parted ways with Turkish side Konyaspor a few weeks ago and had been on the wanted list of several clubs local clubs.
Boks get straight into action
The Springboks wasted little time in talking up the Pumas on their arrival in Argentina for the Rugby Championship clash in Mendoza on Saturday. Assistant coach Mzwandile Stick and No 8 Warren Whiteley warned of a Pumas backlash following their 34-21 loss in Durban to the Boks while Stick also highlighted the Pumas’ ruck strength. “We know how much heart and pride they play with at home‚” said Stick soon after the team arrived in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.
Cheika says Wallabies on course
Australia coach Michael Cheika has acknowledged fans have a right to be angry after yet another Bledisloe Cup disappointment, but insisted he is still the right man to lead the Wallabies. Australia are on the verge of handing the All Blacks a 16th straight Bledisloe series victory after a second-half capitulation saw them lose 38-13 in the opening fixture in Sydney last weekend. “I’ll tell you now, there’s no one hurting more than me than when I walk down the tunnel and I see my two kids there crying,” he said.
KG gets the moneyWheelchair tennis star Kgothatso Montjane was moved to tears at a function on Wednesday to announce that more than 10 sponsors had contributed nearly R1.5m to her cause. She admitted there had been times she had considered giving up as she struggled without assistance. “There were so many times I wanted to quit‚” said the 32-year-old world No 6 who on Friday will head to the US Open accompanied by her coach Gerald Stoffberg.
Paragliders land in hospital
Two paragliders crash-landed and were helicoptered to hospital Wednesday as the high-risk sport made its Asian Games debut in the highlands of west Java. Afghanistan’s Lida Hozoori fell from a height of 15m after stalling in mid-air when the wind suddenly dropped, and Wang Jianwei of China went down after his parachute became folded 20m from the finishing area.
Relief for swimmer as family found in killer floods
Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash has been to hell and back at the Asian Games, competing in Jakarta while family members went missing in severe flooding in his home country. The 24-year-old reached last weekend’s 200m butterfly final despite the knowledge that five relatives had not been found and his family home in Kerala had been destroyed by floodwater. Prakash finished outside the medals in fifth, but his prayers were answered after an uncle called to inform him his family members had survived the devastating floods that have killed more than 350 people.
India hand out record hockey rout
India’s men’s hockey team romped to their biggest ever tournament win at the Asian Games on Wednesday with a 26-0 thrashing of hapless Hong Kong, who didn’t have a single shot on target. India scored nearly a goal every two minutes as they broke an 86-year-old record, surpassing their 24-1 victory over the US at the 1932 Olympics.
Ravens ace suspended for domestic violence
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith will be suspended for the first four games of the season, the National Football League said Tuesday after an allegation of domestic violence. Smith was suspended for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after an investigation into allegations made by the mother of his first child.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE