SPORTS DAY: Is Shabba too chicken to fly high in Turkey?
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Shabba is already a big name in Turkey
Muhsin Ertugral says Siphiwe Tshabalala is a “big name” in Turkey and has backed the former Kaizer Chiefs star to shine at new club BB Erzurumspor‚ though he also cautioned the environment will take some adjustment. “He has a big name in Turkey‚ we have often spoken about him and people know him very well‚” the Ajax Cape Town coach said. “We wanted him when I was in Sivasspor in 2009 and we really put a lot of money on the table.”
Gabuza’s bizarre antics uncalled for, says Masinga
Former Bafana Bafana striker Phil “Chippa” Masinga has said Orlando Pirates striker Thamsanqa Gabuza’s response to the boo boys at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night was “uncalled for”. Pirates’ marksman tossed his jersey at supporters in the stands and stormed off the field in the 34th minute. “The lack of confidence that Gabuza has was partly caused by those who were booing him. But Gabuza’s reaction to all of this was uncalled for. He was not supposed to do that‚ provoking fans. What if they also reacted in other ways?”Baxter confirms Chiefs approached him
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has confirmed that he did receive contact from Kaizer Chiefs with a view returning to Naturena as head Amakhosi’s coach. He said negotiations were not as “drawn out” as it was made to look in the media.
Ronaldo wins UEFA goal of season
Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead bicycle kick for Real Madrid against current club Juventus in Turin has been voted UEFA’s goal of the season. The former Real Madrid striker beat competition from 11 nominees for the award.
Amateurs vow no easy ride for Bolt
Usain Bolt’s Central Coast Mariners debut will pit him against a grab bag of office workers, students and factory hands in an amateur side that have no intention of giving the Olympic sprint champion an easy ride, their captain Matt Page has said. The preseason match will be televised live by a local broadcaster and could draw over 12,000 paying fans to the Mariners’ home stadium.
Loew makes few changes to squad
Germany coach Joachim Loew admitted making several mistakes that contributed to their World Cup debacle but opted for only a handful of changes to the squad for next month’s internationals, saying a balance of experience and youth was necessary. He also denied there was racism in the squad.
Weary Kyrgios puts heat on officialsFiery Nick Kyrgios has put the heat on US Open officials to come up with an extreme conditions rule instead of making one up on the fly. With temperatures soaring above 32C amid crushing humidity, the US Tennis Association said a 10-minute heat break granted to women players before a third set would be extended to the men. “The heat can become dangerous at times and I don’t think we had a heat rule and we made one up today, right,” the 30th seed said after beating Radu Albot 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-2 in his opener. “It’s not healthy to be out there getting dizzy and stuff.”
Thai boxer surpasses Mayweather record
Wanheng Menayothin, the Thai boxer known as the “ dwarf giant”, grabbed his 51st straight victory on Wednesday in a long but lopsided bout against a fighter from the Philippines, defending his WBC title and surpassing the undefeated record of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Chand says she’s fearful over future
India’s Dutee Chand scooped her second silver of the Asian Games on Wednesday, four years after she was dropped from the team due to her high testosterone levels – but said she lives in fear she could be made to “suffer” again. Chand has hyperandrogenism, the condition that also affects SA star Caster Semenya. The Indian athlete won a court battle for her right to compete with her hormonal imbalance, and has achieved silvers in Jakarta in both the 100m and 200m. “God has given me a lot of trouble since 2014. I suffered a lot. Nobody could have suffered so much,” said Chand, adding later: “Nobody could guarantee what will happen in the future. Caster Semenya is still fighting.”
Iraq’s ‘special athletes’ go for gold
With two gold medals to her name already, Iraqi badminton player Heba Asghar is more determined than ever as she prepares for next year’s Special Olympics for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Asghar’s mother, Souad, said that sport had marked a turning point for her 23-year-old daughter, who has Down Syndrome. “She was never stable, she was aggressive with family members,” she said. Then at the age of 10, Asghar started playing table tennis, winning a silver medal at the Special Olympics in Japan, before finding her niche in badminton. “She worked hard and thanks to that, she overcame her disability, she became a champion.” Her 2015 gold medal victory at the Los Angeles summer Special Olympics earned her a monthly $600 grant from the Iraqi government.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE