SPORTS DAY: Nike knocked as new ad celebrates protest
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Nike shares fall over Kaepernick worries
Shares of Nike tumbled early on Tuesday on worries the sport goods giant’s new marketing campaign around Colin Kaepernick could harm sales. Dow member Nike fell 2.9% to $79.78 in mid-morning trading, the first session following news that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick would be featured in Nike’s campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” slogan. Kaepernick, who triggered a political firestorm after kneeling during the US national anthem in 2016 to protest racial injustice, has not played in the NFL since early last year. “While it is noble to take a stand on something, it is also commercially imprudent to dash headlong into a very sensitive issue which polarizes opinion,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail.
Boks chase more consistency against Wallabies
SA are working to improve their consistency and execution after an embarrassing loss to Argentina as they prepare for an intense clash against the Wallabies this weekend. The Springboks face Australia in a Rugby Championship match in Brisbane on Saturday, determined to bounce back after being hammered 32-19 by the Argentines in Mendoza. “We felt we played really well in Durban and let ourselves down in Argentina with our execution,” assistant coach Matt Proudfoot said. “So we are looking for the same consistency and to play with the same level of physicality like in Durban. Our execution, whether at breakdown or from set piece, needs to improve across the board,” he added.
Genia says Wallabies must toughen up
Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia says his teammates must toughen up mentally after admitting lapses of concentration cost them dearly against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup Tests. “We defended well off turnover ball in both first halves but then they just took us to pieces in the second half of both games,” Genia told reporters. “It’s just moments of lapses... in concentration that lets us down.”
Khune close to Mokoena recordItumeleng Khune will take a step closer to Siphiwe Tshabalala on the all-time list of Bafana Bafana caps if he features in the African Nations Cup qualifier against Libya in Durban on Saturday. Khune still looks the most likely challenger to Aaron Mokoena’s all-time caps record of 107‚ with the ex-Bafana skipper the only player to reach three figures so far. He will win cap number 88 on Saturday if he plays. Meanwhile, Bidvest Wits centre forward Mxolisi Macuphu has been called up as a replacement for injured Lebogang Mothiba.
Are Chiefs a fading force?
There was a time when Kaizer Chiefs were considered the undisputed kings of cup competitions in SA‚ but SuperSport United are fast taking that mantle after sealing their 10th visit to a knockout decider in the last six years. In the same period of time‚ Orlando Pirates have appeared in eight finals‚ winning only the 2014 Nedbank Cup‚ while Sundowns have been in six‚ including the African Champions League‚ and Chiefs five.
Mourinho accepts one year in prison
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reached a deal with the Spanish tax authorities to serve one year in prison in a tax evasion case, El Mundo newspaper reports. Mourinho is unlikely to serve any time in jail under the deal because Spanish law states that a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation.
Liverpool need whole squad for tough run
Liverpool will need all the playing resources available to them to negotiate a tricky run of domestic and European fixtures after the international break, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has said. Early Premier League leaders Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Chelsea and Manchester City after club football resumes on September 15. Last season’s Champions League finalists also take on Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade in Europe as well as hosting Chelsea in the third round of the League Cup.
Real don’t know opponents yet
European champions Real Madrid will face either Mexican side Guadalajara or the eventual Asian champions in this year’s Club World Cup semifinals following the draw made on Tuesday amid uncertainty over the future of the competition. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has ambitious plans to expand the tournament from 2021 onwards, staging it every four years rather than annually and increasing the number of teams from seven to 24. Only four of this year’s participants were known on Tuesday with the Asian, African and South American club championships all at the quarterfinal stage.
My worst time? Not even close!Maria Sharapova laughed off suggestions that losing in the US Open fourth round represented the toughest period of her life. That, she insists, came when she arrived in the US with her father — but without her mother — and just $700 in their pockets. “What’s challenging is when you’re a teenager and you have a few hundred dollars and you’ve got no sense of the future, you don’t know where you’re going to end up. You just have a dream,” said Sharapova. “I think that’s a lot tougher than being 31 years old and having the opportunity to do whatever I want in my life.”
Millman ‘a little guilty’ after shocking Federer
John Millman’s joy was tinged with guilt after he stunned 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer to reach the US Open quarterfinals. “I felt a little bit guilty today because he didn’t have his best day today, that’s for sure,” said Millman, a 29-year-old ranked 55th in the world. “I’m very aware he didn’t have a great day in the office. Probably to beat him I needed him to have an off day and I needed to have a good day.”
Murray rules himself out of playoff tie
Andy Murray has decided to skip Britain’s Davis Cup playoff tie against Uzbekistan in Glasgow to focus on his rehabilitation following hip surgery.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE