SPORTS DAY: Germany just a little nervous about France
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Germany need a different face against France
Germany must defend with all their players when they host world champions France on Thursday if they are to get some measure of redemption for their World Cup flop and make a fresh start, coach Joachim Loew said. “We want to show a different face, play a good game against the world champions,” Loew said. “Of course it is a chance for us for some redemption. You can feel that the team knows it needs to rectify things.”
Baxter questions tie venue
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has questioned the SA Football Association’s decision to take the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier against Libya‚ a sea-level team‚ to Durban for financial reasons. “I’ve always enjoyed playing in Durban – until Cape Verde‚ I suppose‚” Baxter mused‚ referring to last year’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat against the islanders that effectively cost SA a place at Russia 2018. “But the venue‚ as a sea level venue for sea level people‚ I suppose you would want to take them to altitude. I was told that was impossible.”
Nigeria coach Yusuf banned, fined
The Nigeria Football Federation has banned Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf for 12 months and fined him $5,000 for receiving cash from undercover journalists posing as agents. He was found guilty of accepting $1,000 after he was caught on camera being asked to select two players for the 2018 African Nations Championship.
Boks go for late training
The Springboks have used as much science as possible to be ready for Saturday’s night-time kick off against the Wallabies in Brisbane. Jet lag and travel fatigue are obvious factors that the Boks have to overcome to be at the optimum for the clash. Siya Kolisi and his teammates have been training in high intensity sessions on Monday and Tuesday‚ with the Springbok coaches adjusting the team’s training and activity schedule in order to simulate preparations for the evening kick-off. “The latest we will start a game back home is 7pm and this week kick-off is at 8pm [plus the nine-hour time difference] so we have tried to get closer to that time in all our preparations,” said assistant coach Mzwandile Stick.
England set for Newcastle date
England are set to play their first Test match in Newcastle after confirming their plans for the build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Eddie Jones’ side will face Italy at St James’ Park on September 6 2019.
Trump targets Nike
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday criticised Nike Inc for its new advertising campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who sparked controversy by kneeling in protest during the national anthem. Trump, without offering evidence, said in a post on Twitter that the sportswear company was “getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts”.
I’m sorry, says victorious Nadal
Defending champion Rafael Nadal survived an epic US Open quarterfinal confrontation to defeat battling ninth seed Dominic Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5), and then told his opponent “sorry”. “I suffered, that’s the right word,” said Nadal after the gripping four-hour, 49-minute contest, his longest ever match at the tournament. “I said to Dominic I am sorry. He’s a great guy, a close friend who will have many more opportunities to win the big titles.” Thiem said later with a laugh: “I don’t think he’s really sorry.”
Faf says T20 tournament is important
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis says it is important for Cricket SA to get the Global League T20 tournament off the ground as it could provide a platform for players who may not get an opportunity to feature in other tournaments. “It’s really important for CSA to have the tournament because it’s important for the youth of this country to have a crack‚” Du Plessis said at CSA’s season launch at SuperSport Park in Centurion. The tournament was postponed last year and CSA has had problems in getting the tournament back on track this year.
Australians draw up cultural charter
Australian cricket is drawing up a cultural blueprint in which players will pledge to uphold certain standards in a move away from their win-at-all-costs mentality, according to skipper Tim Paine. The player charter is being developed in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal in March that rocked the game and cost captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner their jobs.
Caster up against top 400m runners
Caster Semenya will have a tough time in the women’s 400m at the IAAF Continental Cup competition in Ostrava‚ Czech Republic‚ on Saturday‚ going up against two faster runners. Semenya won the African showpiece in Nigeria in 49.96sec‚ but it’s well behind world No2 Salwa Eid Naser’s 49.08 and the 49.52 of world No3 Shakima Wimbley.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE