SPORTS DAY: Kolbe likely in as Mapimpi goes home
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Rassie’s job may be on the line
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus admitted on Monday his job may be on the line against the All Blacks this weekend after two straight defeats in the Rugby Championship left his six-month tenure in serious jeopardy. SA head into Saturday’s match on the back of losses to Australia and Argentina, with memories of a 57-0 drubbing the last time they played in New Zealand still raw. Erasmus said a similar result in Wellington this weekend would probably spell the end of his tenure, even though he only took over in March. “Probably just for me to survive it’s fairly important, but that’s beside the point,” he told reporters in Wellington.
Makazole Mapimpi, replaced during the defeat against Australia by Cheslin Kolbe, has withdrawn from the Bok squad because of a knee injury. Erasmus confirmed that the right winger is on his way home and would not be replaced. “He is flying back home ... to get scans and stuff like that‚” Erasmus said. “We are not going to call a replacement because we have a few options in the form of Kolbe‚ Jesse Kriel‚ Willie Le Roux and Damian de Allende.”
Safa set to grant Baxter’s wish
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter is likely to get his wish of using altitude advantage with SA’s next two home African Nations Cup qualifiers set for the FNB Stadium. TimesLIVE understands that the team’s next fixture‚ a home clash with Seychelles‚ is set to be staged at the Soweto venue on October 13. The team’s penultimate qualifier after that is home to Nigeria‚ with that match set for November 17‚ also at FNB Stadium. Baxter had complained about the choice of Durban as the scene of the drawn qualifier against Libya at the weekend.
Goalkeeper on track to own law firm
For Polokwane City goalkeeper Harold Ndlovu‚ his childhood dream is within touching distance after completing an honours degree in Information Science. The 27-year-old Phalaborwa-born star said he has his eye set on owning a law firm in the future and he said he owes his academic progress to football. “Football has changed my life in so many ways and I was able to complete my first degree (Information Science) through my talent‚” said the player, who made his professional debut three years ago. Now I’m still trying to ensure that I get my second degree (LLB)‚ and I am going to make it happen.”
Hiddink appointed coach of Chinese Olympic team
Guus Hiddink has been tasked with ensuring China qualify for the finals of the 2020 Olympic Games football tournament after the former Real Madrid and Netherlands coach was handed the reins of the country’s under 21 team on Monday.
Del Potro backs Djokovic to break Federer’s record
Juan Martin del Potro believes new US Open champion Novak Djokovic can end his career as the most successful grand slam title winner, surpassing Roger Federer’s current mark of 20. “He has 14 already. He won two grand slams in one year. He’s healthy. He has a great team working with him. “Hopefully him, Rafa, Roger will still fight for grand slams, because it is so nice to watch them fighting for the history. We just do what we can against them.”
Fenati gets dropped
Moto2 rider Romano Fenati has been sacked by his Marinelli Snipers Team on Monday for grabbing Italian rival Stefano Manzi’s brake during the San Marino motorcycling Grand Prix. Fenati was disqualified on the spot and barred from the next two races. The boss of Italian bike maker MV Agusta, Giovanni Castiglioni, vowed to rip up the contract with the rider who is set to join his Forward Racing outfit at the end of the season.
Cook joins select century club
Alastair Cook became just the fifth player and first Englishman to score a hundred in both their first and last Tests when he reached three figures against India at the Oval on Monday. The others are Australians Reggie Duff, Bill Ponsford and Greg Chappell and India’s Mohammad Azharuddin.
Teenager makes history with quadruple Lutz
Russian figure skater Aleksandra Trusova, this year’s world junior champion, made history at the weekend by executing a quadruple Lutz jump for the first time in women’s skating. The jump named after Austrian skater Alois Lutz, who first performed it in 1913, is one of the most difficult elements in figure skating and was previously performed at official events by men only.
Transgender player withdraws from women’s draft
Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey has withdrawn her nomination from the draft for the Australian Football League’s professional women’s competition and accused the league of blocking her from playing in the top flight. Mouncey, formerly known as Callum and a member of the Australian men’s handball team in 2016, said the toll of trying to meet the AFL’s standards had proved “too great”. The AFL’s gender diversity policy demands that players can prove that their testosterone levels have been maintained below a threshold for at least two years, and then submit further data. She said her had met the required thresholds.
One-handed player gets first taste of NFL
The heartwarming story of Shaquem Griffin, who had his left hand amputated as a child, received another boost as the Seattle Seahawk linebacker made his NFL debut on Sunday with his twin brother Shaquill at his side. It was a family affair as they made key tackles together and prior to the start of the game they were greeted by their mother who gave them a loving hug. But the Denver Broncos won the contest 27-24.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE