SPORTS DAY: Backline rejig likely for Boks on Saturday

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SPORTS DAY: Backline rejig likely for Boks on Saturday

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RUGBY
Kriel to move to wing?
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus is considering moving Jesse Kriel from outside centre to right wing against the All Blacks on Saturday in a change that has been necessitated by the unavailability of injured Makazole Mapimpi. This means  Lukhanyo Am is likely to move to No 13.
SOCCER
Tovey blames PSL for Bafana’s failure to score
Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey has blamed Absa premiership teams for the national team’s continuing  failure to find the back of the net. “It’s not about Baxter to just click his fingers and to suddenly come up with a recipe for striker to score goals,” said the SA Football Association’s technical director. “The current situation is a microcosm of our players that are playing in the PSL at the moment unfortunately.” He said teams weren’t putting enough players into the box. “When you look at the top teams in the world they put more than four or five players into the box and two or three outside the box. It’s funny then how the ball starts dropping into those players and they start scoring goals. That’s the major problem (with our football).”
Chiefs can play Dax
Kaizer Chiefs have been given permission to register Madagascar attacking midfielder Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana with immediate effect. Fifa has ruled that the player does not have a contract with Malagasy side Fosa Juniors. The player’s transfer was delayed by a contractual standoff with  Fosa Juniors‚ who reportedly demanded a transfer fee.
World Cup hero gets fined, banned for drink-driving 
France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris has been banned from driving for 20 months and fined after pleading guilty to a charge of drink driving. The 31-year-old Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper admitted being more than twice above the drink-drive limit of 35 micrograms when he was stopped by police in central London last month, and was fined £50,000 . 
President Weah makes surprise return
Liberia president and former World Footballer of the Year George Weah made a surprise return to international competition in Monrovia on Tuesday, playing in a 2-1 loss to Nigeria a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday.  Liberia had arranged the friendly to retire the number 14 jersey made famous by Weah, but fans were in for a shock when, 16 years after his last international appearance, the striker led the national team onto the pitch wearing it instead.
CRICKET
McGrath hails Anderson
Australia great Glenn McGrath says he has great respect for James Anderson after the Englishman replaced him as the most prolific pace bowler in test cricket. Anderson bowled Mohammed Shami to claim his 564th test wicket to move ahead of McGrath.  “I was proud to hold it for as long as I did – for it to be beaten by somebody like Jimmy Anderson is great,” said McGrath.
MOTOR SPORT
Mercedes fear Ferrari ambush in Singapore
Lewis Hamilton may have tightened his grip on a fifth world title after extending his championship lead with a surprise victory in Monza two weeks ago, yet Mercedes are playing down the Briton’s chances of adding to that triumph in Singapore. “Singapore has features that we’ve struggled with in the past. The short straights, the slow, tight corners and the bumpy surface all make (it) one of the trickiest tracks of the season for us,” said Mercedes chief Toto Wolff.
OLYMPICS
South Korea to propose joint Olympics with North
South Korea plans to propose a joint hosting of the 2032 Summer Olympics with North Korea at next week’s summit in Pyongyang, sports minister Do Jong-hwan said on Wednesday.​
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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