SPORTS DAY: Pitso to get it in the neck for alleged assault

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SPORTS DAY: Pitso to get it in the neck for alleged assault

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SOCCER
Guard presses charge against Pitso
A Durban man says he is pressing ahead with a case of assault against Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane. Nathi Ngwenya of Ngwelela Security Services‚ a private company that provides security at KwaZulu-Natal premiership side AmaZulu’s home matches‚ has alleged that Mosimane landed a blow to his head after Sundowns fans stormed the field after the 3-3 draw between AmaZulu and Sundowns at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday. Mosimane was apparently not pleased with the way the security personnel removed them.
Safa take on chairman Thidiela
The SA Football Association and the Premier Soccer League have promised to take disciplinary action separately against Black Leopards David Thidiela for his alleged attack on referee Victor Hlungwani. Thidiela allegedly threatened Hlungwani and made tribal references after the match against Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.
No shirt! New club sells out
A small, newly founded soccer team in the lower reaches of English football has attracted international fame after its new shirt, inspired by the fight against nationalists in the Spanish Civil War, went viral in Spain and sold out. East London-based Clapton CFC is only a few months old but was forced to stop taking orders after receiving more than 5,000 requests for its new away shirt, which is in the colours of the Republican forces that fought against General Francisco Franco’s Nationalists 80 years ago.
Maradona wins Mexico debut
Diego Maradona won big in his Mexican coaching debut  on Monday, as the Argentine legend’s new club, Dorados, routed fellow second-division side Cafetaleros 4-1. He was all smiles as Ecuadoran forward Vinicio Angulo – wearing Maradona’s old number 10 – scored a hat-trick to give the new coach the win. “We played a great match,” he told a packed press conference afterward.
Lampard fined
Derby County manager Frank Lampard was fined £2,000 by the English Football Association on Tuesday after admitting to a misconduct charge. The former Chelsea midfielder was sent to the stands during his team’s 1-0 Championship defeat by Rotherham United on Saturday for leaving his technical area to argue with a match official.
Bolton defender diagnosed with MND
Bolton Wanderers defender Stephen Darby has retired from football after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease, his club said on Tuesday.
BASKETBALL
Salary cap rises
The NBA salary cap is climbing to $109m (R1.6bn) in 2019 and $118m (R1,7bn) in 2020. In June, the NBA announced it set the salary cap for the upcoming 2018-19 season at $101.9m.
RUGBY
Mitchell leaves for England
The Bulls will be on the hunt for a new Super Rugby coach after the franchise confirmed they had released John Mitchell, who will become England’s defence coach under Eddie Jones. Mitchell was part of Clive Woodward’s coaching unit at England between 1997 and 2000.
Bok victory offers World Cup hope
A rare defeat for the mighty All Blacks has offered a glimmer of hope to teams hoping to wrestle the Webb Ellis Cup away from New Zealand at next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. SA, like the British Lions in their drawn series, proved that a physically confrontational defence and competing at the breakdown can pay dividends against the attack-minded All Blacks. Former Lions player and coach Ian McGeechan said the Springboks had proved that the All Blacks were “not immune to pressure”.
CRICKET
Stokes and Hales charged
England allrounder Ben Stokes and batsman Alex Hales have been charged with bringing the game into disrepute for a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub last year, the England and Wales Cricket Board said. Stokes, 27, was last month found not guilty of affray following the late-night street brawl last September. Hales, 29, was also present at the time of the incident but he was not charged.
‘Flop of Asia’ - Sri Lanka slammed
Sri Lankan newspapers and fans lambasted the national cricket team on Tuesday after the former champions were dumped out of the Asia Cup by up-and-coming Afghanistan. “The flop of Asia,” ran the Daily Mirror’s headline.
Banned Smith likely to be welcomed back
Banned Australian cricketer Steve Smith is likely to be welcomed back with open arms when he returns to club cricket in Sydney at the weekend, believes former captain Steve Waugh. “The Australian public, they are forgiving,” said Waugh on Tuesday. “He (Smith) made a mistake and he’s paid a heavy price for it. But if he gets back out there and plays with the same enthusiasm and passion ... I think Australians will move past what happened before.”
GOLF
Spanish golfer found dead at US course
Police have charged a man with the murder of Spanish golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena who investigators say was assaulted and killed on a golf course in the US state of Iowa. The 22-year-old, wrapping up her civil engineering degree, was this year was named Iowa State University’s female athlete of the year, having claimed a major conference championship victory.
BOXING
Calzaghe’s coach and father Enzo dies
Enzo Calzaghe, who coached his son Joe to two boxing world titles at different weights and an undefeated 46-bout career despite never boxing himself, has died aged 69. The Sardinian-born trainer also coached Gavin Rees and Enzo Maccarinelli to the WBA light welterweight and WBO cruiserweight titles respectively.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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