SPORTS DAY: Cough till it hurts for All Blacks at Loftus
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Fans to fork out for Boks-All Blacks tickets
If you’re thinking of purchasing tickets for the Springbok Test against the All Blacks at Loftus Versfeld on October 6‚ be ready to dig deep into your pockets. The Blue Bulls Company yesterday announced that general stand tickets‚ which ranged from R380 to R950‚ were sold out. The next best bet are a limited amount of Castle Corner tickets which start from around R4,595 per person, excluding VAT, while there are limited shared hospitality tickets for “non-viewing suites” starting at R4,195 each.
Newlands to become Oldlands?
Outgoing Western Province Rugby Football Union president Thelo Wakefield has indicated that provincial rugby would move away from Newlands by 2020. “It is a fact that we will move across to the Cape Town Stadium. The process is such that I have signed a heads of agreement with the City Council; the City has appointed a commission to investigate the matter of rugby coming to Cape Town Stadium,” said Wakefield, who has two months to go.
Celtic on verge of milestone
A point for Bloemfontein Celtic at home to ailing Maritzburg United will represent the best-ever start for Phunya Sele Sele to an Absa Premiership season as the club’s remarkable turnaround under coach Steve Komphela continues. And midfielder Lantshane Phalane‚ who has played every minute of the campaign to date‚ says a change in attitude from the players has had a big role to play in their improved fortunes. “We believe in one another and we trust one another‚ that has been a big difference this season.”
What’s the rush?
Durban police say they are in no rush to speak to Pitso Mosimane after an assault case was opened against the Mamelodi Sundowns coach at Umlazi Police Stadium on Sunday. “It’s early … a week hasn’t passed yet. What’s the rush really‚ what’s the rush‚ huh? In short‚ I can say we are still conducting our investigation and once we’ve finished our investigation we will then go to the court for a decision,” said police spokesman Lt-Colonel Thulani Zwane.
Motlhalo set to become global icon
Linda Motlhalo’s three goals for Banyana Banyana against Malawi thrust her into the national spotlight‚ but she has been a star on the rise for some time and has been tipped to become a global icon for women’s football. Motlhalo bagged her first Banyana hat-trick as South Africa romped into the semifinals of the 2018 Cosafa Women’s Championships with a 6-0 rout of Malawi and they will face Uganda on Thursday.
No mountain too high for improving Liverpool
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his players have proved there is “no mountain they cannot climb” after stepping up a level to clinch a late 3-2 victory over Paris St Germain at Anfield. “The cool development of this club is that when you hear Liverpool are playing PSG you don’t think we have no chance any more,” the German manager told reporters. “One, two or three years ago maybe people thought it’s a mountain we cannot climb. That is good that it is not like that now and that is because of last year.”
Kane can’t shoulder goal scoring burden alone
Harry Kane is not a “machine” and it is only a matter of time before he is back among the goals, according to Tottenham teammate Erik Lamela. The under-fire England striker endured another frustrating game on Tuesday as Spurs slumped to a late 2-1 Champions League defeat at Inter Milan. The England captain has now gone five games for club and country without scoring.
Kyrgios ‘pep talk’ umpire suspended: reports
The US Open umpire criticised for giving Australia’s Nick Kyrgios a pep talk has been hit with a two-week suspension, reports said on Tuesday. Swedish official Mohamed Lahyani triggered controversy last month after coming down from his chair to give advice to Kyrgios during his second round game against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The US Open later said Lahyani “went beyond protocol” with his conduct.
No regrets for fist-raising Olympic champion
Tommie Smith, the former US sprinter who won Olympic gold 50 years ago, is glad his decision to raise a black-gloved fist on the podium has inspired others even if it cost him his running career, as he sees a groundswell of support for equality. “I knew it would have an impact but I didn’t know how far it would go,” the 74-year-old Smith told Reuters in an interview ahead of the 50th anniversary of the protest on October 16 1968. The image of Smith and fellow African-American athlete John Carlos — gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter sprint in Mexico City — bowing their heads and thrusting right and left gloved fists respectively into the air became an enduring symbol of the turbulent 1960s and the fight for racial equality.
More needed to help retiring athletes
US swimmer Michael Phelps says the US Olympic Committee (USOC) should do more to help Olympians transitioning into retirement, saying they are all too often “brushed aside” as the focus shifts to the next generation of talent. The retired 33-year-old, who won a record 23 Olympic gold medals across five Games, said elite athletes need assistance navigating the tricky period that follows their Olympic careers, when depression can set in. “That’s something that’s frustrating for me to see because it is such an honour to represent our country and to wear the stars and stripes.”
North, South agree to pursue joint bid
The two Koreas have agreed to pursue a bid to co-host the 2032 Olympic Games, they said in a joint statement on Wednesday following a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The statement also said they had agreed to “participate jointly” at international competitions including the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE