SPORTS DAY: Broke Celtic now beg PSL to pay their players
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Broke Celtic boss asks for money
Bloemfontein Celtic’s beleaguered and broke owner Max Tshabalala has asked the Premier Soccer League for money to help pay his players and avoid a meltdown of the club in the latest twist to an increasingly tawdry saga. Tshabalala asked the PSL executive committee for a significant loan to tide over his club as he now awaits new offers for the franchise. It has meant another month without pay for players‚ who last week refused to train in protest, but did eventually play on Sunday.
Jordaan steps up bid for Fifa head table
SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan faces final days of canvassing as he seeks election to football’s most powerful body — the Fifa Council. Jordaan has been endorsed as the candidate of Cosafa, the regional body of Southern African football associations, for the post vacated by former Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi. The vote is scheduled for Cairo on Sunday.
Chiefs coach explains rotations
Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has explained the reasons for his rotation of last week as being to refresh his lineup‚ keep a large squad happy‚ and have an eye to playing in continental competition soon. Solinas said that when Chiefs begin playing in the 2018-19 Caf Confederation from December they will need their fringe players — who will then start to me utilised more frequently — to have been given game time.
CAS rejects Valcke’s bid to end ban
Jerome Valcke used private jets for himself and his family and exploited his position as secretary general of Fifa to help his son to win a job, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled as it rejected his appeal against a ban on Tuesday. Valcke, who was also implicated in the resale of match tickets for the 2014 World Cup, was fighting a 10-year Fifa ban.
United forecast record revenue for 2019
English soccer club Manchester United forecast record revenue for 2018-19, despite having dropped off the early pace in the new Premier League season. United, whose squad includes World Cup winner Paul Pogba, David de Gea and Alexis Sanchez, said revenue is expected to be between £615m and £630m in the year to next June. Its revenue for 2017-18 also came in at a record £590m despite a slowdown in the fourth-quarter, due to a dip in commercial and broadcasting revenue.
Wallaby prop talks up team’s chances
Wallaby prop Allan Alaalatoa has been talking up his team’s chances ahead of their crunch Rugby Championship clash against the Springboks in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. “Being away from Australia can be good for us‚” Alaalatoa said. “It will give us a chance to connect a bit more. I’m sure this will bring us closer together.”
Montero recalled to face All Blacks
Argentina have handed winger Manuel Montero a recall and drafted two uncapped players into their squad for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks in Buenos Aires. Montero is a veteran of 27 tests but has played just one match off the bench since 2016 and joins the squad to bolster the backline after fellow winger Ramiro Moyano was ruled out of the match by a rib injury.
New coach aims to revive Samoa’s fortunes
Samoa’s struggling national rugby team are determined to cement a place among the game’s elite, new coach Steve Jackson said on Tuesday. The Pacific islanders, who needed to win a play-off against minnows Germany to secure a spot at next year’s World Cup, are aiming to break back into the top 10.
Enormity of victory not sunk in yet, says Woods
Tiger Woods said on Tuesday that he hasn’t had the chance to “soak in” the significance of his first title since 2013 as he prepares for the Ryder Cup in France. “I haven’t really had a lot of time to soak it in. I will post-Ryder Cup. “I’ll take a look back and reflect on it.”
Europe eases tension with laughs
European golfers broke the tension of Ryder Cup week with a comedy video that left none of captain Thomas Bjorn’s 12-man squad unskewered and all of them laughing at themselves. Irish comedian and impressionist Conor Moore imitated the European players in a 10-minute video shown Monday night at a team meeting, players revealed on Tuesday. “Thomas made it out how it was a serious video, and then we had this press conference of Conor doing all these impressions. It was a nice little laugh,” said England’s Tommy Fleetwood, one of five Cup newcomers.
Duminy to captain against Zimbabwe
Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla have been spared the charade of pretending Zimbabwe will offer tough resistance when the visitors face SA in the one-day series that starts in Kimberley on Sunday. But JP Duminy has drawn the short straw: as SA’s stand-in captain in Du Plessis’ absence he will have to take it all seriously. As will Dean Elgar who has been rustled from the rest he earned by helping Surrey win the county championship to replace Amla.
Yachtsmen ‘stable’ after remote ocean rescue
Two solo yachtsman stranded in the remote Indian Ocean during a round-the-world race were in a “good and stable condition” after being rescued in an multinational mission, Australian authorities said Tuesday. The yachts of Indian Abhilash Tomy and Irishman Gregor McGuckin, competitors in the Golden Globe race, were damaged during a storm on Friday, leaving them marooned some 3,500km off Australia’s west coast. Tomy, a 39-year-old navy commander, was badly injured during the storm and on his bunk unable to move, race organisers said.
Saunders fined over video
Billy Joe Saunders has been fined £100,000 by the British Boxing Board of Control for posting a video on social media in which he offered a woman £150 worth of drugs to perform a sex act on another person.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE