SPORTS DAY: Dyantyi’s the danger man, reckon Aussies
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Aussies to target Dyantyi
Hot-stepping Springbok speedster Aphiwe Dyantyi will be a marked man when he faces the Wallabies in Port Elizabeth on Saturday‚ Australian wing Marika Koroibete said. “Dyantyi has been impressive‚” Koroibete told Rugby Australia. “This week we are going to work on something to stop him from scoring tries. He’s a really exciting player for the Springboks.”
SA sports stars ‘capless’ amid governance fiasco
Every cap earned by Bok captain Siya Kolisi‚ Bafana Bafana star Itumeleng Khune‚ fast-bowler Kagiso Rabada or any other national sportsperson in SA for the past 13 years is legally worthless. This is according to the ministerial committee of inquiry into governance issues at the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), which found Sascoc’s failure to appoint a National Colours Board in terms of the legal requirements, its constitution and internal regulations‚ and to manage the process of [awarding] national colours to athletes “is irrational and arguably unlawful”.
Wiser Benni gives recipe for MTN8 success
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says cup finals are not decided by team tactics‚ meticulous preparation and form players. He maintains that they are decided by mental fortitude instead as he takes City into a second final in 12 months at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban this weekend. “The team that makes the least mistakes and plays with the biggest heart‚ that’s the team that is going to come out on top‚ not necessarily the team that gets it tactically spot on‚” he said of the upcoming final.
Pieterse wants Khune’s spot
Reeyad Pieterse says he wants to be Bafana Bafana’s No 1 goalkeeper‚ and that is the reason why he joined Mamelodi Sundowns. The keeper received a roasting for playing a hand in all three AmaZulu goals in a 3-3 Absa Premiership draw in Umlazi last Sunday, but he bounced back with a clean sheet in his next game. “I want to compete for the Bafana spot.”
Mourinho and Pogba filmed in tense exchange
Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba were involved in a tense-looking exchange at Manchester United’s training ground on Wednesday, a day after the manager confirmed the World Cup star had been stripped of the role of vice-captain. Sky Sports showed footage of Pogba joining training with his teammates on Wednesday morning, including a seemingly terse exchange between the pair. The 25-year-old shook hands with coach Michael Carrick and another United employee before looking taken aback by something Mourinho said.
Loew blocked from meeting Özil — report
Germany head coach Joachim Loew was reportedly blocked from meeting Mesut Özil at Arsenal’s training ground on Monday to discuss the midfielder’s fiery retirement from international duty. Loew and Germany’s team director Oliver Bierhoff, in London at the weekend to take part in a Fifa coaching congress, visited Arsenal’s training ground in Colney, north of London, for clear-the-air talks with Özil, but were turned away on the orders of Gunners head coach Unai Emery, German daily Bild reported.
Gibson trying out new combinations
Proteas coach Ottis Gibson says he will try out new players and combinations during the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe which starts at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Sunday. “We have looked at some guys and perhaps this series against Zimbabwe and the next one against Australia are probably the last where we will be giving opportunities to guys we have not had the opportunity to see. “I have spoken to the selectors about that‚” Gibson said.
Sri Lanka drop ‘scapegoat’ skipper
Sri Lanka’s sacked skipper Angelo Mathews was dropped on Wednesday from the ODI and T20 squads against England after he accused the board of making him a scapegoat for the team’s Asia Cup debacle. The 31-year-old allrounder was not included in the 15-man squad for the five one-day internationals and the one-off T20 against England beginning on October 10.
Russian federation challenges IAAF suspension
Russia’s athletics federation said on Wednesday it had filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision by global athletics body IAAF to prolong its suspension. The federation was suspended in November 2015 after evidence of systematic, state-sponsored doping in the sport surfaced.
Furyk dampens Woods-Mickelson speculation
US captain Jim Furyk has poured cold water on the idea that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson could play together in the Ryder Cup this week after the two players got tongues wagging on Tuesday by suggesting it could happen. “You know, I won’t ever say it wouldn’t happen, but it’s probably not too likely. I guess nothing’s out of the realm. They did play some golf yesterday. I think they both mentioned it would be a lot better pairing than it was in the past.” It could hardly not be since they lost both matches in 2004 when they paired up for the only time.
Wilder camp wants ‘new offer’
WBC champion Deontay Wilder’s representatives have said they will not resume negotiations for a fight with Briton Anthony Joshua until better terms are offered and that no such offer has been forthcoming, Sky News reported.
Vettel has nothing to fear but plenty to do
Formula One champions Mercedes have yet to be beaten in Russia, which hosts a grand prix for the fifth time this weekend, but Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel still sees nothing to fear in Sochi. “Russia, I think, has been getting better the last years for us, so it should suit our car as well,” the German told reporters. “I don’t think we have any tracks to fear that are coming,” he added.
Transgender star eyes politics
After a decade of tearing up professional men’s volleyball leagues in Europe, Tiffany Abreu is used to taking on steep challenges. Fresh from becoming Brazil’s first transgender player, she is running for Congress in next month’s elections.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE