SPORTS DAY: Safa puts boot into SABC over Bafana deal
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Safa accuses SABC of disinformation campaign
The South African Football Association (Safa) has accused the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) of mounting a disinformation campaign surrounding the stalled new broadcast agreement for Bafana Bafana matches between the two. Russell Paul‚ Safa’s acting CEO‚ reiterated Safa’s rejection of the SABC’s “insulting” offer of R10m‚ when the previous year R110m was paid. Paul said SABC COO Chris Maroleng had made several misleading statements online and on radio as to why Bafana’s 6-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying thrashing of Seychelles on Saturday had not been televised on the public broadcaster. He denied an apparent allegation by Maroleng that SABC trucks had turned up at FNB Stadium and been turned away.
SA-Zimbabwe T20 abandoned
Rain and a wet outfield caused the abandonment of the third and final Twenty20 international between SA and Zimbabwe at Willowmoore Park on Sunday. SA won the series 2-0 after winning an earlier one-day series 3-0. The matches were largely one-sided and SA used them to test the depth of their resources, using 22 players across the five matches. SA travel to Australia later this month to play three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international, while Zimbabwe depart later this week for Bangladesh where they will play three one-day internationals and two Tests.
Cheptegei smashes fastest 10km run in SA
On Friday‚ Ugandan runner Joshua Cheptegei promised to cover 10km through the Durban CBD in 27 minutes and 20 seconds. On Sunday he exceeded that promise‚ smashing the FNB Durban 10K CUTYSURFRUN in 27:16, the fastest 10km yet run on SA soil (beating his own record from the same race almost exactly a year ago). Swiss Julien Wanders finished in second‚ 16-seconds behind‚ in a time of 27:32. Moses Koech of Kenya in third in 27:46. The best-placed South African was Stephen Mokoka‚ who, just three weeks after wining the Cape Town Marathon, came in sixth, more than a minute behind Cheptegei‚ in a time of 28:18.
WP thrilled with win despite storm
Western Province Currie Cup coach John Dobson said they were thrilled to get a result against the Blue Bulls despite the playing conditions. The kick-off in Saturday’s Currie Cup clash with the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld was delayed by 15 minutes because of a huge storm that unleashed torrential rain and lightning. Western Province were leading 34-7 at halftime when the game was called off. According to SA Rugby’s regulations‚ a half of rugby is enough to constitute a game. Western Province needed a point to top the log after the Sharks beat the Griquas in Kimberly. Dobson’s side went one better and sealed the deal in 40 minutes before the weather closed in.
Djokovic closes on No 1 with Shanghai win
The “new” Novak Djokovic warned that he was gunning for Rafael Nadal’s world No 1 ranking after winning the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric on Sunday. The 14-time Grand Slam champion has been imperious all week and barely offered a sniff to the 19th-ranked Croatian, a good friend and sometime training partner. The end was anti-climactic, with the Serb winning the championship point after a video review. Djokovic buried his head in his hand at the absurdity of it. The 31-year-old will leapfrog Roger Federer into second in the world when the rankings are released on Monday but will not stop there as the season reaches its climax. Nadal, who was not in Shanghai or Beijing last week because of a knee injury, will be just 215 points ahead of Djokovic in the race to finish as year-end No 1.
Ten-wicket Umesh flays Windies
India thumped West Indies by 10 wickets inside three days to complete a 2-0 series sweep on Sunday after Umesh Yadav’s stellar bowling effort set up their comprehensive victory in the and second and final test. West Indies skipper Jason Holder’s 5-56 limited India’s first-innings lead to 56 in the morning, but their abject second-innings batting left the hosts needing only 72 to win. Openers Prithvi Shaw and Lokesh Rahul, both of whom were not out on 33, completed the formalities in 16.1 overs to inflict on West Indies their second successive defeat inside three days. Umesh, who was twice on a hat-trick in the match, claimed 4-45 to become only the third Indian paceman — after Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath — to claim 10 wickets in a home test.
German press hammer Loew after Dutch mauling
The German press turned on Joachim Loew after a hammering by the Netherlands left the future of Germany’s head coach in doubt with world champions France looming on Tuesday. “Not at the moment,” Loew replied in the post match press conference when asked if he can still decide his future following Saturday’s 3-0 drubbing, Germany’s heaviest defeat to the Dutch. “That was a brutal and disappointing defeat, especially as we had the game under control in the first 30 minutes,” said Loew, whose contract runs until 2022. “At the moment, you can literally feel that we do not have the self-confidence that we used to have.” If Loew’s side loses to world champions France in Paris, it will be a record sixth defeat for Germany in a calendar year.
Henry has ‘everything’ to become good coach
Thierry Henry has “everything” needed to become a good manager, France coach and former international teammate Didier Deschamps said of the newly named Monaco coach. “Thierry’s ready,” Deschamps told TF1. “He has everything” to be a good coach. “He’s throwing himself into an exciting, exhilarating project where he’ll have to take responsibility. It’ll be up to him to take the reins.” Former Arsenal star Henry was named Monaco coach on Saturday, his first job in club management after leaving his position with the Belgian national team. The 41-year-old French World Cup winner, who had been working as an assistant to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez since 2016, returns to the club where he began his professional career.
Home favourite Chun wins KEB Hana Bank
Chun In-gee delighted the home crowd by winning the KEB Hana Bank Championship on Sunday, the South Korean firing a six-under-par 66 in the final round to record her third LPGA Tour victory. Chun, whose two previous wins on the US tour had both been majors, finished with a 16-under 272 total, three strokes ahead of England’s Charley Hull (71) at the SKY72 Golf & Resort in Incheon, west of Seoul. Korea’s Park Sung-hyun (69), Australian Minjee Lee (70), Thai Ariya Jutanugarn (71) and American Danielle Kang (72) were a stroke further back tied for third.
Australia’s Hastings has mystery lung illness
Australian international John Hastings said his cricket career could be over after struggling with a mystery illness that causes him to cough up blood whenever he bowls. The 32-year-old all-rounder, who has represented his country in all three formats of the game and was due to play for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League this season, said the condition was getting worse. “Every time I’m bowling now it’s happening,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “It’s literally just bowling. It’s not running. I can do boxing, weight sessions, rowing, anything like that. But as soon as the pressure (of bowling) at the crease at match intensity, when I step it up, literally I burst blood vessels in my lungs and I walk back to my mark and cough up some blood.” He first noticed the issue several years ago and despite a battery of tests and operations is no closer to knowing why it happens only when he bowls.”
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