SPORTS DAY: Not even a Tau goal was good enough for fans
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Baxter defends Tau Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has defended Percy Tau after the Belgium-based striker was heckled by supporters at FNB Stadium on Saturday. Tau scored one goal in Bafana’s 6-0 win over Seychelles, but he was targeted by fans who thought that he should have scored more goals. “I don’t think Percy was complacent‚” said Baxter. “I think he was disappointed with himself on the chances that he missed. I thought Lebo [Mothiba] worked well with Percy.”
Turkish star could face lengthy jail term
Turkish prosecutors on Monday charged Barcelona player Arda Turan over a brawl with a prominent singer, asking for the footballer to be sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in jail. The prosecutors charged Turan, who is on loan to Istanbul’s Basaksehir, with sexual harassment, unlicensed possession of weapons and causing intentional injury over the fight with singer Berkay Sahin.
SA’s World Cup plans take shape SA’s time for experimentation ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup is coming to an end, according to coach Ottis Gibson. Speaking after rain washed out his team’s final Twenty20 international against Zimbabwe in Benoni on Sunday, Gibson said a short limited overs tour of Australia, starting later this month, would be a crucial part of the build-up to next year’s World Cup in England. “We want to go there with an attitude of trying to win,” said Gibson. “The squad that we pick will reflect that.” AB in T20 draft Batting star AB de Villiers was on Monday named among 12 leading players for SA’s new Mzansi Super League Twenty20 tournament. Six SA and six overseas players were named as marquee players. Six teams will be competing for their services in a draft in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
Inquest into Roebuck death to be reopened?
An inquest into the supposed suicide of renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck in SA in 2011 is set to be reopened, his former employer reported Monday. His family have never accepted the police account that he leapt out a sixth-floor window after two officers arrived to arrest him over a claim of sexual assault. Jayasuriya faces anti-corruption charges
Sri Lanka batting great Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code. The former captain and explosive opening batsman has refused to cooperate with any investigation conducted by the ICC’s anti-corruption uni. He has also been charged with trying to conceal, destroy or tamper with evidence that could be crucial to anti-corruption investigation.
Afghan smashes six sixes in an over Afghan 20-year-old Hazratullah Zazai joined a select group of cricketers on Sunday by smashing six sixes in an over in a domestic tournament. He is the sixth player to hit six sixes in an over, after Garry Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh and Ross Whiteley.
Papalii gets surprise nod for All Blacks tour The All Blacks named uncapped flanker Dalton Papalii on Monday in a 32-man squad for a Test against Australia in Japan and their tour involving matches against England, Ireland and Italy. Hansen also named a 19-man squad to gather ahead of the Test against Japan in Tokyo on November 3, a week after the match against the Wallabies.
Bolt fumes over drug test notice
Sprint legend Usain Bolt says he’s stunned after being handed a drug testing notice despite retiring from athletics and having no professional contract as he bids to launch a football career in Australia. “So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” Bolt said via an Instagram video as he zoomed in on the notice. Despite his displeasure, it appears the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority guidelines mean he is eligible to be tested.
Keino charged over 2016 Olympics graft Two-time Olympic gold medallist Kipchoge Keino was one of seven Kenyan officials charged on Monday in a scandal involving the mismanagement of funds during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Four of the suspects were in court while the others, including former sports minister Hassan Wario and Keino – who headed the Olympic committee – were charged in absentia.
Halep earns second straight year-end No 1
French Open champion Simona Halep will finish the year as women’s world number one for the second season in a row, the WTA said on Monday. The 27-year-old Romanian will have spent 40 weeks at the top of the rankings by the end of the season.
Nurmagomedov challenges Mayweather Mixed martial arts fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has taken a page out of Conor McGregor’s playbook and issued a challenge to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather. Nurmagomedov beat McGregor recently and, like the Irishman, has no experience as a professional boxer. MOUNTAINEERING
Nine flung to their deaths in Nepal Five South Koreans and four Nepali guides on a Himalayan climbing expedition were flung to their deaths after a huge block of ice crashed over a cliff into a narrow mountain gorge. The team attempting Mount Gurja, a 7,193m peak, was led by Kim Chang-ho, a veteran of the sport who had set speed records on 14 of the world’s highest mountains. “A massive block of ice (serac), probably 100m tall, likely fell from the mountain along a gorge, sending strong winds that hit the camp, threw the climbers off a cliff edge and into a ravine,” said Suraj Paudyal, a rescue official. MOTOR SPORT
Vandoorne moves to Formula E Stoffel Vandoorne will switch to the all-electric Formula E series at the end of the F1 season, the Mercedes-affiliated HWA Racelab team said on Monday.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE