SPORTS DAY: Frustration as Bafana battle for nought
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Six to zero in 90 minutes
Bafana Bafana, 6-0 winners over Seychelles in Johannesburg on Saturday, were held to a 0-0 draw in the away leg of this African Nations Cup qualifier on Tuesday. SA dominated the match, but were unable to get the ball into the net, with striker Lebo Mothiba hitting the crossbar in the second half.
Bolt offered contract: reports Sprint king Usain Bolt could be making his way to Europe after being offered a two-year professional football contract in Malta, with the club saying it wanted to “write history” with the signing. Malta club Valletta FC said they had made a formal offer which includes playing in its upcoming cup final, with chief executive Ghasston Slimen saying the move to snare Bolt was “about writing history. We play the final of the Super Cup on December 13, which we will win... so can you imagine Usain Bolt lifting the Super Cup trophy 10 years after he broke the record in Beijing?”
World Cup added $14bn to Russian economy
The 2018 World Cup added more than $14bn to the Russian economy, more than 1% of the country’s gross domestic product, tournament organisers said. The figure was revealed in a report on the economic, social and environmental impact of the tournament by Alexey Sorokin, the CEO of Russia’s World Cup organising committee.
Mourinho charged by FA
Jose Mourinho was charged by the Football Association on Tuesday over comments he made after Manchester United’s victory against Newcastle and faces a potential touchline ban if found guilty. The United manager spoke into a camera after his side came from behind to triumph 3-2 at Old Trafford. “It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper,” said an FA spokesman.
Duminy joins Amla on the sidelines
JP Duminy will undergo surgery on his right shoulder and has been ruled out of next month’s limited-overs tour of Australia, Cricket SA said on Tuesday. Duminy will miss three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match against Australia in November as well as the Mzansi Super League T20 event, where the 34-year-old is the marquee player for the Cape Town franchise. “JP aggravated a pre-existing shoulder injury during the recently concluded series against Zimbabwe,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.
Jantjies eyes first Cup final since 2011
He has just made his return to the Currie Cup after a five-year absence and now Elton Jantjies is eyeing a first appearance in the final since 2011. “I’m not going to shy away from the fact that winning it in 2011 was special. Now we are in the same type of vibe‚” said Jantjies with a glint in his eye on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s semifinal against the Sharks. “It’s exciting to be playing in the Currie Cup. You normally take it as a formality but you shouldn’t. It’s put some extra energy into my life and my career and it is something I’ve always cherished.”
A glitch in the system
When the PGA Tour Series-China reached its climax at the weekend, the five top money-winners earned cards for the US Web.com Tour, one rung below the elite PGA Tour. There was just one hiccup – none of the top five, or even the top 10, was from China. It is the first time in four seasons of the PGA Tour Series-China – hailed by former tour commissioner Tim Finchem “as a pathway to the PGA Tour for Chinese golfers” when it was created – that no Chinese player has made the top five. Instead, Englishman Callum Tarren, American Charlie Saxon and New Zealander Chris Voke get their chance in America, along with fourth-placed Yuwa Kosaihira of Japan and South Korea’s Todd Baek.
Twins banned for life for match-fixing
Ukrainian twin brothers Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko have been banned from tennis for life and fined $250,000 each for “multiple match-fixing offences”, the Tennis Integrity Unit said on Monday. The 35-year-olds were found to have breached sections of the tennis anti-corruption code that deals with soliciting a third-party to place a bet on matches in which they then contrived the outcome in lower level Futures tournaments.
Pressure growing on new chief
Olympic champion Aly Raisman slammed USA Gymnastics’ choice of interim president on Monday as pressure mounted on the embattled organization to rethink the apppointment. In a series of posts on Twitter, Raisman criticised the decision to hire former Republican US Congresswoman Mary Bono to take over at the helm of the scandal-plagued governing body. Raisman said Bono’s association with law firm Faegre Baker Daniels – which advised USA Gymnastics during the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal – made her position untenable, accusing the firm of helping “cover up” Nassar’s crimes before the scandal erupted into public view.
New Japan hotels must be wheelchair friendly
New hotels in Japan with more than 50 rooms will be required to provide wheelchair-friendly accommodation, the government said on Tuesday, as the country gears up to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Japan is hoping to attract around 40 million tourists annually by the time of the Games and concerns have been expressed over the quantity of accommodation and facilities for disabled travellers.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE