SPORTS DAY: Baxter pitches and moans about balls

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SPORTS DAY: Baxter pitches and moans about balls

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SOCCER
Blame it on the ball boys
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has blamed the ball boys for the embarrassing goalless draw against Seychelles at the Stade Linité on Tuesday. The Briton also blamed the quality of the pitch and accused the Seychelles players of simulation after the potentially costly result against a side that was represented by 98% of part-time footballers. “At one stage the ball boys hid all the balls‚ they threw them [the balls] away and it took longer to restart play‚” he said. “Anybody going to Seychelles‚ they will have a difficult game.” ‘We never underestimated Seychelles’
The Bafana Bafana Twitter account’s decision to post pictures of the players frolicking on the beach in Seychelles this week has become a nightmare after the 189th-ranked islanders managed to hold coach Stuart Baxter’s misfiring charges to a potentially costly goalless draw on Tuesday. Irate fans took to social media after the result, but defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele insisted that they took the match seriously. “First of all‚ we know we let ourselves down ... We gave everything and we didn’t underestimate them. We didn’t show bad attitude‚ so we gave it everything.”
No more women at Iran matches: prosecutor Iran’s prosecutor general said on Wednesday there would be no repeat of women watching football matches inside stadiums, saying it would “lead to sin”. “I object to the presence of women in Azadi Stadium yesterday,” Mohammad Jafar Montazeri reportedly said a day after about 100 women were allowed to watch their country take on Bolivia in a friendly. “When a woman goes to a stadium and is faced with half-naked men in sports clothes and sees them it will lead to sin.” United ‘is like Liverpool and City of old’
Paul Scholes says even Lionel Messi would struggle to shine in the current Manchester United team and that the struggling club are being laughed at by their rivals. “United now feels like Liverpool from years ago, like we’re making all the same mistakes as they did. “We were watching Liverpool and City from afar and smirking as they changed managers and players every year, never getting anything right. It feels like we have turned into a Liverpool or a Man City.
It's a no Khan do for Wembley purchase Fulham owner Shahid Khan has withdrawn his offer to buy London’s Wembley Stadium, England’s governing Football Association announced Wednesday. The FA, Wembley’s current owners, had come under fire from many within English football for their plans to sell Wembley despite Khan offering to buy the stadium for £600m.
CRICKET
Morris recalled to Proteas
Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has recalled all-rounder Chris Morris to the limited-overs squad for the tour of Australia next month. Morris, who missed the series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe because he was recovering from injury, will be joined by batting all-rounders Farhaan Behardien and Dwaine Pretorius‚ who are also making a return to the side.
Christian to play in T20 league Dan Christian, Samuel Badree and Jeevan Mendis headlined a modest list of international stars drafted into the new Mzansi Super League Twenty20 tournament on Wednesday. Australian all-rounder Christian, Sri Lankan all-rounder Jeevan Mendis and West Indian leg spinner Badree were signed for R750,000 each for the tournament from November 15 to December 16. They will play for the Jozi Stars, Tshwane Spartans and Cape Town Blitz respectively.
RUGBY
Skosan says Sharks are favourites
Golden Lions wing Courtnall Skosan was quite content to bestow the favourites’ tag on the Sharks ahead of their Currie Cup semifinal in Durban on Saturday. The Sharks finished second on the points table with the Lions one spot below them‚ but perhaps more pertinent to predicting the outcome‚ the coastal side comprehensively outplayed the Lions in the wet in Durban in the league stages. “I assume they are the favourites‚” said Skosan. “We are just going to do what we do. Hopefully we learnt from the mistakes we made against them previously.”
Foley convinced Wallabies can win World Cup
Australia flyhalf Bernard Foley is convinced the Wallabies can win the Rugby World Cup for a third time next year despite slumping to seventh in the world rankings after a disappointing couple of seasons. The 29-year-old all but ensured on Wednesday that he would be off to Japan for a second World Cup campaign by announcing that he had extended his contract with the Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs to the end of 2019.
Aussies to wear indigenous-themed jersey
The Wallabies will wear an indigenous-themed jersey when they face England at Twickenham next month, the first time they have donned the kit overseas, in tribute to the role Aborigines play in rugby. The shirt, designed by indigenous artist Dennis Golding, symbolises indigenous and non-indigenous communities coming together as one, and was first worn by the Australians when they beat the All Blacks in Brisbane last October.
Scotland name uncapped trio in big squad Scotland have named New Zealand-born Blade Thomson, Australian Sam Johnson and former England youth international Sam Skinner in a 40-man squad for the forthcoming Autumn internationals as they cast an eye towards next year’s World Cup.
MOTOR SPORT
Texas offers Hamilton first shot at fifth title It will be high fives for Lewis Hamilton in Austin on Sunday if a fifth win in a row brings the Briton a fifth Formula One world title. The Mercedes driver is on the brink of joining the late Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio as a quintuple champion, with only seven-times titleholder Michael Schumacher ahead of them in the all-time lists. Hamilton is 67 points clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with three races — and a maximum 75 points — remaining after Texas.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE​

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