SPORTS DAY: Groom curries enough favour to stay skipper

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SPORTS DAY: Groom curries enough favour to stay skipper

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RUGBY
Groom keeps Lions captaincy
No 8 Warren Whiteley is back for the Golden Lions but scrumhalf Nic Groom retains the captaincy for Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal against the Sharks in Durban. Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen called the decision logical. “We believe Nic is captain now. Warren will assist him anyway.”
Leyds, Willemse bolster WP
Western Province coach John Dobson has picked all his available Springboks for Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal against the Blue Bulls at Newlands. Damian Willemse comes in at flyhalf and Dillyn Leyds will start at fullback.
Injuries force England to name eight new caps
England will be missing six first-choice players when they take on the Springboks at Twickenham in two weeks after coach Eddie Jones named his squad on Thursday. But even with the missing players England have put together a formidable squad that also includes former Stormers flank Michael Rhodes‚ who is set for his England debut after three seasons at Saracens.
Three new faces in Wallabies squad
Three uncapped players were named on Thursday in the Wallabies squad to face the All Blacks in next week’s third Bledisloe Cup Test in Japan, where Sekope Kepu is set to make his 100th appearance. NSW Waratahs lock Jed Holloway earned his first call-up after an impressive Super Rugby season, while teammate and scrumhalf Jake Gordon and Melbourne Rebels flanker Angus Cottrell also got the nod.
SOCCER
Paez apologises for snub
Kaizer Chiefs striker Gustavo Paez has publicly apologised for not shaking his coach Giovanni Solinas’s hand after being substituted in the Macufe Cup. Paez‚ on Chiefs’ official website‚ expressed his regret for the incident in Amakhosi’s 2-0 win against Bloemfontein Celtic in the friendly Macufe final at Free State Stadium on Sunday‚ but also said that there was “no bad intent” on his part.
Bolt rejects Malta offer
Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has turned down a contract from Maltese champions Valletta and will remain in Australia to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer, his agent said on Thursday. Bolt and Keisuke Honda are the Australian A-League’s poster boys as the competition aims to reverse dwindling ticket sales and tumbling TV ratings when it returns on Friday.
Vidal fined R13m for nightclub fight Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has been hit with a €800,000 (R13m) fine by a Munich court after being found guilty of assault during a nightclub fight last year. Munich District Court fined the Chile international based on 80 days worth of wages, calculated to be €10,000 a day for the Barcelona player, who left Bayern Munich in August after three years with the German giants.
Higuain says Juventus made him leave AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain said he was treated very well by Juventus – right until the moment they forced him out of the club to make way for Cristiano Ronaldo. “The decision to leave was not mine. I gave everything for Juventus, I won several titles, after which Cristiano arrived,” he said, adding there were no hard feelings.
CRICKET
Kaneria admits fixing guilt at last: report
Pakistan’s Danish Kaneria has finally admitted his role in a fixing scandal that led to the imprisonment of former Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield after six years of denials. Kaneria, who was given a life ban by English cricket chiefs that effectively applied worldwide, said in an Al Jazeera television documentary: “My name is Danish Kaneria and I admit that I was guilty of the two charges brought against me by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012.” MOTOR SPORT
How Hamilton can win F1 title
Lewis Hamilton can win a fifth Formula One world title at the US Grand Prix on Sunday if he wins the race and Sebastian Vettel is third or worse; he is second and Vettel is fifth or worse; he is third and Vettel is seventh or worse; he is fourth and Vettel is eighth or worse; he is fifth and Vettel is ninth or worse; he is sixth and Vettel fails to score a point.
SPORT BUSINESS
Wozniacki signs deal to launch her own crypto token Tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki signed a deal with a Singaporean company to launch her own crypto token on Thursday, with the firm saying it hoped ex-soccer star Michael Owen or boxer Manny Pacquiao would be the first to sell such a token next year. Global Crypto Offering Exchange, which lists Pacquiao and Owen as private investors in the company, says the tokens will give buyers exclusive merchandise and interactions with their favourite celebrities, and that the celebrities will receive proceeds from the token sales.
Leagues could make R60bn from betting The four major US professional sports leagues could reap a combined $4.2bn (nearly R60bn) annually as a result of legal sports betting, most of it indirectly from increased fan engagement, according to a casino industry survey. The National Football League stands to make the most, with a projected $2.33bn of additional annual revenue. Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League would account for the rest.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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