SPORTS DAY: Caster in the running for top IAAF prize

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SPORTS DAY: Caster in the running for top IAAF prize

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ATHLETICS
Vote for Caster!
Caster Semenya has again made the initial list of 10 nominees for the IAAF’s Female World Athlete of the Year. The public can vote on the IAAF’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts before November 12. The public vote will count 25%, the IAAF council 50% and the IAAF “family” 25%. The list will then be reduced to five finalists before the winner is announced in Monaco on December 4. SOCCER
Banyana get decent draw
Banyana Banyana have been handed a satisfactory draw at the African Women’s Championship in Ghana next month as they seek to secure a first ever place at the Fifa Women’s World Cup. Banyana have been drawn in Group B with tournament favourites Nigeria‚ Kenya and Zambia‚ with their clash against the latter arguably the key fixture in the pool for them. It is also the final fixture in the pool.
‘Chiefs miss Komphela’s football smarts’
Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rulani Mokwena stepped up the Soweto Derby mind games on Monday when he suggested that rivals Kaizer Chiefs miss former coach Steve Komphela’s football smarts. Pirates host Chiefs in southern Africa’s biggest match at a sold-out FNB Stadium on Saturday and Mokwena said the current side under Italian coach Giovanni Solinas does not have enough of the technical chutzpah it effortlessly oozed under the erstwhile mentor. ‘‘The type of leader that he is‚ the tactical acumen that he possesses‚ I think in that regard I think if you compare the previous team to this team and from an organisational perspective‚ you can clearly see the lack of a coach of that calibre.”
Chiefs sweating over injuries
Kaizer Chiefs are in a race against time to get key players fit for the weekend’s Soweto derby after they limped over the line against Black Leopards on Sunday without six regulars. Khama Billiat‚ Daniel Cardoso‚ Leonardo Castro‚ Lebogang Manyama‚ Siyabonga Ngezana and Dumisani Zuma were all absent as Chiefs needed post-match penalties to see off a gallant challenge by Black Leopards in the first round of the Telkom Knockout at Soccer City. “I hope some of these players can recover for the derby and I think so,” said coach Giovanni Solinas.
Bolt ‘offered cut-price deal’ in Australia: media
Australia’s Central Coast Mariners have offered sprint superstar Usain Bolt a contract, reports said on Monday, but the club’s coach said he knows nothing about it. “I can confirm Usain has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners,” the Jamaican’s agent Ricky Simms told the BBC. The club had no immediate comment on Monday, but Sydney’s Daily Telegraph said he had been offered only a fraction of the A$3m that his management had discussed months ago when the prospect of a trial was first mooted.
RUGBY
Clever reading of rule helped WP
A quirk of fate and a clever reading of the competition rules helped Western Province to sneak into the Currie Cup final when they were allowed to bring back scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies for extra time against the Blue Bulls. The entire competition was played with rolling substitutes and only 22 players until the semifinal. The rules changed for the semis‚ allowing 23-man squads but no rolling substitutes. Jantjies‚ who had been substituted midway through the second half, came back on as a blood replacement for prop Wilco Louw.
Du Preez wants discipline
Having fallen short in last year’s Currie Cup final against the same opposition on home soil‚ Sharks coach Robert du Preez is desperate not to make the same mistakes. “In any final‚ and I know it sounds like a cliché‚ but the team that takes their chances and uses their opportunities and stays disciplined on the day [will win]‚” he said, referring to the successful All Blacks conceding just three penalties in the 2011 World Cup final against France in 2011. “That is the type of discipline you need to look at.”
GOLF
Joburg Open ‘merged’ into SA Open
The Sunshine Tour will have less one co-sanctioned event with the announcement that the Joburg Open is to be merged into the SA Open. The tour said in a statement on Monday that the tournament, to be hosted at the Randpark golf club from December 6-9, would be sponsored by the City of Johannesburg.
Garcia delights in Valderrama treble Sergio Garcia said it was a “dream come true” to win a third Valderrama Masters title on Monday, as the Spaniard continued his strong end to an otherwise difficult year. Garcia has won the event the last three times it has been played after victories in 2011 and 2017.
TENNIS
Russian breaks into top 20 Russia’s Karen Khachanov moved into the top 20 in the latest men’s ATP tennis rankings released on Monday following his win in the Kremlin Cup.
MOTOR SPORT
Raikkonen happy to prove critics wrong
Kimi Raikkonen insists he has no plans for a special celebration after he “proved some people wrong” by winning Sunday’s US Grand Prix. The Finn, whose victory for a resurgent Ferrari prevented Lewis Hamilton from clinching his fifth drivers’ title in Texas, is leaving the Italian team at the end of the season and, at the age of 39, had been written off in some quarters. “It was a great day to prove some people wrong and have a good race, but it doesn’t really change anything for me.”
CRICKET
Herath to retire after first England Test Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath, the most successful left-arm spinner in test history, will retire after the series opener against England in Galle next month, the country’s cricket board said on Monday. The 40-year-old, who has been managing knee injuries for several years, will bring down the curtain on his glorious career at the same venue where he made his debut 19 years ago.​
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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