SPORTS DAY: Faf braces for a barrage from the Sheilas
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Du Plessis expects a hostile reception
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis said his team were braced for a hostile reception from supporters and the media when they travel to play their “favourite” opposition Australia for a limited overs tour next month. It will be SA’s first trip Down Under since the ball-tampering scandal earlier this year, when Australia captain Steve Smith and batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft received bans from Cricket Australia. “We expect them to try and unsettle us as a team when it comes to the media space, obviously with myself being at the forefront of it, but we see it as part and parcel of touring Australia.” Australia need ‘kick up backside’, says Warne
Shane Warne has dismissed Australia’s struggling Test side as “ordinary” and said they needed a “kick up the backside” after their series flop against Pakistan. Australia suffered a 373-run defeat against Pakistan in the second of the two-Test series last week after a familiar batting collapse, following a fightback to secure a draw in the first Test. “We all support the Aussie side, as we do, but they need a kick up the backside at the moment because they’re not performing well.” SOCCER
Pirates coach identifies Katsande as threat
Orlando Pirates’ assistant-coach Rhulani Mokwena has broken down the way Orlando Pirates see Kaizer Chiefs as playing‚ and how they see Amakhosi defensive midfielder Willard Katsande as the key cog in that game plan. “The one thing about Chiefs is that the coach [Giovanni Solinas] has been extremely smart in how he uses his squad. There’s not a lot of rotation that happens in the midfield. Willard Katsande is always the focal point and an important part of the axis‚ and the foundation of the team.”
Chiefs lead Pirates in derby history
Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates resume their rivalry when the two most popular sides in southern African face off at FNB Stadium on Saturday. Fun facts include that, of the 163 past derbies today‚ 67 were won by Chiefs and 39 by Pirates. There have been 52 draws and five abandoned matches. Chiefs have scored 210 derby goals and Bucs 172. Pirates, however, are unbeaten in the last nine derbies‚ which is their longest unbeaten run against Chiefs, but are still short of the 11-match unbeaten run Chiefs had between May 1985 and November 1988. Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe scored a record 19 times in the derby matches for Chiefs‚ way ahead of Nelson “Teenage” Dladla and Abednego “Shaka” Ngcobo on 11. Pirates’ top scorer in the derbies is Jomo Sono with nine.
Cheetahs to use strong squad for Cup survival
The Cheetahs will deploy their heavy-ish artillery for their Currie Cup promotion relegation clash against the SWD Eagles next Tuesday. They’ve also welcomed the timing of the clash as they are engaged in European combat in the Pro 14 at home either side of that fixture. “The Currie Cup is of utmost importance. We have had a difficult season competing in two demanding competitions simultaneously‚” the Cheetahs said.
Barrett warns All Blacks
New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett on Tuesday warned of an Australian backlash when the fierce rivals clash in the Bledisloe Cup in Japan this weekend. “We always get a confident Australia, there’s no doubt about that,” the two-time world player of the year said. “We can’t take for granted that we’re going to just keep winning,” added Barrett, who is set to win his 70th cap at the weekend.
Cooper joins Melbourne Rebels Former Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper has signed a one-year deal to play with Super Rugby’s Melbourne Rebels next season, ending a painful period of internal exile in Queensland. The move reunites Cooper with scrumhalf Will Genia in a halfback combination that played a significant role in helping the Reds to a maiden Super Rugby title and Australia to the semifinals of the World Cup in 2011.
Manyonga nominated for IAAF award
Long-jumper Luvo Manyonga has been nominated for the IAAF Male World Athlete of the Year award‚ to be announced in Monaco on December 4. He is one of 10 nominees who include Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge‚ owner of the 2hr 01min 39sec marathon world best‚ US sprinter Noah Lyles‚ unbeaten in the 200m this season‚ world-record holder decathlete Kevin Mayer of France and Qatar’s 400m hurdler Abderrahman Samba‚ who posted the world’s fastest time since 1992.
Comrades Marathon entries selling fast
More than 20‚000 entries for the 2019 Comrades have already been snapped up since they opened on Friday. With a cap of 25‚000‚ only 4‚000-odd are still available.
Mayweather v Pacquiao rematch closer
A potential blockbuster rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather moved a step closer as the Filipino icon confirmed he has signed with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions. Eight-weight world champion Pacquiao said he would close out his storied career by facing “top PBC fighters” in announcing the tie-up with influential Mayweather adviser Haymon’s organisation.
Chinese golfers told to pull out of Taiwan event
Chinese players on the elite US professional women’s golf tour have pulled out of this week’s tournament in Taiwan at the 11th hour, after being told by someone “high up” in China to skip the event, said sources familiar with the situation. They said world No 9 Shanshan Feng and rookie Yu Liu were told during last weekend’s event in Shanghai that they should not play in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship, which starts in Taipei on Thursday. China views self-ruled Taiwan as a wayward province.
‘Banned Rockets-Lakers players got off lightly’
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green believes players suspended for brawling during Houston’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers have got off lightly, accusing the NBA of a disciplinary “double standard.” – AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE