SPORTS DAY: Crocked neck or not, Schickerling’s bok for it

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SPORTS DAY: Crocked neck or not, Schickerling’s bok for it

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RUGBY
From broken neck to Bok When JD Schickerling makes his Test debut on the Springboks’ tour to Britain and France‚ it will complete one of the most remarkable comeback stories in rugby. Four years ago Schickerling lay in a Pretoria hospital bed‚ unsure if he would walk again‚ let alone play rugby. Doctors said he was 2mm from being paralysed. But they also asked if he would like to play rugby again because science and operating techniques could make it happen.
Ashley-Cooper gets a Wallabies look-in
Wallabies veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper, 34, has been drafted into Australia’s training squad in Japan this week, raising the possibility of a return two years after winning his last cap.
CRICKET
Ball-tampering report slams ‘arrogant’ Oz cricket
A review into a ball-tampering scandal has condemned an “arrogant” and “controlling” culture at Cricket Australia that led to players cheating in pursuit of victory. The independent review by the Sydney-based Ethics Centre accused Cricket Australia of only paying lip service to the spirit of the game, leaving players without any moral guidance. The Australian Cricketers’ Association reacted by calling for the cheating bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be cut because they were put under too much pressure by administrators.
SOCCER
Furman out injured
SuperSport United midfielder Dean Furman will not play again this year after shoulder surgery last week, and with England-based Kamohelo Mokotjo limping out of his league match at the weekend‚ Bafana Bafana are likely to have a new defensive midfield combination for the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier against Nigeria next month. United officials have confirmed that Furman tore a shoulder joint in a training ground accident last week and then underwent surgery to attach the ligament back to the bone. The industrious Furman will be out for at least three months in a blow to both club and country.
Benni will be patient with Rantie
Benni McCarthy has reiterated that he will be patient with striker Tokelo Rantie‚ who appeared on the bench for Cape Town City for the first time in their 3-0 victory over AmaZulu on Saturday. McCarthy passed up the opportunity to give Rantie, who had been struggling with an elbow niggle, a run when he replaced fellow striker Siphelele Mthembu on 80 minutes with the side 3-0 up and on course for a comfortable win. “I would rather he be 100% when he plays and not feeling anything‚ because if he doesn’t go right then we would say‚ ‘we knew it wasn’t time yet’.”
Vardy leads Leicester tributes to Vichai
Jamie Vardy, a hero of Leicester’s remarkable Premier League title triumph two years ago, led tributes to the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died when his helicopter crashed shortly after take-off just outside the team’s stadium. Thai billionaire Vichai, 60, one of five people killed in Saturday’s crash, is credited with leading Leicester’s meteoric rise from English football’s second tier when he took over in 2010. “To me you are legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club,” Vardy posted on Instagram.
MOTOR SPORT
Vettel wants Hamilton strong for future fight
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was generous in defeat on Sunday, congratulating Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton on securing a fifth F1 championship and looking forward to continuing their battle next season. The two embraced after the Briton secured the title at the Mexican Grand Prix, with the German later visiting the Mercedes engineers also to recognise the team’s achievement. “I think he drove superbly all year and was the better one of us two,” said Vettel. “I told him well deserved and to enjoy it – number five is something incredible. Mainly I congratulated him and asked him to keep pushing for next year, I need him at his best to fight him again.” GRIDIRON
Vinatieri becomes all-time top points scorer Adam Vinatieri kicked a first-half field goal to surpass Morten Andersen and become the NFL’s all-time points leader in the Indianapolis Colt’s 42-28 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The 45-year-old American kicked a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter to tie Andersen with 2,544 points and then added a 25-yarder late in the second and then tacked on three more points to extend his career total to 2,550.
BASEBALL
Boston Red Sox take World Series
Steve Pearce hit two home runs on Sunday, while Mookie Betts and JD Martinez each hit one as the Boston Red Sox pounded their way to a fourth World Series title since 2004, finishing off a 5-1 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5. This was the Red Sox’s ninth title, tied for third behind the St Louis Cardinals (11) and the New York Yankees (27).
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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