SPORTS DAY: Naughty, Siya, butt bosses say no smackdown
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Kolisi escapes with caution
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has been cleared of headbutting Scotland centre Peter Horne last Saturday‚ although he was rapped over the knuckles for reckless play. On Monday World Rugby confirmed that there would be no further action against Kolisi. “Having reviewed the video angles‚ the citing commissioner determined that there were mitigating factors which meant that the action did not meet the red card threshold,” said World Rugby. “That included the player being illegally prevented from rejoining the play by Scotland’s Peter Horne.”
Matfield shortlisted for Bulls coaching job
The Blue Bulls Company have shortlisted three candidates for the vacant Bulls coaching position following John Mitchell’s departure in September. Southern Kings coach Deon Davids‚ Blue Bulls coach Pote Human and coaching consultant and former Springbok great Victor Matfield have been shortlisted. Of the three‚ 41-year-old Matfield is the only man without formal senior head coaching credentials.
Family will decide my future, says Schmidt Joe Schmidt says whether he stays on as Ireland rugby coach after next year’s World Cup or moves on, with the likely destination New Zealand, will be decided by his family. The 53-year-old New Zealander – whose contract comes to an end after the sport’s quadrennial showpiece in Japan – has overseen the most successful era in the national side’s history. “It’s very much a family decision and I haven’t really seen my family since I went to Chicago [in early November]. We had a pretty good chat about it over the summer and then we’ll just confirm things, one way or the other.”
Banyana take it day by day
Goal-hero Thembi Kgatlana cautioned that Banyana Banyana are taking their 2018 African Women’s Championship campaign step-by-step after the historic 1-0 success over defending champions Nigeria on Sunday. “We look forward to working together as a team and we came here for one goal‚ which is to qualify for the World Cup. “We are going to take every game step by step.”
Boost for PE Port Elizabeth is set for two high profile matches in the next two weeks. Kaizer Chiefs announced on Monday they would stage their Caf Confederation Cup first leg preliminary stage match against Zanzibar’s Zimamoto at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday night. The stadium will also host the Telkom Knockout final on December 8, guaranteed to feature either Chiefs or Pirates. Gascoigne charged with sexual assault Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman on board a train, British Transport Police said on Monday. The ex-Tottenham and Lazio player was charged with “one count of sexual assault by touching”, said a spokesperson for the force.
No room for Caster on IAAF award short list
Caster Semenya cleaned up at the recent SA Sports Awards‚ but the IAAF world governing body couldn’t place her among the top-five finalists for its Female World Athlete of the Year. The IAAF on Monday announced the shortlist of five‚ one of whom will be named the winner at the body’s awards ceremony in Monaco on December 4. CRICKET
Patel spins Kiwis to thrilling victory Debutant spinner Ajaz Patel took five wickets to lead a never-say-die approach from New Zealand bowlers as they pulled off a thrilling four-run win over an indisciplined Pakistan in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday. It is the fifth smallest win in terms of runs in Test cricket. Resuming on 37/0, Pakistan began the day as favourites to chase down the 176 target.
India prepared for pace and bounce India have the quality and confidence in their batting ranks to master the extra pace and bounce on Australian wickets and excel across formats, batsman Rohit Sharma said on Monday. India have never won a test series Down Under but fancy their chances against an Australian team yet to recover from a ball-tampering scandal. “This is one place we want to leave our mark on and do well as an unit.” MOTOR SPORT
Teen driver in hours-long surgery after crash
A 17-year-old female driver spent at least seven hours in surgery on Monday after fracturing her spine in a horrifying crash at the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix. The German racer Sophia Floersch hurtled into marshals and photographers after flying off the track on Sunday. BOXING
Coach kicked out after ring protest
Bulgarian coach Petar Yosifov Lesov was kicked out of the women’s world boxing championships in New Delhi after he threw a bottle in the ring to protest the loss of Olympic champion Stanimira Petrova. Petrova accused the judges of “corruption” and her coach, a 1980 Olympic champion, threw a tantrum after a 2-3 split decision verdict in favour of India’s Sonia Chahal in the 57kg category.
Powerful sheikh temporarily leaves IOC roles
Powerful International Olympic Committee member Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said on Monday he had temporarily stepped down from his roles in the Olympic body amid an ongoing legal case in Switzerland. The Kuwaiti IOC member heads Olympic Solidarity, the multimillion-dollar IOC purse that funds sports projects globally. Sheikh Ahmad did not give details of the case against him but denied any wrongdoing in a statement. A rose by another name can be thorny
The IOC has warned Taiwan that it could lose its right to compete if it tries to change its name for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, ahead of a referendum that will incense Beijing. Taiwan will vote on Saturday on whether the island should compete as “Taiwan” and not “Chinese Taipei” in a controversial referendum alongside local elections.
James scores 51 points against former team LeBron James returned to Miami for the first time as a Los Angeles Laker Sunday, dropping 51 points on his former team in a 113-97 NBA victory over the Heat.
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