SPORTS DAY: Willie le Roux reckons Boks are rocking
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Boks are feared again, says Le Roux
Springbok fullback Willie le Roux says coach Rassie Erasmus has taken the team back to its roots. “We went back to our traditional way‚ how the Springboks play rugby‚” he said in Cardiff. “There was a stage where people did not fear the Springboks any more‚ or the badge. We are getting that back through the structures Rassie has built. Everyone in the team is equal‚ and it makes a big difference. The guys are playing for each other more and we know what it means for our country back home. We enjoy going out and wearing the jersey.”
Jones sceptical of Pocock’s injury England coach Eddie Jones reckons the talk of Australia’s David Pocock being in doubt for Saturday’s Test is just predictable mind games from the Wallabies camp and fully expects the loose forward to play at Twickenham. “I hear this every time we play Australia – Pocock’s not going to be fit – so when I heard it I thought: ‘Here we go again.’ You know those merry-go-rounds? It’s a bit like that.” SOCCER
Baxter wants preparation time
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says it is vital that his team gets some preparations in before they take on Libya in their vital African Nations Cup qualifier in March. But the Briton admits there is little chance of organising a training camp or a friendly match outside of the window for international matches. “The fact that there is three months to the game means we will have to be active between now and then because we are going to get some of our six or seven players back from injury. And so those [players] will need to be reintegrated into the team.” Lebese wants out
The high-profile move to Mamelodi Sundowns did not go as he had expected‚ George Lebese has admitted‚ confirming he is looking for an exit from the club. “It didn’t happen the way I expected‚” said Lebese, who moved there from Kaizer Chiefs. “So‚ like a professional‚ I had a couple of meetings and I’m looking to make a move next year. It was disappointing. It was a childhood dream. I’m glad that it happened. No hard feelings. Like I said‚ it wasn’t what I thought it would be.”
PSL to probe Pirates-Sundowns clashes
The Premier Soccer League are investigating the skirmishes that took place between Orlando Pirates team officials and Mamelodi Sundowns security staff ahead of a premiership match at Loftus Versfeld almost two weeks ago‚ PSL prosecutor Nande Becker has said. Sundowns have laid criminal charges against Pirates at Sunnyside Police Station for damage to property and assault on a security officer.
Fans back points deductions for racism
Racist abuse from the stands remains widespread at football matches – and a large majority of fans don’t know how to report it, an international survey showed on Wednesday. More than half of 27,000 fans interviewed by British anti-discrimination body Kick It Out and Swedish-based Forza Football across 38 countries said they had heard racist abuse being hurled at matches. Fewer than a third knew who to go to to report it. But 60% backed the idea of teams losing points in the event of racist behaviour by fans.
Surgeon to officiate in Real Madrid game
Groundbreaking Spanish surgeon Cesar Noval will set aside the scalpel on Saturday and pick up an assistant referee’s flag to run the line as Eibar host Real Madrid in La Liga. Noval made headlines across Spain on Wednesday for carrying out an entire female-male sex change in a single marathon operation for a 29-year-old called “Rafa.”
Zampa spins Australia to victory
Adam Zampa picked up two wickets in a miserly spell of spin bowling as Australia edged India by four runs in an enthralling rain-shortened Twenty20 International on Wednesday.
Teen driver vows to race again
A 17-year-old racing driver who fractured her spine in a horrifying crash at the F3 Macau GP has vowed to return to the sport after surviving surgery lasting nearly half a day. “I survived the operation which took 11 hours. Hope from now on it only gets better,” German Sophia Floersch wrote on Facebook. “I’m going to come back!”
Win worth more than $9m: Mickelson Bragging rights will be worth more than the $9m prize money to Phil Mickelson when he takes on Tiger Woods in an 18-hole winner-takes-all pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas on Friday. “The bragging rights are what is going to be even worse than the money,” Mickelson said. But the obligatory trash talk around “The Match” has been forced and limp. Even an attempt to end the news conference with a traditional boxing nose-to-nose stare down ended with neither man able to keep a straight face for more than a few seconds before breaking into laughs and a hug.
Laid-back Aussie pair embrace favourites tag
Australian pair Mark Leishman and Cameron Smith are embracing the favourites tag at this week’s golf World Cup, insisting they are laid-back enough to deal with the pressure. Dylan Frittelli, 75 in the world, and Erik van Rooyen, 135th, are representing SA.
Venus settles lawsuit over fatal car crash Tennis star Venus Williams has settled a wrongful death suit related to a fatal traffic accident she was involved in near her Florida residence in June 2017, according to court records. Williams was originally found at fault for the accident, but police later decided not to charge her because video surveillance showed she entered the intersection lawfully and a car not involved in the collision forced her to stop in the intersection, where Williams’ vehicle was struck by the sedan driven by 68-year-old Linda Barson, whose husband Jerome, 78, died 13 days afterwards. - AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE