SPORTS DAY: Ref Owens up over that Farrell tackle

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SPORTS DAY: Ref Owens up over that Farrell tackle

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RUGBY
Ref admits he got it wrong on Farrell tackle
In a shocking admission‚ Australian referee Angus Gardner admitted to making an error by not penalising England flyhalf Owen Farrell for his illegal tackle on Springbok centre Andre Esterhuizen earlier this month. Gardner won World Rugby’s referee of the year award in an awards function in Monaco on Sunday night and was speaking on former England centre Will Greenwood’s podcast. “I think in hindsight now‚ having discussed it with other referees and having had some mini-camps post that game‚ a penalty should have been the outcome there and it should have been given‚” Gardner said. “I think we need to see a wrap with both arms.”
Burgess blames ‘selfish’ players for flop Former England rugby union international Sam Burgess has said “individual egos” and “selfish players” were responsible for the host side’s dismal display at the 2015 World Cup. “If people actually rewatched the games I participated in you will see I added to the team,” Burgess, who switched back to rugby league soon after the tournament, said on his verified Twitter account. “What cost us an early exit was individual egos and selfish players not following our leader.” Blitzboks send Impi into battle
Blitzboks coach Neil Powell is introducing a new player in Impi Visser in Dubai in Dubai this weekend. The 23-year-old mechanical engineering graduate is relishing the opportunity. “It was a dream of mine to play in the Green and Gold and now it will come true‚” Visser said from Dubai where the team is preparing.
SOCCER
Jordaan praises triumphant Banyana
SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan has hailed Banyana Banyana’s qualification for the Fifa Women’s World Cup by beating Mali 2-0 in their African Women’s Championship semifinal in Ghana on Tuesday night. “Banyana are in my view the best team in this African Cup of Nations. So I believe that we’ve got a very good chance to win against Nigeria on Saturday,” said Jordaan. Banyana beat Nigeria in their opening group match.
Mourinho still has a lot of bottle
Jose Mourinho once again stole the show from his players, smashing drinks crates to the ground after Marouane Fellaini’s late winner took Manchester United into the Champions League knockout stages and eliciting headlines on Wednesday such as “Bottle of Red”. The volatile 55-year-old Portuguese – whose mood swings and barbed remarks about virtually all his players and the transfer policy of the board have cast a pall over the club this season – said the violence of his reaction was the product of several factors. “Relief,” Mourinho said of his celebrations. “Frustration before that and relief with the goal.”
Ronaldo hits 100 Champions League wins Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri hailed the impact Cristiano Ronaldo was having on the Italian champions as the Portuguese star became the first player to achieve 100 Champions League wins in Tuesday’s 1-0 success over Valencia that clinched their passage to the knockout rounds. “Ronaldo gives us a sense of security and confidence,” said Allegri of the beaten finalists in two of the last four editions of the elite European competition.
Dead man still walking after ‘grave mistake’
News of footballer Fernando Nuno La Fuente’s death, as American author Mark Twain said of reports of his own demise, have been greatly exaggerated and prompted an abject apology from his Irish club Ballybrack FC. The south Dublin outfit had reported they were not feeling up to playing their Leinster League match with Arklow due to the Spanish player’s death in a motorbike accident early on Friday morning. “This grave and unacceptable mistake was completely out of character and was made by a person who has been experiencing severe personal difficulties unbeknownst to any other members of the club,” said the club. They didn’t know if it had been a simple mistake or a ploy to have the match cancelled.
CRICKET
We’re not going to win shit, warns Clarke
Former captain Michael Clarke has slammed attempts to improve Australian cricket’s image in the wake of a cheating scandal, insisting the national team “won’t win a game” without its infamous abrasive attitude. Clarke said fans wanted victory more than they wanted a likeable team and Australia’s winning legacy was built on its hard-nosed attitude. “If you try and walk away from it, we might be the most liked team in the world, we’re not going to win shit,” he said. Bayliss wants ‘exemplary’ Stokes to avoid ban
England coach Trevor Bayliss is hopeful that Ben Stokes’s “exemplary” conduct since an altercation outside a nightclub in 2017 can help the all-rounder avoid a ban ahead of the side’s tour of the West Indies starting in January. Stokes and batsman Alex Hales face a disciplinary hearing early next month after the England and Wales Cricket Board had charged the pair with bringing the game into disrepute following the September 2017 incident in Bristol.
MOTOR SPORT
F1 podium monopoly is unacceptable: Brawn
The top three teams’ domination of the F1 podium over the past two seasons is unacceptable and has to change, the sport’s managing director for motorsport Ross Brawn said on Wednesday. Force India’s Sergio Perez was the only driver outside Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull to finish a grand prix in the top three in this year’s 21 races. “It’s a problem we are tackling together with the [governing] FIA and the teams, because the future of Formula One depends on it.”
OLYMPICS
Tokyo is best-prepared, says Bach
IOC chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday that Tokyo was the best-prepared host Olympic city he could remember, with just more than 600 days to go until the 2020 Opening Ceremony. Speaking to representatives from 206 Olympic Committees from around the world, Bach noted he had some “unfortunate” experiences with the preparations of some Olympic Games.​
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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