SPORTS DAY: What will Thierry Henry find in Foster?
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Pirates striker looking forward to Henry
AS Monaco-bound teenage striker Lyle Foster has already watched a Ligue 1 match inside the lively Stade Louis II in Fontvieille in the south of France recently and admitted that the experience did whet his appetite. The Orlando Pirates striker has signed a five-year contract with the former Ligue 1 champions and will join the Thierry Henry-coached club in January. “I think anyone or any player will be looking forward to working with him. He was a top striker.”
Banyana heartbreak for Jane
Banyana Banyana vice-captain Refiloe Jane has admitted that leaving the team’s camp on the eve of the Caf African Women’s Championship final against Nigeria in Ghana has left her with a heavy heart. The star midfielder will miss tournament showpiece on Saturday afternoon at the Accra Sports Stadium after her Australian club Canberra United exercised their right to recall her from the tournament. “A piece of me wants to play in the final but the other part of me wants me to go and chase my dream of playing pro football overseas‚” she said before leaving the team camp.
London derby offers Spurs chance to be kings Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur can cement their status as the top dogs in the capital if they end an eight-year wait and defeat Arsenal in the North London derby on Sunday. Spurs produced an outstanding display to crush Chelsea 3-1 last week and a repeat performance at The Emirates on Sunday would make them the leading London challengers to Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League title race. Tottenham have not won at Arsenal since 2010.
Australia rebuffs approach from Jake White
Rugby Australia has turned down an approach from SA’s 2007 World Cup-winning coach Jake White as media speculation swirls over the future of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika. The governing body confirmed White had approached Raelene Castle for a “conversation”. “Raelene was approached by Jake for a conversation but the call as reported will not be going ahead,” an RA spokesman said.
Blitzboks look for three in a row in Dubai
The HSBC World Sevens Series merry go round kicks off in Dubai on Friday with the Blitzboks looking to start the campaign positively again. Over the past two seasons they have won in Dubai and gone on to win the overall series. SA have the chance to win the World Series for a third straight year – a feat only achieved by New Zealand, when they won the first six in a row between 2000 and 2005.
Nortje injury blow for Blitz
There’s good news for the Tshwane Spartans – but bad news for the Cape Town Blitz – as fast bowler Anrich Nortje has been ruled out for the rest of the Mzansi Super League with an ankle injury.
Clarke rages on in war of words
Michael Clarke has branded a prominent Australian sports journalist a “headline chasing coward” in a rant on social media after the broadcaster linked the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal with cultural failings during his captaincy. Journalist Gerard Whateley said on radio that Australia had become the “most despised team in world cricket ... a scourge that is part of Clarke’s legacy.” Clarke retaliated: “I played to win, but played by the rules of the game and to a similar level of aggression to the other international teams I played against.”
Cheaters galore to face action
Shenzhen Half-Marathon organisers have vowed that the 258 participants caught cheating during last weekend’s race will not be able to run away from punishment for their actions. As many as 18 runners found wearing fake bibs, as well as three impostors, face lifetime bans from the event. The 237 others, most of whom had taken shortcuts during the race and were caught out by traffic cameras and local photographers, could be banned for two years.
Broken-club air swing counts as shot
John Sendon’s driver snapped on his downswing and he missed the ball in a freak air shot that sparked controversy at the Australian PGA Championships on the Gold Coast Thursday. The veteran Australian had pulled the driver above his head only for the shaft to snap near the grip as he brought it down towards the ball. The air swing counted as a shot.
Elon Musk pursues another tunnel
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has scrapped plans for a high-speed passenger tunnel under the West side of Los Angeles but is moving ahead with a similar proposal across town designed to whisk baseball fans to and from Dodger Stadium. Musk’s aptly named underground transit venture the Boring Company gave up on its development of a 4.4km tunnel in West LA to settle litigation brought by community groups opposed to the project.
Ancient Irish sport wins heritage status
The Irish sport of hurling – often described as “the fastest game on grass” – was granted Unesco special status on Thursday, adding it to the register of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.
Free deal for SA Olympians and Paralympians
SA athletes will get to train at no cost in Tokyo from next year until the 2020 Olympics, the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee said on Thursday. Sascoc said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Machida City, in the west side of Tokyo, similar to ones already signed with Iizuka City and the4 Fukuoka prefecture.
Extreme weather a ‘major’ issue for Tokyo 2020
The possibility of extreme summer heat and typhoons in Tokyo is a “major issue” for the 2020 Olympics, a top official said Thursday, admitting there would be a knock-on effect on the budget. Tokyo CEO Toshiro Muto said organisers were working on ways to mitigate the impact on athletes and fans.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE