SPORTS DAY: Cameron leaves on top of the world
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Golden sunset as Cameron quits on a high
Cameron van der Burgh won the fifth world championship gold medal of his career on Wednesday and then confirmed his retirement. The newly married 30-year-old, who recently relocated to London to pursue a career in finance, claimed victory in the 100m breaststroke in a 56.01sec championship record at the short-course (25m pool) showpiece in Hangzhou, China.
Sky drops bombshell with pullout
The future of cycling giant Team Sky was thrown into doubt on Wednesday after British media company Sky announced it was ending a partnership that has delivered six Tour de France titles in the past seven years. Team Sky have clocked up eight Grand Tour wins since their formation, but they have also been plunged into controversy for using special exemptions to administer drugs that can enhance performance. The outfit, which has 322 wins in total since 2010, will operate for the last season as Team Sky in 2019 and could continue under a different name if a new backer is found, Sky said.
Kermit returns to PSL
Kermit Erasmus is returning to the Premier Soccer League after Cape Town City added him to their squad‚ announcing his signing on Wednesday. He will be available to play from next month when the transfer window opens. Erasmus put pen to paper at the start of the week and arrives as the club have let Tokelo Rantie go without playing a game. Erasmus has been at Vitoria Setubal in Portugal after a brief spell in Sweden but was told he could go on free transfer at the end of the month.
‘I’ll fire him before he fires me’
Joel Masutha made a rapid-fire return to the Premier Soccer League coaching ranks and got his new career at Chippa United off to a positive start on Tuesday before warning he is no temporary fix at a club with a long history of dismissing coaches. “When I took the job I told myself that even if people are saying that he will fire me‚ I believe that I will fire him!” Masutha said in a reference to trigger-happy Chippa boss Siviwe Mpengesi‚ who is on his third coach this season after seeing off Dan Malesela and Eric Tinkler.
Middendorp promises change at Chiefs
Ernst Middendorp has said he has identified two or three key areas that need improving immediately as he begins his second tenure as Kaizer Chiefs head coach against SuperSport United at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday night. “It’s not like I will jump in and hammer them‚ or whatever. We are trying to put two or three elements. Not too much. Not to overload them.”
Kohli engineered Kumble exit, e-mail suggests The acrimonious exit of India’s cricket coach in 2017 was given a fresh twist on Wednesday as a leaked e-mail suggested captain Virat Kohli had “frequently” worked behind the scenes against him. Former coach Anil Kumble quit over a rift with Kohli in June 2017, saying his relationship with the skipper was “untenable”.
Langer ready for pacey track
Australia coach Justin Langer said on Wednesday he expected a pacey wicket at the new Perth Stadium for the second Test against India and declared “pretty boy” captain Tim Paine “ready to go” despite injury. Australia are looking to avenge a 31-run defeat in Adelaide. Langer said it appeared the wicket at the new stadium was similar to the fast track that made its predecessor, the WACA, a haven for pace bowlers. “I’m really fascinated and can’t wait to see what the wicket brings,” he said.
Marx, Dyanti headline SA awards nominees
Current SA Player of the Year Malcolm Marx and 2016 SA Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit are two of five nominees for this year’s South African Rugby Player of the Year award. Also on the list are Lions wing Aphiwe Dyantyi‚ who recently won the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year award, lock Franco Mostert and Bulls flyhalf Handré Pollard. Dyantyi‚ Mostert and Marx are also nominated in the 2018 Super Rugby Player of the Year category.
Under-fire Cheika ‘has to go’: Burke Wallabies legend Matt Burke has urged Rugby Australia to axe Michael Cheika along with his coaching staff after a review was announced into their positions less than a year before the World Cup. “I think they have to change it from the top down. Getting rid of the assistant coaches won’t be enough because it’s still the same voice,” said Burke. Rugby Australia has promised a decision on Cheika and his coaching staff “ahead of Christmas”.
Blind surfer says sea sets her free
Carmen Lopez can only imagine what the sea looks like, but the blind 21-year-old Spaniard is in her element riding the surf. Guided by instinct and signals whistled by her coach, Lopez has been training hard to become Spain’s first blind female athlete to enter the World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, California, on Wednesday. “The sea is where I feel peace and freedom, as if it were where I’m supposed to be,” she said, sitting on her surfboard after an hour and a half of wave-riding practice in the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain.
Great-granny becomes ‘oldest’ skydiver
A 102-year-old great-grandmother is believed to have become the world’s oldest skydiver after plunging 4,300m through the South Australian sky. Centenarian adrenaline junkie Irene O’Shea said she “felt normal” after a 220km/h dive that sent her cheeks flapping wildly. She completed her first skydive to mark her 100th birthday in 2016, but organisers claimed it was Sunday’s successful tandem dive at the age of 102 years and 194 days that earned her a place in the history books.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE