SPORTS DAY: PSL may dock Downs a point over Arendse
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
PSL charges Mamelodi Sundowns Mamelodi Sundowns face being docked a point after the PSL charged them in a case that dates back to October. Sundowns stand accused of fielding defender Wayne Arendse in the 1-1 draw with BidVest Wits on October 7‚ despite the fact that he did not appear on their original team list of 18 players for the match.
Libya continue to frustrate SA
SA are still to be informed where they will play Libya in their decisive African Nations Cup qualifier next month‚ causing some concern over arrangements for the team. Bafana have to avoid defeat against Libya in their last Group E game to book a berth at the Nations Cup tournament in Egypt in mid-year. Libya‚ who must win to qualify themselves at the expense of SA‚ are yet to make a call on where and exactly when they will host Bafana on the weekend of March 22-24. The Libyan Football Association has until a month before the match to decide. SA u20 bracing for battle against Nigeria
SA coach Thabo Senong is bracing for a tactical battle against old foes Nigeria as his side seeks to take a step closer to the semifinals of the African Under-20 Championships in Niamey on Tuesday. Amajita drew their Group A opener with hosts Niger 1-1 but now face Nigeria‚ who breezed to a 2-0 success over Burundi in the other pool match. RUGBY
Stormers face storm clouds
There were glimpses of how good the Stormers could be during their 33-28 win over the Bulls in a pre-season Super Hero Sunday clash at the weekend‚ but the silver lining is surrounded by a dark cloud. Elected officials are trying to wrestle power from the professional arm. The professional body has agreed to begin an exit strategy for controversial coach Paul Treu‚ who is out of favour with players, but the officials want Treu not only to stay on‚ but also to be promoted to director of rugby. Stander in fitness battle Ireland No 8 CJ Stander could miss at least two Six Nations matches after suffering facial injuries against England last weekend.
Larkham sacked Rugby World Cup winner Stephen Larkham has been sacked as the Wallabies attack coach by head coach Michael Cheika and been moved into a new role with Rugby Australia, the organisation said on Monday.
Is Gibson headed back to England?
Ottis Gibson could be on his way back to England‚ regardless of whether he guides SA to World Cup glory. The UK Sunday Times reports that Gibson is “keen to replace Trevor Bayliss” as England coach when the Australian’s contract expires in September. The report was denied by SA’s team management: “Ottis hasn’t spoken to anyone at the ECB or anywhere else. He doesn’t know where this is coming from.”
Smith and Warner to play ‘huge’ part in Ashes
Skipper Tim Paine on Monday said he expects the banned Steve Smith and David Warner to play “a huge” role in this year’s Ashes series against England, with Australia now in “a really good place”. “I see ... them having a huge part in us winning the series. That’s how I see how important they are to this team,” Paine said after his team won the second Test against Sri Lanka.
Brady wants to win No 7
Tom Brady made history by winning his sixth Super Bowl ring on Sunday night, now he is determined to win No 7. He shook his head when asked whether he might step away after his record-setting victory. “It doesn’t change anything,” said the 41-year-old, who won his first title with the New England Patriots 17 years ago. The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in the lowest scoring NFL championship game in history on Sunday.
Fowler downs Grace in Phoenix
Rickie Fowler survived a nervy back nine on Sunday to shoot a three-over 74, out-duelling SA’s Branden Grace down the stretch to win the Phoenix Open for his fifth US PGA Tour title. Grace, who briefly held the lead on Sunday but made a bogey on 17, fired his second straight two-under 69 to finish alone in second.
Notorious ace Nykanen dead at 55
Finnish ski jumping ace Matti Nykanen, who after his sporting career made headlines as a pop singer and stripper and did repeated stints in prison for assault, has died suddenly aged 55. Nykanen, arguably the best ski jumper of all time, dominated the sport in the 1980s when he won four Olympic gold medals, six world titles and the World Cup four times. His illustrious career was tarnished by 25 years of repeated reports of alcohol abuse and violence against his friends and many wives.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE