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SPORTS DAY: Hendricks back after dodgy ticker fixed

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RUGBY
Hendricks’s heart pumping again for the sport Former international winger Cornal Hendricks is set for a remarkable return to Super Rugby this weekend, some three years after being told playing on could cause cardiac arrest and cost him his life. A heart defect resulted in doctors telling Hendricks at the end of 2015 he would have to quit the game but he has now been given the all clear to resume his career at the age of 30. “I was in a dark place after the doctors told me my career was over,” said Hendricks, who could play for the Bulls against the Stormers on Saturday. “I endured physical pain, but sometimes the emotional pain was so bad I would just curl up in bed and refuse to have contact with the outside world, or even speak to my family.” SOCCER
Chiefs and Magic are worlds apart
The players at amateur side Magic FC earn an average of R2,000 a month and the ABC Motsepe League club’s overall monthly budget sits at around R120,000 a month. This is in stark contrast to star-studded Nedbank Cup Last 16 opponents Kaizer Chiefs who receive a R26m annual grant from the Premier Soccer League‚ have several corporate backers in their corner‚ are supported by millions of fans around the country‚ sell millions in merchandise and have several players who earn way above Magic FC’s monthly budget. The Chiefs parking area at the club’s world class Naturena headquarters in the south of Johannesburg would put many car showrooms to shame, while at Magic FC some players catch taxis or hitch rides to training.
Bafana still in the dark
Bafana Bafana team manager Barney Kujane remains stuck in Johannesburg after rivals Libya continued to play mind games with the SA Football Association (Safa) and refused to reveal the logistics of next month’s crucial African Nations Cup qualifier between the two sides. Kujane was supposed to depart for North Africa to inspect facilities this week but Safa still have no clue whether the game will be played either in Tunisia or Egypt‚ and on which date. Teenager told to stay grounded
AS Roma teenager Nicolo Zaniolo has been told to keep his feet on the ground after he became the youngest Italian to score twice in a Champions League match as they beat visiting Porto 2-1 in their last 16, first leg. Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco sent out the warning after the 19-year-old scored his brace for the Serie A side in six second-half minutes at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday.
TENNIS
Querrey downs Harris
American Sam Querrey fired his 13th ace on match point to dispatch rising SA talent Lloyd Harris 7-6 (2) 6-2 in the first round of the New York Open. The big-serving Querrey proved too strong for 21-year-old Harris, the second-highest ranked South African and a rising star who made it through qualifiers to compete in last year’s US Open and this year’s Australian Open.
GOLF
Woods names trio as assistants First-time US Presidents Cup captain Tiger Woods on Wednesday named the experienced Fred Couples, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson as three of his assistants for the showdown against the International team in Melbourne later this year. The 14-time major champion tapped former captains Couples and Stricker, while injecting new blood to the leadership team in the shape of the former Open Championship and Masters winner Johnson for the December 12-15 event.
BOXING
Joshua to fight in US
Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against Jarrell Miller in his US debut at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1. “It has been an honour and a blessing to fight at some of the best venues in the world at home in the UK, not least Wembley Stadium, but the time has come to head across the Atlantic and defend my Heavyweight titles in the USA,” said Joshua.
MOTOR SPORT
Hamilton fires F1 title warning
Lewis Hamilton has delivered an ominous warning to his Formula One rivals by vowing to improve on his almost flawless championship-winning campaign in his Mercedes car. “2018 was a great year, but I feel like 2019 can be even better,” he said. “I want to achieve more, I want to continue to keep pushing. I feel energised and I am ready to attack,” said Hamilton.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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