SPORTS DAY: Body blow as Olivier rejects Cricket SA deal

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SPORTS DAY: Body blow as Olivier rejects Cricket SA deal

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CRICKET
Kolpak delivers another KO
Kolpak claimed another South African on Tuesday when Yorkshire revealed that Duanne Olivier had signed a three-year deal with the county. They trumped Cricket SA‚ who said Olivier had rejected the offer of a two-year contract. The news will hit cricket-minded SA fans hard‚ particularly as Olivier’s form has been an important part of their team’s bowling success this summer.
Jayasuriya banned for two years
Sri Lanka batting great Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from all cricket for two years after breaching two counts of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code, the world governing body said on Tuesday. The ICC said the former captain had refused to cooperate with any investigation conducted by its anti-corruption unit under Article 2.4.6 of the anti-corruption code. It said the 49-year-old had also been sanctioned for trying to conceal, destroy or tamper with evidence that could be crucial to anti-corruption investigation under Article 2.4.7 of the code.
Windies ready to spring World Cup surprise
West Indies have not won a bilateral one-day series in close to five years but they can shock any team at the World Cup, interim coach Richard Pybus has said. “I know the right West Indies combination with a fully-focused side can beat anyone on their day,” Pybus told reporters. “I wasn’t at the World Cup qualifiers but, with the group of guys we have now, we feel confident (we) could take down anyone on their day.” Pybus’s comments were echoed by England coach Trevor Bayliss.
SOCCER
Benni plays down touchline fracas
Benni McCarthy has played down the touchline fracas that delayed the end of Cape Town City’s 3-2 Absa Premiership victory over Maritzurg United‚ saying he played peacemaker and likening United to a snapping dog trapped in a corner. But TV pictures of the fighting in the tunnel contradict McCarthy’s assertion as he rushed from his bench to join in the commotion and is seen with one hand on the throat of a Maritzburg staff member. His feisty temper and frequent run-ins with referees on the side of the pitch are tarnishing his golden image‚ even while his team excels on the pitch.
Mahlambi was not coached properly: Pitso
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane came out with guns blazing when he said star player Phakamani Mahlambi was never coached properly. He said Mahlambi is a long way from becoming a complete player and he still needs to work hard on the deceptive star who scored against former club Bidvest Wits in a 1-1 drawn Premiership match in Milpark on Saturday. “Ey Phaka [Mahlambi]‚ ey I have a lot of work to do with Phaka‚” Mosimane said. “Phaka … eish he’s raw‚ raw‚ raw‚ huh. Phaka we are starting to coach him on how to play football at the club.”
Kepa fined, apologises for mutiny Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fined a week’s wages by the club after defying manager Maurizio Sarri and refusing to be substituted during the League Cup final on Sunday.
Celtic boss closes in on vacant Leicester job
Brendan Rodgers is set to become Leicester City’s new manager after Celtic “reluctantly” gave him permission to speak to the Premier League club on Tuesday.
RUGBY
Lions suffer injury blow
The Lions have been dealt a significant blow with the news that captain Warren Whiteley will be out of action for at least six weeks with a pectoral muscle injury. The rosiest prognosis will see Whiteley return for the derby clash against the Sharks April 5 at Ellis Park‚ while the worst will see him run out against the Chiefs in Hamilton two weeks later.
Australia won’t follow SA on overseas players
Australia will not be following SA by scrapping its restrictions on overseas-based players representing their country, Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle has said. SA scrapped a  30-cap threshold for overseas-based players to play Test rugby, but Castle said the 60-cap minimum in Australia was working well.
Latu suspended for six weeks
Waratahs hooker Silatolu Latu was suspended for six weeks on Tuesday after pleading guilty to dangerous play late in his side’s tight Super Rugby win over Japan’s Sunwolves. Latu was cited under laws preventing players from illegally charging into a ruck or maul after the incident in the 79th minute of the 31-30 Waratahs win in Tokyo.
GOLF
Wie eyes No 1 spot after return from surgery
Michelle Wie believes a rebuilt wrist and a remodelled swing can power her to the top of golf’s world rankings for the first time as she sets out to defend her title at “Asia’s Major” in Singapore this week. “Being number one in the world is the most important thing to me,” said the 29-year-old American,  who had been battling arthritis in both wrists and since the operation last October has reconfigured her swing to limit the pain and prevent long-term damage.
TABLE TENNIS
China goes on war footing for Tokyo 2020
Chinese table tennis has gone on a war footing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, vowing to dock coaches their pay and demote them if they fail to keep the country at the pinnacle of the sport. China top the men’s, women’s and team world rankings, while the country has won all 12 gold medals on offer across the last three Olympics. But open dissent broke out in 2017 when three of China’s top men pulled out of a home tournament in protest at the removal of head coach Liu Guoliang. Liu is now back in favour.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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