SPORTS DAY: Bulls not cowed by Jaguares loss, says Pollard
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Bulls are over Juguares defeat, says Pollard
Bulls stand-in captain Handrè Pollard says they have put their 12-27 setback against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires last weekend behind them and they are prepared to make amends in the Super Rugby derby against the Lions on Saturday. “Absolutely‚ we are hard on ourselves when things don’t go right because we have set high standards‚” he said at Loftus on Wednesday where coach Pote Human made a few injury-enforced changes to the team to make the short trip across the Jukskei to face the Lions. “We are a process and results-driven team and the Argentina result left us all frustrated for a couple of days.”
Baxter happy after Libyan announcement
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has said that Sfax in Tunisia is “about the best” venue the national team could have got for their huge final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya on March 24. “I think the venue is as good as we can get. I mean you can suspect that there’s going to be‚ let’s say in inverted commas‚ surprises‚ no matter where we’re going to go‚” he said.
Jordaan expects Bafana to qualify
SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan has said that with several high-profile players returning from injury he expects Bafana Bafana to be able to earn the point they need against Libya to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. SA need at least a draw to reach the 2019 Nations Cup in Egypt in June and July. Libya need a win. “The fortunate side for us is that most of the players who had long-term injuries are back‚” the Safa president said. “So the coach has got most of his squad available and we should be able to collect our point.”
‘Banyana can progress past group stage’
Canberra United star striker Rhoda Mulaudzi says Banyana Banyana have enough talent in their ranks to emerge from the group stages of this year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup. “Yes‚ it is possible for us to get out of the group at the World Cup but a lot is going to depend on our attitude and how much we want it‚” she said before her team’s 2-2 draw against Finland on Wednesday.
Nantes take Sala transfer dispute to Fifa
French club Nantes have referred their dispute with Cardiff City over the transfer fee of Emiliano Sala to Fifa, football’s governing body confirmed on Wednesday. The clubs are wrangling over payment of the fee following the tragic death of Argentinian Sala in an airplane accident in January. Nantes referred the matter to the sport’s global body after the Welsh side declined to pay an initial €6m.
Ramos charged with getting booked deliberately
European soccer’s governing body Uefa has charged Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos with “receiving a yellow card on purpose” in the club’s Champions League tie against Ajax Amsterdam earlier this month. Uefa decided to investigate the incident after Ramos told reporters he would “be lying if I said I didn’t force [the booking]”.
Fury to fight before Wilder rematch
Tyson Fury has informed the World Boxing Council he plans to fight an as yet unnamed opponent before any rematch with reigning heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, the WBC said on Tuesday. The WBC said on Twitter that it had been notified by Fury’s camp that the British fighter was planning another fight before climbing back into the ring with Wilder. Wilder and Fury fought to a draw in Los Angeles in December.
Alonso to test for McLaren in ambassador role
Two-times world champion Fernando Alonso will test McLaren’s 2019 F1 car and assist race drivers in a new ambassadorial role, the team announced on Wednesday. The Spaniard left F1 at the end of last season but attended pre-season testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday.
Ace for octogenarian
Bob Charles has proved that even at the age of 82 he can still swing a club better than most after New Zealand’s first golf major winner made a hole-in-one at a par-three tournament on Wednesday. Charles, who won the British Open at Royal Lytham in 1963, made the ace on the ninth and final hole of the New Zealand Open warm-up event at the Farm Course near Queenstown, South Island.
Five arrested in doping raids
Five athletes from Austria, Kazakhstan and Estonia were arrested on Wednesday in anti-doping raids at the Nordic skiing world championships in the Austrian resort of Seefeld, police said. The raids were part of a broader operation targeting a Germany-based “criminal organisation” suspected of having carried out blood doping for years, the Austrian police said.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE