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SPORTS DAY: Marx as Lions captain is a capital idea

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RUGBY
Marx to captain Lions
Malcolm Marx and not Elton Jantjies will lead the Lions in Saturday’s Super Rugby derby against the Bulls at Ellis Park. Marx‚ the Springbok hooker, was favoured over regular vice-captain Jantjies in the absence of Warren Whiteley who has been ruled out with a pectoral muscle injury for at least six weeks. Marx‚ a taciturn man of action‚ perhaps predictably said he prefers to lead by example. “I don’t like to talk much. If I have nothing to say I won’t say anything. Rather lead by actions because actions speak louder than words.”
Eben set to start for Stormers
Eben Etzebeth is set for his first Super Rugby start since the final round of the 2017 season when he slots into the Stormers’ second row for Saturday’s clash against the Sharks in Durban. Etzebeth is one of three changes to the starting lineup from the team that beat the Lions 19-17 at Newlands last weekend. Etzebeth returned to Super Rugby off the bench last week as the Stormers fought back from 14-6 down to snatch a dramatic win.
SA Rugby cautious over World League
SA Rugby won’t be bamboozled by money. That’s the assurance that its president Mark Alexander gave as talk around the proposed World League and its anticipated impact on the game escalated dramatically on Thursday. But World Rugby is riding roughshod over players’ concerns regarding their proposed League of Nations 12-team annual competition, claimed world player of the year Johnny Sexton. “While players gave this idea a cautious welcome when we met at the end of last year, it now seems like a commercial deal on the future of the game is being negotiated at a rapid pace with little consideration given to the important points we raised with World Rugby in November,” Sexton said. “The issue of player load has never been so topical, however it needs to be properly understood.”
SOCCER
Akpeyi to start for Chiefs
Daniel Akpeyi needs to show mental toughness so he isn’t distracted by his goalkeeping error in Kaizer Chiefs’ 1-1 Absa Premiership draw against Polokwane City, Amakhosi coach Ernst Middendorp has said. “I only hope that he has the right mentality to bounce back‚ and not getting any effects by it‚” Middendorp said on Thursday. “That’s a very clear understanding‚ and that is what you expect from it.”
ATHLETICS
Wayde eager to break his own world record
Wayde van Niekerk still experiences pain in his reconstructed right knee and he doesn’t know when he will regain his all-conquering form‚ but the Olympic and world champion wants to lower his 400m world record. “I’m going back to the [400m] to progress to the 42 [sub-43-second]‚” said Van Niekerk, owner of the 43.03sec mark he set at the Rio Olympics. He said he knew when he would return to serious competition again. “I do‚ but you won’t,” he told journalists on Thursday.
MOTOR SPORT
Ferrari say wheel rim issue caused crash
A wheel rim issue caused Sebastian Vettel’s crash in pre-season testing, Ferrari said on Thursday. The crash at turn three of the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday morning was the first setback for the 2018 runners-up with a new SF90 car that has otherwise looked impressively quick and reliable. “After thorough checks we found that Seb’s off yesterday was due to a rim issue,” a Ferrari spokeswoman said.“The rim had been damaged a few seconds before by an impact with a foreign object.”
TENNIS
Nadal blasts Kyrgios for ‘lack of respect’
Rafael Nadal accused Nick Kyrgios of lacking respect “for the public, the opponent and himself” after a stormy 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (8/6) defeat to the Australian firebrand at the Mexico Open. The 17-time major winner Nadal was furious with Kyrgios who at one stage complained of being sick, served underarm late in the match before cupping his ear to the boos of the crowd at the conclusion of the match. “He is a player with huge talent and could be winning Grand Slams or fighting for the number one ranking,” said Nadal. “But he lacks respect for the public, the opponent and for himself.”  Kyrgios, ranked 72 in the world, hit back. “He doesn’t know the journey I have been on, he doesn’t know anything about me.”
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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