SPORTS DAY: Old hands back as selectors continue to tinker
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
JP on track for Proteas comeback
JP Duminy is in line to play for SA for the first time in five months after being included in the squad for the last two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka this week. There was no room for Reeza Hendricks nor Wiaan Mulder‚ but Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla are back in the mix in the selectors’ last chance to tinker before they name the World Cup squad. Kohli slams inconsistent DRS after defeat
Skipper Virat Kohli has slammed the decision review system as “not consistent” after India had a referral turned down by the TV umpire and went on to lose the fourth one-day international to Australia with a record 359-run chase in Mohali. “We were sloppy in the field and should’ve grabbed our chances,” Kohli said of his team’s fielding lapses. “But the DRS call was a bit of surprise for all of us and it’s becoming a more of a talking point every game. It’s just not consistent at all. That was a game-changing moment.”
Big three F1 giants are also biggest spenders
Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull were the three most successful teams in the F1 world championship in 2018, spending more money that the other seven teams combined. According to journalist Dieter Rencken, who each year collates the financial figures for Racefans.net, the cost of keeping two cars on track in the championship is around $100m. SOCCER
Baxter defends Bvuma inclusion
Kaizer Chiefs’ Bruce Bvuma is not likely to feature for Bafana Bafana in the crunch African Nations Cup qualifier against Libya on March 24, but his inclusion in coach Stuart Baxter’s squad as a third-choice goalkeeper was enough to elicit mixed reaction on Monday. ‘‘Probably he will not be competing for one of those two starting places. So this is a third goalkeeper and we do not want to experiment. ‘But we want to gain as much as we can for both the development of the game and the development of the player ... Bruce was in our system. ‘Bruce came with us to the Cosafa Cup (last year)‚ he was thrown into the deep end against Botswana and he did fantastically well.”
PSL hat-trick No 150
Mwape Musonda not only scored the first league hat trick in over a season when he helped Black Leopards achieve a come from behind 3-2 victory over Chippa United on Sunday, but also marked the 150th hat-trick of the Premier Soccer League era.
Returning hero Zidane set to replace Solari
Real Madrid will sack Santiago Solari and reappoint former coach Zinedine Zidane on Monday, according to multiple Spanish media reports. Zidane won an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League titles with Real before resigning in May last year. Madrid’s entire season has collapsed in the space of a week, with double Clasico defeats by Barcelona knocking them out of the Copa del Rey and leaving them 12 points adrift in La Liga.
‘Lives could be at risk after pitch invasions’ Former England striker Alan Shearer has warned that players’ lives could be at risk unless urgent action is taken to prevent pitch invaders as the Professional Footballers’ Association called for a full inquiry. Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was punched by a Birmingham fan and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was confronted on the pitch by an Arsenal supporter in two separate incidents on Sunday. It followed an episode on Friday in which Rangers captain James Tavernier was challenged by a pitch-invading Hibernian fan in his side’s stormy Scottish Premiership draw.
Blitzboks win in Canada
The Blitzboks returned to the top of the podium for the first time since Paris in June last year by winning the Vancouver leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series in the early hours of Sunday morning. SA‚ who have endured an indifferent campaign as coach Neil Powell rebuilds the team after losing key players in the off-season‚ beat surprise finalists France 21-12.
Diamond League to cut meetings and disciplines
Athletics’ Diamond League circuit will have a trimmer look and fewer meetings beginning in 2020 as the one-day competitions aim for a more consistent, fast moving format, the IAAF said on Monday. Meetings will be reduced from 14 to 12 competitions plus a final under concepts approved by the International Association of Athletics Federations Council in Doha. The number of disciplines will also be cut from 32 to 24 with 12 each for men and women and the longest event will be 3,000m. IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics
World athletics governing body IAAF said on Monday it had maintained a ban on Russia’s athletics federation over doping in the country until it receives data recently collected from a Moscow lab and financial compensation. Russia’s athletics federation has been suspended since 2015.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE