SPORTS DAY: Hendricks in as Amla pulls out of ODI squad

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SPORTS DAY: Hendricks in as Amla pulls out of ODI squad

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CRICKET
Amla to miss last two ODIs
Veteran batsman Hashim Amla has pulled out of the Proteas ODI squad to play Sri Lanka for family reasons, granting a reprieve for opener Reeza Hendricks who had been dropped for the final two matches of the series. “Hashim has asked to be excused from the last two ODIs of the current series on compassionate grounds since his father is critically ill,” said Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee.
RUGBY
Louw signs new deal with Bath Veteran Springbok Francois Louw has signed a new contract with Bath that will extend his stay at the English Premiership side into a ninth season. The 33-year-old backrow forward, capped 65 times by the Springboks, has made 130 appearances for Bath since arriving from the Stormers eight seasons ago. Sharks must cope without Ward
As if the Sharks don’t have major headaches to deal with after losing two consecutive Super Rugby derbies‚ they have to cope with Jeremy Ward’s five-week suspension for a dangerous tackle. Ward‚ who started at inside centre for the Sharks in their 37-14 defeat to the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday‚ was cited for a dangerous tackle on Bulls wing Rosko Specman.
Young French forward suffers stroke Grenoble’s 20-year-old back-rower Antonin Berruyer will not play again this season after suffering a stroke, the Top 14 club said on Tuesday. Berruyer, part of France’s 2018 under-20 World Cup winning squad, reportedly became dizzy while in his room at the club’s youth facility last week and was taken to hospital. The club said he had undergone tests on Monday and would return home at the weekend.
SOCCER
Sundowns eyeing continental half century
Mamelodi Sundowns are chasing a significant milestone in Morocco this weekend as they hope to become the first SA side to record 50 victories in the African Champions League when they take on Wydad Casablanca. Sundowns have played 94 matches in their 25 years of competing in Africa’s elite club competition, and have out-scored their opponents 139-83 in that time. The team with the next most number of wins is Orlando Pirates‚ who have claimed 36 victories in 79 games. Kaizer Chiefs have 16 wins and SuperSport 11.
Middendorp praises Chiefs academy
Kaizer Chiefs’ debutant Nkosingiphile Ngcobo‚ who starred in the team’s 1-0 win over Maritzburg United at the weekend‚ has “huge potential”‚ Amakhosi coach Ernst Middendorp says. He also paid tribute to Chiefs’ academy‚ as Ngcobo has become the second exciting promoted prospect after winger Happy Mashiane to earn a debut this season. “Definitely‚ I saw it already in December‚ with Ngcobo – that he has a huge potential‚” Middendorp said. “It’s the fantastic work at the academy‚ under the leadership of [Chiefs U-19 coach] Sundra Govinder. They come from there – Happy Mashiane comes from there.”
Zidane will have ‘unprecedented power’
Spanish media on Tuesday hailed Zinedine Zidane’s surprising restoration as Real Madrid coach as the “return of the hero” and said the “saviour” was also the “last shot” of the struggling European champions. “The incoming boss has also been assured that he will be fully in charge of every aspect of the running of the team, including signings,” wrote AS, a Madrid-based paper, pointing out that this was “unprecedented power” for a Real coach.
CYCLING
Cavendish blown out of Cycling’s Paris-Nice
Britain’s Mark Cavendish was one of the riders who failed to embark on Tuesday’s stage of Paris-Nice having pulled out Monday in gale force winds that caused mayhem in the peloton, leaving a series of other riders heading for the hospital after falls. The 33-year-old former Team Sky rider, who is returning from Epstein Barr virus, was not one of those injured in the gruelling racing conditions.
OLYMPICS
British Olympic team set to have more women
Great Britain’s team for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is on course to contain more women than men for the first time, chief de mission Mark England has told the BBC. The number of women in the British team could rise above 50% from 44% at Rio in 2016, he added. “For the first time it looks like we might have more women than men in the Great Britain team for Tokyo as we see the fruition of some fabulous athletic talent,” said England.
E-SPORTS
Gaming hits big time, with or without Olympics
eSports’ bid to reach the Olympics may be on hold but backing from big sponsors and a relentless march into the mainstream raise the question of whether it needs the Games at all. With sportswear giant Nike last month announcing its sponsorship of China’s Legends Pro League, video gaming already bears the hallmarks of any successful sport. Adidas, Mercedes and BMW are some of the other global brands to jump on board, while McDonald’s dropped its sponsorship of Germany’s national football team to focus on eSports.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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