SPORTS DAY: Holding thumbs that Mothiba clicks on Sunday

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SPORTS DAY: Holding thumbs that Mothiba clicks on Sunday

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SOCCER
Lebogang Mothiba could be Bafana’s trump card
Libya are sure to have done their research on him‚ but that does not mean they will necessarily be able to contend with Bafana Bafana’s hottest young striking property, Lebogang Mothiba, in Sfax on Sunday. Bafana need a draw from the Group E Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Tunisia‚ and Libya need a win‚ to reach Egypt 2019 in June and July. RUGBY
Sunwolves to be cut from Super Rugby The Sunwolves will be cut from Super Rugby and the competition will return to a 14-team format. The decision is set to be announced by SA‚ New Zealand‚ Australia and Argentina Rugby (Sanzaar) on Friday following a board meeting last week, a source confirmed to TimesLIVE. The decision is based on many factors‚ such as travel‚ their value to the tournament and the cost of sending teams to Asia.
Crusaders, Waratahs to pay tribute to attack victims
Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said the nine-times Super Rugby champions would be playing for the Christchurch “community” on Saturday when they turn out for their first match since the deadly mosque shootings in the city. The Christchurch-based team, who are considering changing their name after the attacks because of its association with the medieval religious wars between Christians and Muslims, meet the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday night. Both teams will unite in minute’s silence before the match in tribute to the 50 people who died in the attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city last Friday.
CRICKET
Warriors batsman Qeshile could make Proteas debut
Things have happened very quickly for Warriors batsman Sinethemba Qeshile and he is likely to make his Proteas debut in the second T20 against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park on Friday night. The 20-year-old from East London‚ who also doubles up as wicketkeeper‚ made his first class and List A debuts last year but his recent performances in the Momentum One Day Cup did not go unnoticed by the selectors. He has scored 277 runs after nine matches in the One Day Cup‚ which includes two half centuries and one century‚ and his highest score is an unbeaten 121.
TENNIS
Osaka silent over ex-coach lawsuit
World number one Naomi Osaka has refused to become embroiled in a dispute with one of her former coaches who is suing her for 20% of her career earnings. Christophe Jean, who helped the Japanese two-time Grand Slam champion when she was a junior, wants at least $2m of the $10m of her earnings to date.
GOLF
Els names Choi, Immelman, Weir as assistants
International team captain Ernie Els has named South Korea’s KJ Choi, fellow South African Trevor Immelman and Canada’s Mike Weir as his final three assistants for this year’s Presidents Cup in Melbourne. Els had already picked Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy as one of his four helpers for the tournament against the Tiger Woods-led Americans at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club – Australia’s oldest – from December 12-15. Choi and Weir were assistants to skipper Nick Price in 2015, while Immelman will be making his debut in the role.
HORSERACING
Frost to miss Grand National with broken collarbone
Jockey Bryony Frost will miss next month’s Grand National meeting after breaking her collarbone in a fall four days after her victory at the Cheltenham Festival, the 23-year-old said on Thursday. Frost, who last week became the first woman to ride a top-level Grade One Cheltenham Festival winner aboard Frodon in the Ryanair Chase, was injured after falling from Midnight Bliss at Southwell on Monday. The Grand National meeting will be held at Aintree from April 4-6. Frost finished fifth on Milansbar in last year’s National.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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