SPORTS DAY: Keet and Tau up for some pretty lavish praise
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Khune says he will have to work to get back
Itumeleng Khune had the ultimate praise for Darren Keet’s superb goalkeeping display after Bafana Bafana beat Libya 2-1 to reach the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations‚ saying perhaps the Bidvest Wits man would keep possession of the national team gloves “for a long time”. “I will have to work twice as hard to win my No 1 back. But Darren Keet did extremely well. I wouldn’t be surprised if he keeps the jersey for a long period of time.”
Tau can follow in Benni’s footsteps: De Gama
Owen de Gama was the first Bafana Bafana coach to call Percy Tau into the full national team set-up when he selected the raw youngster for friendly games against Guinea-Bissau and Angola in March 2017. “I could see this was a boy who has got something special‚ something a little different‚” Da Gama said. “I knew he would get better and better‚ but I must admit he has become a more accomplished player than even I expected.” “I think he can follow in the footsteps of Benni McCarthy and play in those leagues‚ for sure,” he said, referring to Europe’s top leagues.
Nike fined for blocking cross-border sales
US sportswear maker Nike was hit with a €12.5m fine on Monday for blocking cross-border sales of soccer merchandise of some of Europe’s best-known clubs, the latest EU sanction against such restrictions. The European Commission said Nike’s illegal practices occurred between 2004 to 2017 and related to licensed merchandise for FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma and the French Football Federation. The European Union case focused on Nike’s role as a licensor for making and distributing licensed merchandise featuring a soccer club’s brands and not its own trademarks.
Pote hopes mauling was a one-off
Bulls coach Pote Human is hoping the 20-56 loss to the Chiefs was a one-off after a bye week. Human said his players looked flat and did not “pitch at all” for the contest after going a week without a game. “It was a humiliation for us. We were off our game, very poor. I really hope this is a blip, we know we are much better than this,” Human said. “It’s a bad one to take and if we play like this we’ll never get close to the playoff,” the coach warned.
Folau wants more high kicks
Soaring record try scorer Israel Folau wants his NSW Waratahs teammates to kick him more high bombs after the fullback’s aerial power set up a shock 20-12 win over champions Crusaders. Folau twice rose above the Crusaders defence to gather high kicks, one setting up a try for Cameron Clark and the second enabling the fullback to score a 59th Super Rugby try to match Doug Howlett’s record.
Read ready to return
There was some good news for the Crusaders after a difficult 10 days on Monday when All Blacks captain Kieran Read was declared available to play in Friday’s crunch Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes.
Richardson dislocates shoulder
Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson has dislocated his shoulder and will head home from the Pakistan tour, officials said, as he faces a battle to be fit for the World Cup. Richardson took 2-16 in the second one-dayer in Sharjah on Sunday but fell awkwardly on his bowling arm and left the field in the 11th over.
Mixed relay race for Europeans
The European cycling championships in August will feature a mixed-gender relay for the first time, the European Cycling Union announced on Monday. The event in Alkmaar in the Netherlands will see the format used ahead of its introduction to the world championships in September.
Suspicion surrounds Rio 2016 decisions
An internal investigation by amateur boxing’s world body AIBA has raised serious questions about the judging at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with particular suspicion falling on a French official, French newspaper Le Monde reported on Monday. France basked in the glow of six boxing medals in Rio, including golds for super heavyweight Tony Yoka and his now wife Estelle Mossely. Le Monde, which carried out the investigation with Bulgarian newspaper Bulgaria Today, said it had seen the internal AIBA report and emails that showed the body was concerned Bouzidi had influenced the decisions of so-called five-star judges in Olympic bouts.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE