SPORTS DAY: IBO champs go head to head for top SA award
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Battle for Boxer of the Year
IBO world champions Kevin Lerena and Tulani Mbenge go up against each other in the battle for SA’s Boxer of the Year award for 2018. They are among five nominees, including Azinga Fuzile, for the male boxer of the year. The winner will be named at the Boxing Awards ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre on May 17. The nominees were announced on Monday.
Stormers travel without Bok trio
The Stormers will travel to Argentina to face the Jaguares without a trio of Springboks‚ due to injury and rotation. Captain Siya Kolisi and tighthead Frans Malherbe will miss the trip because of Springbok resting protocols. Flank Pieter-Steph du Toit’s shoulder injury‚ picked up during Saturday’s 24-23 win against the Bulls at Newlands‚ has ruled him out of the short tour.
Relentless Downs continue silverware battle
Mamelodi Sundowns’ never-ending run of games continues on Tuesday when they travel to Thohoyandou to tackle Black Leopards in a critical Absa Premiership clash that will have ramifications at both ends of the table. Sundowns could move level with leaders Orlando Pirates at the top of the table with a win‚ and ahead on goal-difference if they claim victory by five or more goals.
McCarthy wants to ruffle feathers
Benni McCarthy says he wants to toss a hand grenade among the title-chasing frontrunners and then sit back and enjoy watching what unfolds. “We like to ruffle a few feathers‚” joked the Cape Town City coach as he looked forward to Saturday’s meeting with log leaders Orlando Pirates at the Athlone Stadium. “I’m saying to Wits and Sundowns we are going to throw a hand grenade in the middle there and let them all fight it out with Pirates!
Celtic’s European Cup winner dies
Stevie Chalmers, scorer of Celtic’s winning goal in the 1967 European Cup final, has died at the age of 83, the club announced on Monday. Chalmers is the second member of the Scottish giants’ great “Lisbon Lions” side to die in the past week after captain Billy McNeill passed away aged 79.
Czech footballer dies after minibus crash
Czech international Josef Sural has died of injuries he sustained in a minibus crash while returning with teammates from a match in southern Turkey, his Turkish club Aytemiz Alanyaspor said on Monday. The club’s chairman said the accident occurred after both the drivers on the bus fell asleep.
Semenya decision to be announced on Wednesday
The decision on Caster Semenya’s challenge to continue competing without any restrictions will be announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport at noon on Wednesday. The double Olympic 800m champion is challenging the sport’s governing body, International Association of Athletics Federations, over its decision to restrict testosterone levels in female runners.
Gloves are off in F1 free-for-all
Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff has confirmed that the victorious Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton are free to fight for success without the restraints of team orders, as they showed in their scrap to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. In contrast to Ferrari, where team orders have been used frequently this season, Mercedes have handed responsibility to the drivers and not felt any need to ask them to hold positions.
Dubious catch sparks debate
Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali was at the centre of controversy after he claimed a catch despite apparently dropping the ball in their opening tour match against Kent. Video footage emerged on Monday that showed the seamer appeared to floor the catch, but Ali continued his celebration as the ball lay on the ground and the batsman was not given a reprieve by the umpire. The laws of cricket state that a catch is completed only when “a fielder obtains complete control over both the ball and his/her own movement”.
Hales bootedEngland batsman Alex Hales will not feature at the World Cup after being withdrawn from all international squads following an off-field incident not related to cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Monday. A report in the Guardian newspaper said the hard-hitting batsman was serving a ban from cricket for recreational drug use.– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE