SPORTS DAY: Is Mo Farah’s career getting back on track?
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Farah spurns world marathon spot
Britain’s Mo Farah has turned down the chance to contest the marathon at this year’s world championships in Doha, increasing the possibility of a return to the track. Farah, who finished fifth in Sunday’s London Marathon, had been eligible for selection for the British team, but has opted to decline his place. The 36-year-old four-time Olympic champion could now target a fourth successive world title over 10,000m instead, having claimed gold in Moscow in 2013, Beijing in 2015 and London in 2017. Farah turned his back on the track in 2017 to concentrate on long-distance road running, but he finished more than three minutes behind Kenyan winner Eliud Kipchoge on Sunday.
Joshua to fight Andy Ruiz jnr in New York
Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua will defend his titles against California-based Mexican Andy Ruiz jnr in New York on June 1. Joshua, the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world champion, had been scheduled to fight American Jarrell Miller but the New York State Athletic Commission refused to sanction the fight after Miller failed a drugs test. Ruiz is hoping to become Mexico’s first heavyweight world champion.
Tiger’s Masters a sporting ‘moon landing’: PGA chief
Tiger Woods’ epic victory at the Masters was a sporting equivalent of the moon landing which has triggered a ticket frenzy for the PGA championship, PGA of America chief Seth Waugh said Tuesday. Woods completed a fairytale comeback at Augusta on April 14, winning the 15th major of a career that had once seemed in irreversible decline after a series of lengthy injury layoffs. Waugh said Woods’ emotional win has triggered a new wave of perfectly timed Tiger-mania, as the PGA Championship tees off in its new May 16-19 slot in the calendar.
Folau row splitting Wallaby dressing room: reports
Controversy over rugby superstar Israel Folau’s homophobic comments is reportedly threatening to divide Wallabies players ahead of the World Cup, with some unwilling to play with the controversial fullback and others feeling their religion is under attack. Rugby Australia wants to sack the devoutly Christian Folau over a social media post that said “hell awaits” gay people and the matter will be heard at a code of conduct hearing on Saturday.
SOCCERSundowns offer free entry to Champions League semiIn a bid to create an intimidating atmosphere at Lucas Moripe Stadium for their Caf Champions League second leg semifinal against Wydad Casablanca on Saturday‚ Mamelodi Sundowns have announced that fans wearing yellow will be allowed free entrance into the venue. The Brazilians take on the Moroccan giants trailing 2-1 from the first leg that was played in Rabat last weekend.Giant-slayers Ajax can go all the way: Dutch pressAjax’s fairytale season continues with a Champions League final now within reach for the first time in 23 years, Dutch media gushed on Wednesday following the Amsterdam underdogs’ 1-0 victory in the semifinal first leg over Tottenham in London. CRICKETCall for new laws as rain dumps Kohli out of IPL Cricket pundits on Wednesday called for fresh ideas to prevent key games being abandoned without a result after Virat Kohli’s team crashed out of the Indian Premier League following a rain-hit match. Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore were locked in a must-win game against Rajasthan Royals but the match was abandoned late Tuesday due to heavy downpours. Former SA captain Shaun Pollock suggested the match could have started earlier if more “adaptable” rules had allowed bowlers to all use the same, drier end of the pitch.
MOTOR RACINGAlonso makes Le Mans his endurance swansongFernando Alonso will quit endurance racing after June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, which he won last year, the Toyota team said on Wednesday. The Japanese team said Alonso, who twice won the F1 world championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006, had set himself fresh motor sports targets. The 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia is thought to be high on his agenda after he tested the Toyota Hilux in South Africa alongside 2009 Dakar champion Giniel de Villiers. Alonso races the Indy 500 later this month in his triple crown (Monaco GP, Le Mans and the Indy) bid.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE