SPORTS DAY: Whiteley and Marx back to jinx Tahs
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Whiteley returns for the Lions
The Lions will have their inspirational leader Warren Whiteley back for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Waratahs at Ellis Park. Whiteley‚ who had been missing through injury over the last few weeks‚ is back to lead the side that also includes fellow returnees hooker Malcolm Marx‚ wing Courtnall Skosan‚ flank Vincent Tshituka and centre Harold Vorster. Whiteley’s return comes as a huge boost to the starting XV that is almost at full strength.
Pote wants Bulls to raise their game
Bulls coach Pote Human has urged his inconsistent troops to raise their game and surprise the all-conquering Crusaders when the two sides meet in their Super Rugby clash at Loftus on Friday night. The Crusaders were held to a 21-21 draw by the Sharks in Christchurch last weekend. “I really believe that this is the best possible side that we have put up. It is going to be difficult against a team of the Crusaders’ quality but I have confidence in the guys‚” said Human.
Sharks make three changes
With the prospect of an unexpected unbeaten tour looming large‚ Sharks coach Robert du Preez has made three changes to his side for Saturday’s clash against the Chiefs. Hyron Andrews and Philip van der Walt will start at lock and No8 respectively‚ coming in for Rubin van Heerden and Daniel du Preez. Marius Louw replaces Andre Esterhuizen at inside centre.
PSL appeal to be heard on Friday
The SA Football Association‚ barring late complications‚ will hear the arbitration matter involving the Premier Soccer League’s appeal of a sentence regarding Mamelodi Sundowns and an ineligible player on Friday. Sundowns were found guilty by a PSL disciplinary committee and fined R250‚000‚ half suspended‚ for fielding ineligible Wayne Arendse in a 1-1 Absa Premiership draw against Bidvest Wits at Loftus Versfeld in October. The PSL have appealed the sentence of their DC at a Safa arbitration‚ requesting that‚ instead of a monetary fine‚ a 3-0 victory be awarded to Wits.
Beckham banned for using phone at wheel
Former England footballer David Beckham was on Thursday disqualified from driving for six months after using his phone while behind the wheel. The 44-year-old admitted the offence after being spotted by a member of the public as he drove his Bentley in London on November 21.
La Liga posts record financial figures
Spain’s football league, La Liga, announced on Thursday that their clubs had posted a record revenue of €4.479bn (R72bn) for the 2017-18 season. The number marks a 20.6% growth from the previous campaign (€3.6bn) and therefore becomes the best in the competition’s history.
IAAF give Caster no 1,500m reprieve
The IAAF have poured cold water on hopes that the 1‚500m and mile events could be removed from their controversial female eligibility regulations. The Court of Arbitration for Sport, ruling against Caster Semenya in her challenge of the world governing body’s rules, had noted “the paucity of evidence to justify the inclusion of” the two events. But the IAAF said it would not reconsider this event – one of Semenya’s three races alongside the 800m and 400m. “We believe there is enough evidence from the field across all the disciplines covered by our regulations‚ so the 1‚500m and the mile will remain included in the regulations.”
Fuzile eliminator set to go to purse bids
Azinga Fuzile’s world title eliminator against Kenichi Ogawa of Japan is set to go purse bids after all. This is after the two camps failed to reach agreement on the venue and money for the fight-off to determine the mandatory challenger for Tevin Farmer’s IBF junior-lightweight crown.
First wave of Tokyo tickets up for grabs
The first tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics went on sale on Thursday, with Japanese residents able to enter a lottery to watch the sport of their choice. Tickets for the 33 sports range from the cheapest general tickets at 2,500 yen (R330) to an eye-watering 300,000 yen (more than R39,000) for the best seats at the opening ceremony. Those lucky enough to score the best seats for the showcase men’s 100m final will pay 130,000 yen (R17,260). But half of all tickets will be priced at 8,000 yen (R1,050) or less.
Hamilton seeks hat-trick
Lewis Hamilton will seek to complete a hat-trick of Catalan triumphs and regain the lead in this year’s drivers’ world championship as F1 returns home to this year’s first European race at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. The defending five-time champion is a single point behind his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the embryonic standings, following their unprecedented four successive season-opening one-twos.
E-SPORTUS adults spend big on video gamesThe average US video gamer is 33 years old, prefers to play on their smartphone and is spending big on content – 20% more than a year ago and 85% more than in 2015, a report showed on Thursday. The annual research from the Entertainment Software Association comes as more US households rethink how to set limits for kids who love gaming and how to allocate their entertainment budgets in the streaming era. The $43.4bn spent in 2018 was mostly on content, as opposed to hardware and accessories.– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE