SPORTS DAY: Now Caster rival Wambui feels the IAAF heat

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SPORTS DAY: Now Caster rival Wambui feels the IAAF heat

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ATHLETICS
Wambui won’t take testosterone suppressants
Kenya’s Olympic 800m bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera Wambui can feel her career slipping away from her, with no idea when, or if, she will be able to compete internationally again. “I am not going to take medication because I am not sick and ... those are chemicals you are putting in your body, you don’t know how it will affect you later,” said Wambui, one of several star female athletes affected by the IAAF female eligibility ruling this month.
SOCCER
Tight security for Cup final
Security will be tight for the Nedbank Cup final between Kaizer Chiefs and TS Galaxy at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening (kickoff 7pm)‚ the Premier Soccer League  has said. Vusi Mazibuko‚ general manager of Moses Mabhida‚ said organisers had “learned from the previous incident” – a pitch invasion involving Chiefs’ fans following a Nedbank Cup game last season – and were confident in the security plan on Saturday. Chiefs’ supporters invaded the pitch‚ set fire to stadium seating‚ damaged millions of rands of television equipment and beat up a security guard at the end of Amakhosi’s 2-0 Nedbank semifinal defeat against Free State Stars in April 2018.
 
Chiefs will do everything to win, says Katsande
Willard Katsande provides the fire in Kaizer Chiefs’ engine room‚ and the combative midfielder has seemed intent on fighting talk to stoke Amakhosi’s competitive flames ahead of Saturday’s Nedbank Cup final against TS Galaxy. “We need to remove the darkness of the trophy drought by winning one trophy‚” Katsande said. “And we know that it’s going to be difficult. We are not even underestimating them. We want to finish the game in 90 minutes. But we know that Galaxy are a good team. They play good football.”
Red flags raised over Southampton’s sponsor
Questions have emerged over the new sponsorship of Chinese-owned Southampton that was said to be “the biggest sponsorship deal in the club’s history”. The three -year tie-up is with hitherto unknown Chinese company, LD Sports – a new sports content, marketing and entertainment platform – which the club says is not yet up and running, but will launch in the summer for the Chinese market. The company’s website is also not yet operational. 
RUGBY
 
Marx takes over captaincy again
Warren Whiteley’s injury enforced absence has again necessitated the Lions to go into Super Rugby battle with a reconfigured backrow. This time it is a bone bruise on his knee that is keeping the regular captain out of Saturday’s match against the Highlanders‚ with Malcolm Marx set to resume his duties as stand-in captain. Stormers at full strength for CrusadersStormers coach Robbie Fleck has naturally picked his strongest team to face the Crusaders at Newlands on Saturday‚ with the return of a trio of Springboks. Captain Siya Kolisi‚ flank Pieter-Steph du Toit and inside centre Damian de Allende will bolster the Cape side against the juggernaut side from Christchurch. A win for the Stormers would put them strongly in the playoff picture despite six losses in 11 matches so far this season.Cane back from broken neck for Chiefs All Black flanker Sam Cane will complete a remarkable comeback from a broken neck when he plays for the Chiefs on Saturday, giving All Black selectors a timely World Cup boost. Eight months after Cane was stretchered off during an All Blacks-SA Test in Pretoria last October, the Chiefs named the 27-year-old on the bench for this weekend’s match against Blues.
TENNIS
Kyrgios rips into Djokovic, Nadal in podcast 
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has branded Rafa Nadal a sore loser, the Spaniard’s uncle Toni an “idiot” and said world No 1 Novak Djokovic has a “sick obsession” with being liked, in a podcast certain to ruffle feathers ahead of the French Open.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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