SPORTS DAY: Tavares of Crystal Palace for Bafana?
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Baxter names to two ‘mild’ surprises
Cape Town City striker Kermit Erasmus and Maritzburg United midfielder Fortune Makaringe were mildly surprising call-ups as Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter named a provisional 28-man squad for a training camp in Johannesburg ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Two potential naturalised South Africans – Crystal Palace’s 20-year-old centreback Nikola Tavares and FC Zurich right-back Joel Untersee – are two additional members named‚ who would take the squad to 30 in number‚ but will only arrive pending their paperwork being confirmed in time for the camp. The camp starts on June 2.
Spurs ban fans for trying to sell final tickets
Tottenham have given “indefinite” bans to three fans who tried to sell their tickets for the Champions League final against Liverpool. “The club has this week issued indefinite bans to three season-ticket holders who have listed their Uefa Champions League final tickets for sale on a secondary ticketing platform,” it said on Tuesday. Fans are not allowed to resell tickets.
Azerbaijan says Mkhitaryan ‘can play’
Azerbaijani authorities issued assurances on Tuesday that Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, can play in the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku, dismissing fears over his safety due to tensions between the countries. Earlier on Tuesday, Arsenal announced that Mkhitaryan would miss the game next week in Baku amid safety fears.
Manyonga to face nemesis in Sweden
SA long-jump star Luvo Manyonga is set to face his nemesis‚ Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba‚ for the first time this season at the Diamond League meet in Stockholm next week. Manyonga‚ unbeaten in 2017‚ won only two out of six duels against the Caribbean upstart last season.
First woman coach for SA team
Laurian Johannes will become the first woman to coach a national rugby team in SA following her appointment to take charge of the country’s Under-20 women’s side, SA Rugby said on Tuesday. She will begin next month with two internationals against neighbouring Zimbabwe in Harare.
Whiteley remains sidelined
Lions captain Warren Whiteley will remain sidelined for this weekend’s crunch Super Rugby clash against the Sharks in Durban. Whiteley‚ who missed the bulk of the season due to a pectoral muscle injury‚ suffered a bone bruise in the Lions’ win over the Waratahs‚ which precluded his participation in last weekend’s match against the Highlanders.
Archer wins England World Cup spot
Fast bowler Jofra Archer’s whirlwind rise continued when he was named in England’s 15-man World Cup squad on Tuesday having appeared in only three one-day internationals. The 24-year-old, born in Barbados and who represented the West Indies at Under-19 level, was not in England’s provisional squad and only made his ODI debut little over a fortnight ago.
Murray plays down chances of playing singles
Former world No 1 Andy Murray has all but ruled out playing singles at Wimbledon 2019 and said he will focus on doubles when he makes his comeback from hip-resurfacing surgery. The Scot has not played since his first-round exit from the Australian Open in January, but said last month he was finally pain-free after the operation and planned to return to the ATP tour.
ARCHERYSamoa PM makes Pacific Games teamSamoa’s prime minister has turned back time to qualify for the archery competition at the Pacific Games at the grand age of 74. The larger-than-life Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi last fired an arrow competitively when Samoa held the Games 12 years ago, earning himself a silver medal.– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE