SPORTS DAY: Gibson says no need to rush Steyn into game
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Steyn ruled out of World Cup opener
Dale Steyn has been ruled out of SA’s World Cup opener against England on Thursday. The stalwart fast bowler‚ coming back from a shoulder injury sustained in the IPL last month, ran in off 15 paces at SA’s training session on Tuesday – but did not release the ball when he reached his delivery stride. “I just want to bowl it‚” Steyn said to conditioning expert Greg King‚ who was at the other end of the pitch. Not so fast‚ said coach Ottis Gibson: “He’s not far away but he’s not ready yet. We think‚ with a six-week tournament‚ there’s no real need to force the issue just now.”
Karlovic wins ‘oldest match’
Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic became the first man in his 40s to compete in a Grand Slam singles match for 27 years when he beat fellow veteran Feliciano Lopez at Roland Garros on Tuesday. Karlovic, who turned 40 in February, won 7-6(4) 7-5 6-7(7) 7-5 against the 37-year-old Spaniard in the oldest French Open men’s match-up in terms of combined ages in the professional era. The last player to contest a Grand Slam singles match having turned 40 was American Jimmy Connors at the US Open in 1992.
This is best team Klopp has taken to a final
Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool team are the strongest side he has taken to a final as he plots Champions League glory against Premier League rivals Tottenham on Saturday. Their run to Madrid this year has been marked by a never-say-die spirit, with Klopp suggesting that his team of 2019 is better than those who have lost his three previous European finals.
Neymar loses Brazil captaincy to Alves
Neymar has been replaced as captain of the Brazil national team for next month’s Copa America by Paris St Germain teammate Dani Alves. Brazil coach Tite had been under pressure to replace the 27-year-old due to his disciplinary issues, such as reportedly being involved in a dressing fracas with his PSG teammates.
Banyana players are competitive, says Ellis
When SA played their first women’s international after readmission to global football in 1993, they were captained by diminutive midfielder Desiree Ellis, who carried the country into a fresh era for female footballers. Now, 26 years on, Ellis is coach of the side and will again be tasked with leading the team into a brave new dawn, this time as they debut at the women’s World Cup in France next month. “This group is always competitive, whether we play 30 Seconds, five-a-side, have a recovery session or even football tennis.”
Kidney stone frustrates Whiteley
Regular Lions captain Warren Whiteley has passed a lot of time on the sidelines this season. This week he has to pass a kidney stone‚ which is an impediment big enough to render him inactive as his teammates prepare to take on the Stormers at Ellis Park on Saturday. Whiteley was admitted to hospital with the affliction on Sunday and although he has been discharged he now has to wait for it to make an exit.
Bulls must win remaining games
Bulls utility forward Hanro Liebenberg has admitted they face the difficult task of winning all their remaining round robin matches to have any chance of reaching the quarterfinal stage of Super Rugby. “We will have to win all the remaining three games because of what the Jaguares are doing at the moment‚” he said. “The message from coach Pote Human is simple, that we must take it game by game from this weekend against the Blues at Eden Park.”
MOTOR SPORTBaku F1 considering charters for 2020Azerbaijan GP promoters are considering laying on charter flights for next year’s F1 race after soccer fans struggled to reach Baku for Wednesday’s Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal. The lack of direct flights to Azerbaijan from Britain, where most of the 10 F1 teams are based, and the cost of the 8,000km round trip to Baku have been highlighted in recent weeks.– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE