Van der Burgh and Le Clos no shows in Budapest
Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos both failed to take to the starting blocks for their first assignments at the FINA World Championships in Budapest. On Sunday, Van der Burgh pulled out of the 100m breaststroke heats, while Le Clos did not start in the men's 200m freestyle on Monday. This leaves just the 50m breaststroke on Van der Burgh's schedule - an event in which he has won a medal at the last five World Championships, including two overall victories.
Russell Adams appointed tournament director for T20 Global League
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed the appointment of experienced sports management professional, Russell Adams, as the tournament director for the T20 Global League. The Cape Town-born Adams, is well known to the global cricket fraternity, bringing years of international cricketing and sports management experience to the new T20 Global League, which will kick off in November this year.
Top 10 finish for SA’s Louis Meintjes in Tour de France
Louis Meintjes was top of the pile for South Africa as the Tour de France ended in Paris on Sunday. According to the SASCOC website, the UAE Team Emirates rider ended eighth overall in the general classification, 8:20 behind Sky’s Chris Froome who won his fourth Tour de France. Meintjes ended 2:06 behind Orica-Scott’s Simon Yates in the fight for the Young Riders Classification.
England’s Yannick Bahati says “F*** YOU” to South Africans
England’s Yannick Bahati knows how to get the crowd riled up. With just over four weeks to his meeting with EFC welterweight champ Dricus Du Plessis, he has caused another massive stir. During the editing of the Countdown Show to EFC 62, a video was captured of Bahati saying “F*** YOU” to South Africans.
Wayde van Niekerk and Akani Simbine hit out at SA team selection for world championships
Sprint stars Wayde van Niekerk and Akani Simbine have come out strongly against Athletics South Africa’s selection of the team for the world championships in London next month. ASA introduced qualifying standards that were tougher than those set by the sport’s world governing body‚ the IAAF. ASA named a team of 24 on Friday‚ including only six IAAF qualifiers and omitting 13 others‚ most of them Olympians.
Spieth wins British Open for third major
Jordan Spieth won the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday by three shots from fellow American Matt Kuchar. Spieth, 23, shot a final round of 69 to finish on 12 under par, with Kuchar second at nine-under. He is the first man to post four rounds in the 60s in an Open at Birkdale. It is Spieth's third major title after he won the Masters and US Open in 2015.
Froome wins fourth Tour de France title
Briton Chris Froome secured his fourth Tour de France title at the end of the 21st and final stage won by Dylan Groenewegen in Paris on Sunday. Sky's Froome had previously won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 editions and sits fifth overall in the all-time list of Tour victors behind greats Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.
Kolisi pleads with players to stay in SA
Stormers captain Siya Kolisi has launched a heartfelt plea to South African players looking to move abroad, urging them to stay in the country instead. Kolisi, who scored his side's try in their 17-11 Super Rugby quarter-final loss to the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday, says it is ‘not all about the money’ and that players should rather look to be part of a legacy that benefits South African rugby.
Relieved Ackermann feared the worst against Sharks
Coach Johan Ackermann admitted to ‘grey-hair moments’ as he came within two minutes of ending his tenure with the Lions on a sour note when they were forced into a late rally to beat the Sharks in their Super Rugby quarter-final on Saturday. Ackermann, who led the Lions to the final last year where they lost to the Hurricanes, will leave South Africa for English side Gloucester at the end of this season’s Super Rugby campaign. But before then he will have a home semi-final meeting with the Hurricanes in Johannesburg next weekend, and a chance to avenge that defeat in the final.
Sebastian Vettel holds key to F1 drivers’ market
Sebastian Vettel holds the key to the Formula 1 driver market as he decides whether to sign a new three-year deal with Ferrari or push for one. According to reports, Vettel has been offered a whopping $138.5m to stay on at Ferrari for a further three seasons. The German, though, it is claimed, is wanting a one-year deal which would pave the way for a move to Mercedes in 2019 when Lewis Hamilton's contract expires. Vettel's indecision means many other drivers are stuck in limbo as they wait to see what happens at Ferrari before committing their futures to other teams.
Jordan Spieth in prime position to claim third major title
Jordan Spieth is in prime position to claim his third major title as he takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday. The American star sits atop the leader board on 11 under par after shooting a flawless 65 on Saturday while compatriot Matt Kuchar is his nearest challenge at eight-under.
Crusaders load team with All Blacks
The Crusaders and the Highlanders will be strengthened by the return of leading All Blacks when they meet in the Super Rugby quarter-finals on Saturday. Crusaders Starting XV: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody. Highlanders Starting XV: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Richard Buckman, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.