MMA fighter McGregor freed on bail after Brooklyn melee

Conor McGregor

Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor was freed by a New York judge on $50‚000 bail on Friday after being charged with assault for his part in a melee at a media event to publicize a series of UFC fights at a Brooklyn arena. The sport’s best-known athlete and an international star‚ McGregor‚ 29‚ appeared before a judge at the Kings County Criminal Court‚ dressed in a blue‚ long-sleeved shirt that hid his trademark tattoos. He is charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief. “He’s…

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Why Komphela is desperate to lead Chiefs to the Nedbank Cup title

Steve Komphela

Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says his side wanted a higher score margin than their 1-0 win against Baroak FC in the Nedbank Cup quarter-final fixture at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday night. Erick Mathoho’s header in the first half saw Amakhosi advance to the semifinals of the competition. The win kept Komphela’s hopes alive of landing some silverware at Chiefs‚ as his contract draws to an end. The coach said his players missed many scoring opportunities and going forward they would have to sharpen up on their finishing…

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Lions redeploy Toyana from head coach role

Geoffrey Toyana

As expected‚ the Lions have confirmed that they are redeploying Geoffrey Toyana from the position of head coach to high performance coach with effect from May. The Lions said the move is an effort to strengthen and build the Lions’ feeder system of players. It will see Toyana play an overarching talent identification‚ retention and management role of the senior pipeline levels for North West Cricket‚ Gauteng Cricket Board as well as the Lions Cubs and Lions Academy teams. “Whilst results have not been favourable in the past season‚ we…

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Markram the thorn on day of olive branches

Aiden Markram

If the resurrection of Australian cricket was supposed to start this weekend it will have to do so with Aiden Markram starting off as a significant thorn in their side. With little reverse swing on offer Markram’s splendid maiden 150 in Test cricket has left the Australians with a lot to do but it was difficult to invest in the numbers reflecting off the scoreboard on the opening day of the final Test on Friday. You had to constantly remind yourself that some fine cricket had been played along the…

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Komphela invokes karma on coaches salivating for his Chiefs job

Steve Komphela

What goes around comes around. That’s exactly how Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is choosing to respond to the suitors who are salivating about the prospect of taking over his job at Amakhosi if his three-year contract is not renewed in June. “There’s nothing wrong with people wanting to work at Chiefs‚” said Komphela as speculation and names of coaches who are likely to succeed him at Chiefs went on the overdrive this week. But Komphela‚ who is under pressure to keep his job at Chiefs with no major trophy…

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Sundowns tougher than Wits and Pirates in Nedbank‚ says McCarthy

Benni McCarthy

Benni McCarthy says that having come though two tough matches in the Nedbank Cup already has helped him and his Cape Town City team grow‚ but that quarterfinal opponents Mamelodi Sundowns will be their stiffest prospect to date. “I wanted to have the experience of playing against a team like Ubuntu (Cape Town) and EC Bees but unfortunately I’ve got all the big guns‚” he told a press conference in Cape Town on Thursday‚ ahead of Sunday’s quarterfinal clash at the Cape Town Stadium. City upset champions Bidvest Wits away…

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Zakhele Siwela to run the line at Russia 2018

Zakhele Siwela has been chosen to run the line at the World Cup and will be the only South Africa representative at the finals in Russia in mid-year. The Soweto linesman was named by Fifa on Thursday among 36 referees and 63 assistant referees for the tournament after long and vigorous assessment The 35-year-old Siwela forms part of a partnership with central referee Janny Sikazwe of Zambia and first assistant Jerson dos Santos from Angola. There are just six refs from Africa and 10 linesmen at the tournament‚ which starts…

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CA chief says Lehmann was caught cold by ball-tampering

Cricket Australia’s chief executive officer James Sutherland said coach Darren Lehmann was caught cold by the ball-tampering controversy that took place at Newlands. Lehmann‚ who was caught on camera speaking to substitute fielder Peter Handscomb on a walkie-talkie when Cameron Bancroft was using sandpaper on the ball before tea on day three‚ was found to have had nothing to do with the saga. Sutherland confirmed Bancroft‚ who has been banned for nine months for his part‚ used sandpaper on the ball. Former captain Steven Smith and former vice-captain David Warner…

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Feeney heaps praise on Rhule

Paul Feeney

Stormers skills coach Paul Feeney heaped praise on wing Raymond Rhule after his strong performance against the Reds last weekend in a game which the Stormers won 25-19. Rhule was the official man-of-the-match after scoring a try where he ran on to a well-weighted kick from wing Craig Barry. He was also the main architect of the Stormers’ opening try in which he occupied two Reds defenders to free up space for centre EW Viljoen and scrumhalf Dewald Duvenage to combine for the try. As usual his overall workrate was…

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‘Smart’ Rabada has learnt his lesson

rubada

Cape Town – The third Test at Newlands this week has received a massive injection of added spice following the news that Kagiso Rabada’s appeal against a two-Test ban was successful. With the ICC lessening his punishment from a Level 2 charge to a Level 1 following his brushing of shoulders with Australian skipper Steve Smith in Port Elizabeth, Rabada copped one demerit point instead of three. That took him below the eight-point threshold that had seen him suspended. Rabada, though, is not completely in the clear. He remains on…

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