Lambie earns ’Boks call-up
Twenty-year-old Patrick Lambie played the match of his life on Saturday to earn a call-up to the 30-man Springbok team for their tour of the UK and Ireland next month. There were also recalls for fullback Francois Steyn and scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar as under-fire coach Peter de Villiers named six uncapped players to face Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England on consecutive weekends. Lambie earned selection after scoring 25 points in a man-of-the-match performance for the Natal Sharks, who beat Western Province 30-10 in the Currie Cup final at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday. Lambie is joined by another 20-year-old flyhalf, Elton Jantjies, while there are also Springbok call-ups for the Sharks trio of wing Lwazi Mvovo, backrowers Keegan Daniel and Willem Alberts, as well as Free State front-rower Coenie Oosthuizen.
Kangaroos through to final
Australia overcame a sluggish start to outclass England 34-14 at AAMI Park in Melbourne yesterday to set up a Four Nations final with old foes New Zealand. The Kangaroos scored six tries to two and had the contest well won early in the second half to coast to victory in steady rain. Australia will first have to go through a “dead rubber” with New Zealand next weekend, before they meet again in the tournament final in Brisbane on Nov. 13. Following their 24-10 loss to New Zealand last week, England had to beat the Kangaroos to stay alive in the tournament, but will now finish their participation with a match against Papua New Guinea next Saturday.
N’Dam outpoints Khurtsidze
France’s undefeated Hassan N’Dam unanimously outpointed Georgia’s Avtandil Khurtsidze to take the vacant WBA interim middleweight title in Paris on Saturday. The 26-year-old N’Dam, a Cameroon-born fighter recently granted French citizenship, received winning scores of 117-111, 115-114 and 115-114 from the judges to improve his record to 25-0. The 31-year-old Khurtsidze lost for the second time in 26 fights. N’Dam became the interim WBA champion. Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin is the recognized titleholder. “He is a formidable opponent and he came here to win,” said N’Dam, who finished with cuts above both eyebrows. “He is very small and I received a lot of head butts, but I did my job, it was a fight between a bullfighter and a bull.”
Brazil win third straight
Beijing Olympic gold medalists Brazil overwhelmed the Netherlands to remain unbeaten with three straight wins at the World Women’s Volleyball Championship yesterday. Brazil, the runners-up to Russia at the previous championship in 2006, rallied to a straightforward 25-19, 25-18, 25-14 victory in Pool B round in Hamamatsu, Japan. Defending champions Russia, the 2006 bronze medalists Serbia, European champions Italy, Japan, the US and South Korea also remained unbeaten.
Lorenzo wins in Portugal
Yamaha’s newly-crowned world champion Jorge Lorenzo of Spain won his third consecutive Portuguese MotoGP yesterday. The 23-year-old got the better of a close battle with the man he dethroned as champion, his teammate Valentino Rossi, with Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso grabbing third on the line. Lorenzo claimed his first MotoGP title after finishing third to Rossi in Malaysia earlier this month. The MotoGP season concludes in Valencia next Sunday.