Mitch Johnson’s leg infected
Star Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson is having further problems with an infected toe which forced him out of the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh. Cricket Australia (CA) said yesterday that the infection had spread to Johnson’s right leg and required further treatment. The infection began from a cut suffered during Australia’s series-clinching third Test triumph over South Africa in Cape Town earlier this month. “He is recovering from an infection that began in his right big toe, before affecting his right leg,” CA said in a statement. “He is being managed by a team of medical specialists. Depending on how quickly he recovers, Johnson’s next scheduled commitment is the 2014 Indian Premier League, where he will represent Kings XI Punjab, which finishes at the end of May.” Johnson’s place in the Australia T20 squad was filled by Doug Bollinger, who joined the side in Bangladesh this week ahead of tomorrow’s opening game with Pakistan.
Tyson Fury gets furious
British boxer Tyson Fury lived up to his name by tipping over a table and shouting expletives before storming out of a news conference ahead of his world heavyweight title eliminator against Dereck Chisora. Fury was sitting alongside Chisora at a media event in Manchester on Thursday when he exploded in rage, saying: “Listen, I’m Tyson Fury, I’m the best heavyweight on the planet, this idiot is getting knocked spark out and I’m sick to death of this.” He slammed down the microphone, flipped up the table, that had glasses on it, and left the room. Chisora applauded Fury sarcastically before saying: “Shall we give him a Golden Globe or not?” The pair are to meet in an all-British fight on July 26 for the right to challenge Wladimir Klitschko for his IBF, WBA and WBO belts.
Referees to be purged
Super Rugby governing body SANZAR is to conduct a purge of the competition’s referees in the wake of a series of controversial blunders by match officials in the opening rounds of the season. SANZAR referees coordinator Lyndon Bray said the 18-member team of referees were set for change. “Within the next week or two we will be making decisions that will keep our team extremely accountable,” Bray said in comments published by the Australian newspaper yesterday. “There is a lot of pain to go for referees... The fact is, they’re either going to get dropped out of the team, which is a significant consequence obviously, or suffering from the point of view of number and quality of appointments. It will be a strong statement in terms of those who are currently refereeing at the top of our team and those that are clearly moving in that direction and those that aren’t.” The standard of officiating came under heavy scrutiny last weekend, with coaches from several franchises fuming after contentious decisions. Bray was moved to clarify a number of them this week, including a controversial try awarded by South African referee Stuart Berry to Golden Lions fullback Coenie van Wyk during the Johannesburg-based team’s 39-36 win at home to the Auckland Blues. Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham said he would contact Bray after some “bewildering” decisions in his team’s 35-20 loss against the Sharks in Durban, while New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika also grumbled about scrum penalties in his team’s loss to the ACT Brumbies. “I would always dispute the argument that there is no accountability or action,” Bray said. “There is.”