Du Preez named captain
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer pulled off a surprise in naming scrumhalf Fourie du Preez as captain for their key Rugby World Cup game against Scotland tomorrow. Du Preez, 33, takes the role vacated by center Jean de Villiers, who retired from international rugby after leading his side to defeat against Japan and then suffering a second broken jaw in six weeks against Samoa on Saturday last week. Veteran lock Victor Matfield misses the Pool B game in Newcastle, England, because of a hamstring strain and Du Preez beat the likes of Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen and Francois Louw to the post when Matfield was ruled out. All have captained their domestic teams back home. Du Preez only captained a Super XV team back in 2008, but Meyer called Du Preez a “tactical genius” respected by his teammates.
Mourinho to avoid sanction
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is not to be sanctioned by the English Football Association (FA) for making discriminatory comments toward former club doctor Eva Carneiro. The FA on Wednesday said that he would not face any disciplinary action after it cleared him of any wrongdoing in the widely publicized incident that happened on the first day of the English Premier League season. The FA studied video footage from the 2-2 draw with Swansea City on Aug. 8 after a member of the public lodged a complaint against Mourinho, who publicly expressed his anger at the doctor for treating Eden Hazard on the field at Stamford Bridge in London late in the game. The FA statement said they appointed an independent academic expert in Portuguese linguistics to analyze the footage of the incident, which included an audio recording. “After receiving the report from the expert, the FA is satisfied that the words used do not constitute discriminatory language under FA Rules,” the FA said in a statement.
First female MLB coach hired
Justine Siegal became the first female coach in MLB history when the Oakland A’s on Tuesday night announced that she had been hired to serve as a guest instructor. Siegal, who is to work in the A’s instructional league camp in Arizona from Sunday to Oct. 17, was the first woman to coach in men’s professional baseball when she served as a first base coach for the Brockton Rox, a minor league club, in 2009. During spring training in 2011, Siegal threw batting practice for the A’s, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, St Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros. “We are thrilled that Justine will be joining us for instructional league,” A’s assistant general manager David Forst said.
Tomic sees charges dropped
Miami police have dropped charges of trespassing and resisting arrest against tennis player Bernard Tomic, Australian media reported yesterday. The 22-year-old was arrested and charged in July after police were called to his Miami hotel room where he was hosting a party. Tomic’s lawyer said that prosecutors had dropped the case over inconsistencies in reports lodged by hotel security and police. “We knew all along the case would not hold up in court and the charges would be dropped,” attorney Chad Piotrowski said. “In the end, I was able to establish that Bernard did not break any laws and he did not do anything to deserve being arrested. I am very pleased that the state did the right thing in dismissing his case. Justice was served today.”
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
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Dustin Poirier won a thrilling unanimous decision over Dan Hooker on Saturday, surviving a brutal second round and persevering to finish a well-rounded performance in the main event at the UFC’s corporate gym. Mike Perry also ended his two-fight skid with a one-sided unanimous decision over Mickey Gall in the penultimate fight of the UFC’s fifth consecutive fan-free event in its hometown. The main event was a barn-burner from the opening round, with both lightweights trading wicked strikes and displaying minimal regard for defense. The second round was a particular spectacle, with each fighter badly hurting the other while throwing punches and
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but