Sexwale eyes FIFA role
An apartheid-era political prisoner turned multi-millionaire mining tycoon joined the FIFA presidential race on Saturday. South African Tokyo Sexwale announced his intention to run in next year’s emergency election to replace FIFA president Sepp Blatter after receiving the endorsement of the South African Football Association. Sexwale is to submit his candidature papers to FIFA to meet today’s deadline after receiving the unanimous backing of his national federation, he said at a news conference in Johannesburg. The 62-year-old Sexwale’s varied credentials include being a current FIFA anti-racism adviser, a former prisoner on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela, and a previous host of South Africa’s version of The Apprentice television show. He is also a hugely successful businessman, with interests in the mining and energy sectors, whose wealth has been estimated at US$200 million. Four other men have already submitted their papers for the FIFA election: UEFA President Michel Platini, whose chances appear to have been thwarted by an ethics investigation, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, ex-FIFA official Jerome Champagne and David Nakhid, a former player from Trinidad and Tobago.
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe
Afghanistan made history on Saturday when they became the first associate nation to defeat a Test-playing nation in a one-day series, with a comprehensive 73-run win over Zimbabwe. The victory gave Afghanistan a 3-2 series win after the two sides had shared the first four games at the Queen’s Sports Club. Chasing a 246-run winning target, Zimbabwe were skittled for 172 in the 45th over, despite Sean Williams making a fine 102 off 124 balls, with three boundaries and four sixes. Fast bowler Dawlat Zadran finished with a career best 4-22 in his 10 overs. Earlier, opener Noor Ali Zadran made 54 and Mohammad Nabi, who hit a maiden century in the second match of the series, chipped in with 53 as Afghanistan reached 245-9 in their 50 overs.
Ferrer, Johnson make final
Top-seeded David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils of France 7-6(7/5), 7-5 at the Erste Bank Open on Saturday to reach his fifth final of the season. Ferrer was to play Steve Johnson of the US for the title. The 47th-ranked American beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-3, 7-6(7/4) to advance to his maiden ATP final.
Sock faces Berdych in final
American Jack Sock reached his second ATP tour final of the season on Saturday by beating second-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-4, 6-2 at the Stockholm Open. He was to play defending champion Tomas Berdych in the final, after the top-seeded Czech player advanced when Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus retired with a right groin injury after losing the first set 6-1 in the other semi-final.
Doi, Barthel win semis
Misaki Doi was to take on Mona Barthel in her first WTA tour final after Alison van Uytvanck was forced to retire when trailing 6-4 against the Japanese player in their semi-final at the Luxembourg Open on Saturday. Van Uytvanck, a quarter-finalist at the French Open, cited a viral illness. Barthel converted four of five break points to breeze past wild-card entry Stefanie Voegele 6-2, 6-3 in the other semi-final.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
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
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
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