Rajitha claims three wickets
Sri Lanka fast bowler Kasun Rajitha yesterday took three wickets in successive overs to increase South Africa’s woes on the first day of the second Test. South Africa were 185-7 at tea, with Quinton de Kock, their last recognized batsman, on 68 not out at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It could have been worse for the hosts, who need a win to salvage a share of the series after a surprise defeat in the first Test in Durban. Both not-out batsmen, De Kock and Kagiso Rabada, survived catching chances shortly before tea. South Africa made a poor start after winning the toss. They lost three wickets with the total on 15, two of them to successive balls from Vishwa Fernando, and were 73-4 when captain Faf du Plessis was bowled by his opposite number, part-time bowler Dimuth Karunaratne, with the last ball before the interval. The hosts seemed to be recovering when Aiden Markram and De Kock put on 57 at almost a run per ball for the fifth wicket before Markram was LBW to Rajitha for 60. Rajitha followed up with the wickets of new cap Wiaan Mulder for 9 and Keshav Maharaj for a duck.
Break dancing to be added
Break dancing is one of four additional sports expected to be included at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, along with surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding, sources said on Wednesday. The list of additions was yesterday to be revealed by the local organizing committee and must be approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Their inclusion would come on top of the 28 sports already on the program, although the 2024 Paris committee did not confirm the reports. Break dancing, an acrobatic style of street dance typically set to hip-hop or funk music, would be making its first appearance in the Olympics, while the three other sports are all to be introduced at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Karate and baseball/softball, all part of the Tokyo program, are also candidates, as well as squash, which has been repeatedly rebuffed, and petanque. At least 20 disciplines from federations recognized by the IOC have applied for inclusion. Break dancing appeared at last year’s Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in the form of “battles” — or duels — decided by judges and falls under the auspices of the World DanceSport Federation.
Away fans clean up after win
Knocked out of the Copa Sudamericana at home, Brazilian club Chapecoense was comforted by fans of victorious Union La Calera of Chile, who cleaned the bathrooms reserved for away fans. “Reasons to believe,” Chapecoense said on Twitter, attaching photographs of spotless terracing and sparkling urinals. “Yesterday, after the match, Union La Calera fans gathered all the garbage from the south stand and cleaned the toilets they used,” the club said. “A great attitude that leaves us filled with gratitude.” The match ended 1-1 and the Chilean side advanced on away goals, because the first leg was goalless. The Union La Calera fans also sang chants in homage to the Brazilian club, whose team was wiped out by a plane crash on their way to play in the final of the same competition in Colombia in November 2016. The crash killed 71 people, including 19 players.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017