NEWSFLASH SPORTS NEWS 18 January 12:30 pm
Good day, let’s look at the latest sports news and scores:
# We start with tennis: Australian Open organisers say they deeply regret the impact that the Novak Djokovic deportation saga had on other players and admitted there were lessons to learn. His dramatic departure followed a protracted, high-stakes legal battle between the 34-year-old and Australian authorities that cast a dark shadow over the tournament. AFP reports in its first comments on the matter, Tennis Australia said in a statement it respected the court’s decision and hoped the focus could now switch to the action on the tennis court.
Meanwhile, Djokovic, the world number one, was greeted by scores of fans and the international media when he arrived home in Serbia after his ordeal in Australia. He was forced to leave Melbourne this weekend when his visa was cancelled a second time, depriving him from defending his Australian Open title. It is reported that Djokovic’s anti-vaccination stance may be tested further, after French authorities warned unvaccinated players would not be welcome in the country for the French Open in May.
# Cricket: South Africa takes on Uganda in a group match of the Under 19 World Cup today. The encounter in Port of Spain, Trinidad, starts at three o’clock this afternoon. Yesterday, hosts the Windies defeated Scotland by seven wickets. The young Scots were bowled out for just 95 in their 36th over and the Windies reached the target within 20 overs with three wickets down. Sri Lanka saw off Australia by four wickets and Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 115 runs. Today’s other matches are between Canada and England, and Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea.
Meanwhile, the New Indian Premier League team Ahmedabad has apparently signed local heroes Hardik Pandya and Shubman Gill, as well as Afghanistan quick Rashid Khan for this year’s edition. Former Proteas player and coach Gary Kirsten and former Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra were confirmed to the coaching staff, while former England batter Vikram Solanki was appointed team director. Kirsten, Nehra and Solanki previously worked together for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Lucknow is the other new team this year.
# And finally Rugby: The United Rugby Championships restart for South African teams this weekend, with the encounter at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria where the Bulls will welcome the Stormers at 5-past-5. The Lions and the Sharks will do battle at Ellis Park in Johannesburg at 3pm in the earlier game. The season was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic when two rounds in South Africa had to be postponed. The Lions are currently the best-placed South African team on the log of 16 teams in 11th position, followed by the Stormers at 13, the Sharks at 14 and the Bulls at 15. Scottish side Edinburgh is on top.
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