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Louw injury another blow for Springboks JOHANNESBURG: A neck injury will sideline flanker Francois Louw for about two months and deal South Africa another blow ahead of Rugby Championship Tests against Australia and New Zealand.Scrum-half Ruan Pienaar withdrew injured at the weekend ahead of matches with the Wallabies on September 27 in Cape Town and the All Blacks on October 4 in Johannesburg.Louw and Pienaar, who suffered the injuries during a 14-10 loss to New Zealand in Wellington last Saturday, were automatic starters for the Springboks in the southern hemisphere tournament.Wing-cum-centre JP Pietersen was recalled in place of Pienaar, but a replacement for Louw is going to be named only later this week, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) said.The loss of Louw means coach Heyneke Meyer must prepare for the Wallabies and the All Blacks without both first-choice flanks.Willem Alberts was injured on the eve of the first-round match against Argentina in Pretoria last month ...

Chanderpaul emulates Lloyd to turn screw on Bangladesh GROS-ISLET: Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 30th Test century put the West Indies firmly on course to win the second Test with Bangladesh as the tourists were struggling on 55-2 at lunch in their second innings chasing an unlikely target of 489 on the fourth day of the match at Beausejour Stadium on Tuesday.Following unbeaten innings of 85 and 84 previously in the series, 40-year-old Chanderpaul's unbeaten 101, together with 66 not out from Jermaine Blackwood, allowed home ...

Bayern's Ribery out against City, Robben doubtful MUNICH: Bayern Munich will be without experienced Franck Ribery when they meet Manchester City in their Champions League Group E opener on Wednesday with fellow winger Arjen Robben also doubtful, coach Pep Guardiola said.Frenchman Ribery made his Bundsliga season debut on Saturday following weeks out with a knee injury, making a short appearance as a substitute and scoring in a 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart."He is not here, he is at home," the Spanish coach ...

Hamburg sack coach Slomka after poor start BERLIN: Hamburg SV have sacked coach Mirko Slomka after the former European champions' bad start to the Bundesliga season, the club said on Tuesday.The 47-year-old Slomka, who took over at Hamburg in February, was informed of the decision on Monday, club officials told reporters.Hamburg director Dietmar Beiersdorfer said under-23 coach Joe Zinnbauer would take temporary charge of the first team.Slomka was tasked with lifting Hamburg away from relegation last season but they still needed a ...

Judge Eckert warns FIFA following Garcia investigation MUNICH: Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge deciding what action to take following FIFA's investigation into alleged corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, said he doubted "if soccer and ethics can still fit together".The Munich-based head of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Commission also had a warning for delegates attending FIFA's Ethics convention in Zurich on Friday at which he will make a speech on the subject."Many won't like what I ...

Hardaker cleared over latest homophobia charge LONDON: England international Zak Hardaker is to face no action over allegations he made a homophobic comment in a recent Super League match, the Rugby Football League announced on Tuesday.The 22-year-old Hardaker, banned for five matches in June after being found guilty of homophobic abuse of a referee, was under investigation over claims he made similar comments aimed towards St Helens forward Mark Flanagan last month. However, an RFL statement said: "The RFL can confirm ...

Tian, Ma'afu extend Oyonnax deals OYONNAX: Ivorian winger Silvere Tian and Tongan number eight Viliami Ma'afu have extended their contracts with Oyonnax until 2017, the French Top 14 club confirmed on Tuesday.Both joined the club in 2013, with Tian, 34, having previously played with the southeastern outfit from 2008 to 2010.Tian finished last season as the club's top scorer with 11 tries.Ma'afu, 32, scored two tries in 19 matches last season.Oyannax are currently eighth in the 14-team Top 14 after ...


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