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Springboks pick 5 uncapped players for Europe JOHANNESBURG: South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer included five uncapped players in a 36-man squad named Monday for Tests in Ireland, England, Italy and Wales during November.Left-wing Seabelo Senatla, hooker Robbie Coetzee, tighthead prop Julian Redelinghuys, flanker Jaco Kriel and No.8 Nizaam Carr have yet to wear the green and gold.The quintet owe their inclusions to outstanding Currie Cup form with all five coming from champions Western Province or runners-up Golden Lions."Julian has been impressive all season and if it was not for injuries, he might have been a Springbok already," Meyer said in a South African Rugby Union statement."Next to Julian, Robbie was part of a very dominant Lions scrum throughout the season and this is also a reward for his consistently good performances, including line-out throwing."Nizaam is a versatile loose forward who can play in any back-row position and has proven his worth as a flanker and No.8 this ...

Newcastle owner ups Rangers' influence LONDON: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was left with a greater say in the running of Rangers after the chief executive of the cash-strapped fallen Scottish giants resigned on Monday.Graham Wallace stepped down after failing to prevent Ashley expanding his influence at the Glasgow institution.His exit was confirmed in a Rangers statement to the London Stock Exchange while a separate statement confirmed the club had accepted a £2 million ($3 million, 2.5 million euros) interest-free loan ...

Younis should be now automatic selection for World Cup: Bari KARACHI: Younis Khan should be automatic selection after his historic achievement against Australia in Dubai, former Pakistan Captain Wasim Bari said on Monday."After such an excellence batting show and twin hundred Younis Khan has proved his class, fitness and standing," he told APP in an interview."Personally I was not happy with his dropping from the Pakistan one-dayer because team badly needed batsman like him who got the ability to steadied the innings and attack when ...

Levski fans accuse CSKA coach of feigning unconsciousness SOFIA: Levski Sofia fans have accused bitter city rivals CSKA's coach Stoycho Mladenov of feigning unconsciousness when he was hit in the head by a snowball during an explosive derby played in a blizzard on Saturday.In the early stages of the tense affair, Mladenov collapsed onto the athletics track surrounding the pitch after being hit by the snowball thrown by Levski supporters, forcing the referee to halt the game for several minutes.After the match, won ...

Five new faces named in Springboks tour squad CAPE TOWN: South Africa have named five newcomers in their 36-man squad to tour the Northern Hemisphere next month, including exciting sevens speedster Seabelo Senatla.Coach Heyneke Meyer has resisted the temptation to experiment too much by naming 29 players who participated in the Rugby Championship, but did add some new names given the bloated size of the squad for matches against Ireland, England, Italy and Wales on successive Saturdays starting on Nov. 8.Aside from Stormers ...

The real Marouane Fellaini is finally standing up LONDON: Written off last season as a sub-standard misfit with a comical haircut, there are signs that Marouane Fellaini is finally beginning to feel comfortable in a red Manchester United shirt.The Belgian powerhouse, signed at the start of the ill-fated David Moyes era for 27.5 million pounds, was a convenient scapegoat last season as United endured their worst season in the Premier League, finishing a distant seventh.There seemed no way back for the rugged midfielder ...

Iordanescu named as Romania coach for third time BUCHAREST: Anghel Iordanescu has returned to soccer management by taking over as Romania coach for a third time, the country's football federation (FRF) said on Monday."The FRF's executive committee approved unanimously president Razvan Burleanu's proposals for new members of the technical staff of the national team," the FRF said in a statement, adding that Iordanescu signed a one-year contract.The head coach's position became vacant when Victor Piturca quit earlier this month after agreeing to join ...


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