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Momentum One-Day Cup: Chevrolet Warriors hoping to make playoffs

After something of a rain-induced slumber over the past six days, Chevrolet Warriors captain Davy Jacobs is grateful that the weather caught his side in a positive position.

With Sunday’s match against the Chevrolet Knights abandoned without a ball bowled, the Warriors have had a mini lay-off but that has not perturbed Jacobs ahead of Friday’s Momentum One-Day Cup clash against the bizhub Highveld Lions at Axxess St George’s.

“We’re in a good space at the moment because we’ve been playing good cricket,” he said. “You get more worried when things aren’t going well and you have bad weather and can’t prepare. For us at this stage we just want to try and stay in that good space.”

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Sacramento Kings begin season with close win against Denver Nuggets

The Vivek Ranadivé-owned Sacramento Kings began their 2013-14 NBA season with much promise and glitz as they edged the Denver Nuggets in the final seconds of the game to win 90-88. The game began with much fanfare as Kings’ minority owner and NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, NBA commissioner David Stern and Sacramento mayor and former NBA player, Kevin Johnson attended the game. Ranadivé too was present.

Ranadivé, who became the first ever Indian-born majority owner of an NBA team, when he bought the Kings earlier in the year and thereby saved the Kings from moving from Sacramento to Seattle, had already made a number of positive moves to boost the Kings’ fortunes in the upcoming season. From hiring new coach Mike Malone, to resigning foundation player DeMarcus Cousins to a four-year, 62 million dollar deal in the offseason, to adding O’Neal as a minority owner, Ranadivé has shown the intent of a winner since taking over the franchise from the Maloof family. The stadium today also had an Indian flavor to it in the form of cheerleaders dressed as Bollywood dancers and one of the entries to the stadium had an artificial cricket pitch on display where Vivek Randive played a few cricket shots for the audience. The stadium today saw all American fans waving Indian flags as a tribute to the Indian owner.

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Women's Rugby World Cup: Australia avoid England, New Zealand in pool

The Wallaroos will meet Wales, South Africa and hosts, France in Pool C of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 following the pool allocation draw in Paris overnight.

Australia’s third placing in the 2010 World Cup meant the Wallaroos wouldn’t be placed in the same pool as either of the top two teams, England and New Zealand.

Wallaroos Head Coach, Paul Verrell said the pool allocation puts them in a good position as it means, if all goes to plan, Australia won’t meet England or New Zealand until the semi-finals.

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Momentum One-Day Cup: Duckworth-Lewis target too much for Lions

THE Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras kept their Momentum One-Day Cup campaign on track and all but ended the bizhub Highveld Lions’ hopes as they defended a low total on a sporty Bidvest Wanderers wicket on Wednesday night.

The Cobras were bowled out for just 201 in 48.3 overs after being asked to bat first, but rarely looked like losing the match after Rory Kleinveldt trapped Lions skipper Stephen Cook lbw with the first ball of the home side’s chase.

With the Lions bowled out for 153 in pursuit of a Duckworth-Lewis revised target, the Cobras won by 31 runs to take their points tally to 20 from seven matches.

The nature of the pitch was reflected in the manner of dismissals, with eight Cobras batsmen being bowled.

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du Plessis ruled out due to shoulder injury

Experienced Springbok tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis has been ruled out of the forthcoming Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to Wales, Scotland and France because of injury.

His place in the touring team will be taken by the uncapped GWK Griquas prop Lourens Adriaanse, a member of the Springbok squad during the Castle Lager Rugby Championship who was on the official standby list and will play with Du Plessis for The Sharks next season.

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10th International Olympic Committee World Conference on Sport and the Environment kicks off in Sochi

The 10th edition of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s World Conference on Sport and the Environment officially got under way today in Sochi, Russia, host of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in February 2014.

Under the theme “Changing Today for a Better Tomorrow”, leading environmentalists, academics, government figures and sports experts will discuss a range of subjects, including Russian legacies pre- and post-Sochi 2014, the sustainable development landscape following Rio+20, sustainable-development legacies of previous and future Olympic Games, and the role of the UN system.

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FIFA extends sanctions against Australian official, British players

FIFA can today confirm the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed by the Football Federation Australia (FFA) on four British players (from England) and one Australian official following criminal investigations conducted by Victoria Police in relation to alleged match manipulation.

On 23 September 2013, the FFA imposed sanctions on the five individuals for bringing the game into disrepute by being charged with criminal offences (engaging in conduct and facilitation conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of event or event contingency).

The individuals have been sanctioned with a ban on taking part in any football-related activity, which will continue to apply to them until:

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Cricket South Africa and BCCI announce India tour itinerary

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the fixture list for India’s tour to South Africa in December 2013.

As previously announced, the tour includes two Tests and three One-Day Internationals.

“After the completion of our two Test matches against India we will have a further three Tests against Australia,” commented CSA President Chris Nenzani. “This will allow all of our five premier Test match venues to host a five-day match.

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MOcLaren Group to support Movember

The MOcLaren Group, which includes the Vodafone MOcLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team has thrown its weight behind Movember 2013.

Movember aims to have a lasting impact upon men’s health by raising funds to invest in men’s health programmes, including research into testicular and prostate cancer, while starting conversations that lead to:

-  Greater awareness and understanding of the health risks men face

-  Men taking action to remain well

-  When men are sick they know what to do and take action

MOcLaren is issuing a call to arms to its staff, Team MOcLaren members, supporters of the Vodafone MOcLaren Mercedes team, and the entire F1 community to get a mo-ve on, grow a mo, donate and support this fantastic cause.

As well as helping to raise awareness, MOcLaren is taking a typically high tech approach to its Movember activities.  In labs, deep in the MOcLaren Technology Centre (the MO-TC), MOcLaren engineers are using advanced simulation and mo-delling systems to analyse the perfect moustache.

Head of Facial MO-delling and Simulation at MOcLaren, Professor M, said: “We are studying the collection of hairs on the upper lip at a mo-lecular level, to ascertain the perfect balance between drag and down force. Not many people are aware that inaccurately positioned, poorly shaped moustaches can significantly reduce mo-mentum, having a detrimental effect on lap times. We have created a detailed mathematical mo-del which we are confident will help identify the perfect shape, size and even colour of moustache to produce optimum speed and mo-noeuvrability.”

Professor M added, “At the mo-ment, we expect a ginger handlebar to prove mo-st aerodynamically efficient, but at this stage it’s really too early to say conclusively.”

MOcLaren has started its own MoSpace page at movember.com and supporters can register to become part of the MOcLaren Team, donate money and show their support.

Throughout Movember the MOcLaren Group will be running activities, competitions and drawing attention to the crucial, but often overlooked area of men’s health.

Sir Elton John and Andy Roddick to take on Venus Williams and Marion Bartoli in Battle of Sexes set for charity

Billie Jean King made history 40 years ago when she beat Bobby Riggs in the famous Battle of the Sexes match.

There may not be as much at stake this time around but next month King’s longtime friend and Mylan WTT Smash Hits co-host Sir Elton John and former world No. 1 Andy Roddick are hoping to even the gender score when they take on two of tennis’ top female stars in a celebration of the original showdown and to raise funds for AIDS charities.

John and Roddick will face off against Venus Williams and 2013 Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli in a Battle of the Sexes celebrity doubles match to open up action at the 2013 Mylan WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.

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