First black SA world boxing champion Mathebula dies
Peter 'Terror' Mathebula, the first black South African boxer to win a world title, has died aged 67 near Johannesburg, his family said Sunday. "Our beloved father passed away three weeks after being admitted to hospital," his daughter Thembi told AFP without disclosing the cause of death. Mathebula created history in Los Angeles in 1980 when he won a 15-round split decision over South Korean Tae-Shik Kim to be crowned the World Boxing Association flyweight champion. Recalling the historic triumph years later, Mathebula said: "I thought I was dreaming and nearly collapsed after being overcome by joy." His reign lasted only three months, however, before losing to Argentine Santos Laciar on a seventh-round technical knockout in Soweto. Mathebula subsequently suffered back-to-back defeats by Venezuelan Betulio Gonzalez and retired having won 36 bouts and lost nine. Aged 31 when he quit, Mathebula turned to coaching with considerable success.
Maxwell doesn’t make our top seven, says Finch
Glenn Maxwell will have to work to get back into Australia's one-day squad despite his brilliant domestic form, said captain Aaron Finch, who rates the allrounder outside the nation's current top batsmen. The 31 year old Maxwell was dropped from Australia's ODI tour of India after taking a break to focus on his mental health, one of eight players axed from the squad that lost the World Cup semifinal to England last year. "Outside the top seven at the moment," Finch said when asked to rate Maxwell after his Australia's 1-2 series defeat to India in Bengaluru on Sunday. But Finch said the big-hitting batsman, who has scored 341 runs at an amazing average of 68.20 for the Melbourne Stars in this season's Twenty20 Big Bash League, could still earn a recall. "Anyone can," said Finch. "It's about form, picking players for the right role. I think it's just going to come down to whichever way you want to match up, specific roles for specific players."
Cavani asks to leave PSG for Atletico, says Leonardo
Edinson Cavani, 33, has told Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) that he wants to leave for Atletico Madrid, the French champions sporting director Leonardo said Sunday. "It's true that today he asked to leave. We are studying the situation. It's also true that there has been an approach from Atletico Madrid," said Leonardo. PSG do not want the Uruguayan striker, their record goal-scorer, to leave but ‘we have to listen to him because we have a lot of respect for the player’, added the Brazilian. Cavani has scored 198 goals for PSG.