First black SA world box­ing cham­pion Mathe­bula dies

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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.

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