CRICKETSOUTH African Paddy Upton has been confirmed as head coach of the Rajasthan Royals for the 2019 IPL. It will be Upton’s second stint at the franchise, having served as head coach from 2013 to 2015. After that, he coached the Delhi Daredevils for two seasons in 2016 and 2017.Manu Sawhney, the former managing director of ESPN Star Sports, has been appointed as the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) new chief executive. Sawhney will join the ICC next month before formally taking over the reins from David Richardson of South Africa, whose contract expires at the end of the World Cup in July. Indian-born Sawhney was the unanimous choice of ICC chairperson Shashank Manohar and the nominations committee.GENERALBoth MultiChoice and the SABC are preparing their responses to regulations from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) that could potentially challenge SuperSport’s monopoly of sport broadcasting rights in the country. The Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations 2018 draft breaks up sporting events into three groups — Group A, Group B and Group C — and states that certain sports must be made available to free-to-air broadcasters. The draft states that events like the (summer) Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, Soccer World Cup, Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup and international boxing must be considered “compulsory listed national sporting events for a free-to-air licencee with full live coverage.”RUGBYEnglish club Wasps have confirmed that Springbok fullback Willie le Roux will leave the club at the end of the current season.“It’s always disappointing to lose players of such quality but this is professional sport and there isn’t much you can do about it. “There are a number of factors that play a part in players’ decisions to move on and unfortunately these guys have opted to move onto pastures new for 2019/20,” Wasps said.SOCCERThe SA Football Association (Safa) have denied claims made by former CEO Leslie Sedibe that millions of rands were illegally received ahead of the 2010 World Cup.According to Sunday World, Sedibe revealed that former Local Organising Committee (LOC) head and current Safa president Danny Jordaan set up a meeting with Ajay Gupta and former South African president Jacob Zuma. Sedibe says the meeting was held at Saxonwold just ahead of the tournament.Safa have denied all allegations and are set to take legal action against Sedibe.Barcelona are targeting Uruguay forward Cristhian Stuani of fellow Catalan side Girona as their number one target in the January transfer window, Spanish media reported recently.According to Barcelona-based newspaper Sport, which dedicated its front cover to Barca’s pursuit of Stuani, the 32-year-old Uruguayan has a release clause of €15 million. Fellow Spanish newspapers AS and Marca also claim Barca have been in discussions with Girona for Stuani. — Reuters, Sport24.