Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of sports news for Wednesday, October 3.
Basketball & baseball
Jimmy Butler is concerned the Minnesota Timberwolves are not actively trying to trade him ahead of the start of the new NBA season; Justin Bibbs looks likely to be the casualty as Marcus Georges-Hunt prepares to join the Boston Celtics at training camp; and the Los Angeles Angels are looking for a successor to Mike Scioscia, who stepped down this past weekend after 19 seasons in the Big A's home dugout.
UFC & boxing
Conor McGregor says he will ‘maul’ Khabib Nurmagomedov when the two meet in an eagerly-anticipated UFC lightweight title fight this coming weekend; UFC double-champ Daniel Cormier has conceded to the possibility of being stripped of the 205-pound title; and Floyd Mayweather Junior has been criticised by the public after giving a homeless man $1,000 in a video he posted on Instagram.
Cycling, athletics & tennis
Riders and staff at Aqua Blue Sport will have to rely on the team's UCI bank guarantee in order to receive their wages for the final four months of the 2018 season after the team failed to pay their dozen-plus riders and staff last month; two-time Olympian Dan Robinson is offering financial rewards at the Stroud Half Marathon; and Simona Halep's participation at the WTA Finals later this month has been cast into doubt after she suffered a herniated disc.
Motorsport & golf
Fernando Alonso says he hasn’t considered switching to Formula E or rallying after he leaves F1, remarking he ‘doesn’t have the talent’ for the latter; Venturi Formula E team principal Susie Wolff says choosing Edoardo Mortara over Maro Engel came down to the Swiss-Italian driver being a ‘better fit’ with ex-Formula 1 racer Felipe Massa; and Europe’s captain Thomas Bjorn is adamant it was his team’s impressive performance — and not the divisions that have since emerged among the Americans — that was the key to their success in winning the Ryder Cup.