Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of sports news for Friday, October 5.
Basketball & baseball
Edgar Santana underwent right elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstructive surgery in Gulf Breeze, Florida, by Dr. James Andrews and the typical recovery time in returning to Major League competition is 14-to-16 months; and the Utah Jazz announced that the team has signed guard Isaiah Cousins and as per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
UFC & boxing
An excited Conor McGregor says he missed competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ahead of his highly-anticipated lightweight title fight with current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in Nevada, USA on Sunday morning; and Eddie Hearn has revealed Deontay Wilder has been given a "much-improved" offer to face Anthony Joshua, but has been denied a meeting again.
Cycling, athletics & tennis
American Floyd Landis, who won the Tour de France in 2006, announced plans to launch a professional cycling team that will be sponsored by his cannabis business; Kenyans Wilson Chebet and Betsy Saina are the latest entries for the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, and IAAF Gold Label road race, on 28 October; and German second seed Angelique Kerber is out of the China Open after losing in three sets to China's Zhang Shuai.
Motorsport & golf
Lewis Hamilton made the fastest start to the Japanese GP weekend as impressive Mercedes retained their position at the top of the timesheet from Sochi in Practice One at Suzuka; Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly has been reprimanded for his near-miss with Lewis Hamilton during Practice One for the Japanese GP; and England's Matt Wallace is tied for the lead with Australian Marcus Fraser after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.