Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of sports news for Thursday, October 11.
Basketball & baseball
The Brewers weren't ready to name a starting pitcher for Friday's Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday, the first full day their matchup against the Dodgers was set; and the San Antonio Spurs announced that they have waived forward Jaron Blossomgame, who appeared in three preseason games for the Spurs, averaging 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 6.3 minutes.
UFC & boxing
Unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov will not be stripped of his UFC lightweight title despite his role in a post-match brawl Saturday, according to UFC president Dana White; David Allen believes victory over Samir Nebo will keep him on course for a British heavyweight title fight before the end of 2019; and Callum Johnson has already been offered a swift return to America after his courageous defeat to IBF champion Artur Beterbiev.
Cycling, athletics & tennis
The Tour de France trophy won by Team Sky's Geraint Thomas earlier this year has been stolen during a cycle show in Birmingham; Australian Jack Rayner is happy to have won the 2018 Cardiff Half Marathon and inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships; and Roger Federer opened the defence of his Shanghai Masters title with an absorbing three-set win against an in-form Daniil Medvedev.
Motorsport & golf
A new women-only motorsport series will "segregate" female racers and is a "sad day for motorsport", says British IndyCar driver Pippa Mann; Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Valtteri Bottas has suffered a "mental setback" with the team focusing its efforts on winning the drivers' championship with Lewis Hamilton; and Justin Rose cancelled his media commitments ahead of hosting the Sky Sports British Masters due to a stomach bug.