Cricket England has paid tribute to legend umpire Rudi Koertzen after his death aged 73 from a car crash. Old footage shared by the team shows the famous moment Koertzen removed the bails from the oval after England’s Ashes victory in 2005. The respected official, who took charge of more than 100 Test matches, was involved in a road traffic collision in his native South Africa.
Qatar will host the 2022 Fifa World Cup later this year; the first to be hosted by an Arab country and the second held entirely in Asia. It is the 22nd edition of the quadrennial tournament, which began way back in 1930.
Thomas Tuchel has called on football to become better role models in the battle against climate change as Chelsea look set to play in 33C heat in the upcoming London derby against Tottenham. The second weekend of the new Premier League season will see water breaks introduced during another heatwave across the country, just weeks after records were broken as temperatures hit over 40C for the first time. The Met Office now estimates heatwaves are 10 times more likely because of climate change and Tuchel is aware that football must face up to the growing trend.
West Ham will play Viborg FF for a place in the Europa Conference League group stages. A 2-1 win on the Faroe Islands for the Danish side on Tuesday night sealed a 5-1 aggregate victory to book a date with the Hammers. The first leg of the play-off tie will take place on Thursday August 18, with West Ham having home advantage, before the return fixture a week later on August 25.