SPORTS DAY: The kings of old are back

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SPORTS DAY: The kings of old are back

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FOOTBALL
Chiefs look like cup kings again after sweeping aside Arrows
Kaizer Chiefs looked like the cup kings of old with a comprehensive second-half performance as they eliminated Lamontville Golden Arrows 3-0 in the first round of the Nedbank Cup at Soccer City on Sunday.
Ryann Moon, Bernard Parker and Joseph Molongoane all netted after half-time as Itumeleng Khune made a string of superb saves to win the man-of-the-match award.
For coach Steve Komphela the result will come as a relief as he seeks his first trophy with Chiefs and the cup offers him his best opportunity to finally break his trophy duck in his third, and potentially last, season at Chiefs.
Moon’s quick thinking saw him deflect a powerful cross from Willard Katsande into the net from close range for the opening goal in the 53rd minute.
It kept up a recent sequence of goals for the young striker, now establishing himself in the starting line-up at the club.
Parker, coming on for his first appearance of the year, went around the goalkeeper to double the score in the 81st minute – with Katsande again the provider.
And Molongoane finished it off three minutes after that after another returnee, Ramahlwe Mphahlele set up the opportunity with his run down the wing.
Molongoane might have had a fourth but squandered from close range on the stroke of full-time. 
SASCOC
All eyes on retired Judge Zulman as inquiry finally gets under way
All eyes will be on retired Judge Ralph Zulman when the long-awaited inquiry into allegations of misconduct at Sascoc finally gets under way at the Ellis Park stadium auditorium in Johannesburg on Monday.
There has been a general antipathy towards committees and commissions of inquiry in South Africa due to the lack of substantive action after the inquiries were completed.
However‚ Sports and Recreation ministry advisory Mickey Modisane said the committee also has power to subpoena‚ meaning those who aren’t willing to co-operate may face the might of the law.
Zulman said it bodes well for the inquiry that Sports Minister Thembelani “Thulas” Nxesi felt strongly enough to take action.
“That’ll depend largely on what is decided by the minister‚” Zulman said.
“If you have a court case and the judge finds you not guilty‚ then in your eyes‚ he’s a very good judge. If he finds you guilty‚ then there are all kinds of complaints.
“It’ll depend on what will take place and if you rightly say there's a whitewash‚ then people will rightly complain.”
The inquiry will also provide fired Sascoc chief executive officer Tubby Reddy with an opportunity to air his grievances of his dismissal.
Reddy was relieved of his duties last month after a disciplinary hearing chaired by advocate Anton Myburgh.
Modisane also revealed that the ministerial committee of inquiry that will look into last year’s FNB Stadium tragedy that claimed the lives of two spectators will begin on March 6.CRICKET
Pink ODI hero Klaasen couldn't even get tickets to the match two weeks ago
Two weeks ago Proteas wicketkeeper/batsman Heinrich Klaasen could not get tickets for the Pink ODI but as fate would have it‚ he turned out to be the hero in South Africa’s much-needed five wickets victory over India at the Bullring on Saturday.
Klaasen delivered a delightful and unbeaten knock of 43 from 27 balls‚ which included five boundaries and one maximum‚ as South Africa took the series to 3-1 with two matches in Port Elizabeth and Centurion remaining.
During his time on the field as the Proteas successfully chased down their revised target of 202‚ Klaasen shared a match-winning partnerships of 72 with David Miller (39) and an unbeaten 33 with Andile Phehlukwayo (23) as South Africa registered their first win in the series.
 “It was an unbelievable experience for me and something that I have always dreamed of‚” said the Titans player with a big smile on his face while also admitting that he has never played in front of such a lively crowd before.
“I just said to Aiden Markram now that two weeks ago I told my missus that I don’t have tickets for the game and now this.
 “The crowd was unbelievable.
“I have never experienced something like this before and there were some stages in the game where the crowd just went ballistic.”
The Proteas went into the Pink ODI under pressure having lost the three matches and Klaasen‚ who replaced injured Quinton de Kock in the side‚ said the victory is a massive confidence booster for them going into the last two matches. 
CRICKET
Kohli rues missed chances as South Africa keep series alive
Indian captain Virat Kohli lamented two crucial errors that effectively cost his team a chance of wrapping up the series in the fourth one-day international against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.
 “You have to take your chances in this game,” said Kohli after David Miller escaped twice in one over at a time when India seemed to have taken control.
South Africa chased down a rain-reduced target of 202 in 28 overs with five wickets and 15 balls to spare to keep alive their hopes of sharing the six-match series after losing the first three games.
But the home team’s chances looked slim when returning star AB de Villiers was fourth man out with 100 runs still needed and only 67 balls remaining.
In the next over David Miller, on six, was dropped by Shreyas Iyer at deep square leg off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Back on strike in the same over he missed a sweep and was bowled — only to be recalled when a replay showed Chahal had sent down a no-ball.
Miller went on to hit 39 and shared a quickfire stand of 72 with Heinrich Klaasen, whose 43 not out off 27 balls earned him the man of the match award.
Two weather interruptions played a key role. India were 200 for two, with Shikhar Dhawan on 107 not out when the threat of lightning caused a stoppage after 34.2 overs.
Dhawan added only two runs after the resumption and India lost five wickets for 89 runs to finish with a slightly disappointing 289 for seven.
South Africa were 43 for one after 7.2 overs when lightning, followed by rain, caused a lengthy delay. They came came back needing another 159 runs off 20.4 overs.
“It basically became a T20 game,” said Kohli.
“We did not grab our chances so we did not deserve to win.”
FOOTBALL
Why Pirates’ coaches called Morrison to a meeting before Ajax cup match
Bernard Morrison was brought into a meeting with Orlando Pirates’ coaches ahead of being included in Saturday night’s 2-0 Nedbank Cup last-32 victory against Ajax Cape Town where the Ghanaian was effectively told not to embarrass them.
After a year-and-a-half of disappointment having been signed with high expectations from AS Vita‚ Morrison took his chance with a stunning brace at Orlando Stadium that might well be a breakthrough for the highly-rated forward.
“I want to give thanks to the technical team for this opportunity to represent the club again‚” Morrison‚ who had made eight previous appearances in 2017-18‚ three of which were starts‚ and last played in November‚ said afterwards.
 “There was speculation going around that I would be leaving.
 “Before the game I had a meeting with the coaches. They told me that they were giving me the opportunity‚ though I had been on the bench and not been playing.
 “So for me‚ starting ahead of those who had been playing was a risk for the coaches because people could be saying those players had been there before me. So why did they give me the opportunity?
 “So if I didn’t grab it with both hands‚ it meant I didn’t really appreciate what they gave to me.
 “So I decided to return the favour by giving them a good performance.” 
ATHLETICS
US-based student joins SA's record-breaking party
US-based student Derrick Mokaleng has gatecrashed the party of South African record breakers‚ posting a 400m time that would have taken bronze at two of the past three world indoor championships.
Mokaleng won his contest in the Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock in 45.76sec on Friday to improve on the 46.25 mark he had run at Albuquerque last month.
With Dominique Scott breaking her SA indoor 1500m record in Boston on Saturday night — her second national mark in a week — no fewer than seven SA bests have fallen since January 20.
Ncincilili Titi‚ a member of the SA team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games team who also trains in America‚ started the run in January when he went 20.45 in the 200m.
Luvo Manyonga and Carina Horn did it in the men’s long jump and women’s 60m in Europe during the week.
All of them have represented SA at senior level except for Mokaleng‚ a national under-20 athlete whose latest effort makes him a potential medal contender for the 2018 world indoor championships in Birmingham next month.
His time ranks him eighth in the world so far this season — the same as Scott in the women’s 1500m.
A student at Texas Christian University‚ Mokaleng will have to wait to see if he is selected for the SA team.
Scott finished fourth in 4min 07.25sec at the grand prix meet on Saturday‚ taking nearly three seconds off the 4:10.90 she’d clocked during a mile race in New York last year. 
FOOTBALL
We should have won 10-0‚ says disappointed Wits coach Hunt
Wits coach Gavin Hunt was not surprised by his side’s failure to punish Pamplemousses SC of Mauritius in a CAF African Champions League preliminary round first leg encounter at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday.
Striker Eleazer Rodgers and midfielder Kabomelo Kodisang got the two first half goals that gave the Clever Boys a 2-0 victory‚ but Hunt was left disappointed with the number of chances his team wasted.
“This form (Saturday’s) we are taking from the PSL‚” said Hunt following his team’s failure to bury the Mauritian visitors under an avalanche of goals.
“I keep saying every week that the reason we are where we are (on the PSL log) is because of our lack of goal scoring‚ which is what we saw tonight.
“We should have won 10-0.
“But the form you saw tonight is the form we have in the PSL‚ and that’s a problem.”
The second leg will be played on February 21 but Hunt is more worried by injuries and fatigue that impact on their domestic league match against Lamontville Golden Arrows in Durban on Saturday before they travel to the island.RUGBY
Jones hails England ‘courage’ after gruelling Wales win
England coach Eddie Jones praised his side’s “courage” after they saw off Wales 12-6 at a rainswept Twickenham to preserve an unbeaten start to their Six Nations title defence on Saturday.
Jones’s men were 12-0 up come the 20-minute mark after wing Jonny May crossed twice for his first two Championship tries.
But Owen Farrell’s conversion of May’s second try marked the end of England’s points-scoring and they had to defend resolutely, with replacement back-row forward Sam Underhill making a superb try-saving tackle on Wales centre Scott Williams in the second half.
This was a very different contest from the 46-15 Rome rout of Italy with which England launched their title defence as Wales, who had enjoyed one day’s more preparation, pressed hard after a poor start.
“The win was built around a lot of courage and a lot of belief in the team,” said Jones.
“I thought the execution of the game plan by the players was absolutely outstanding and our application of courage and effort in defence was first class.”
The Championship will take one of its traditional breaks following Scotland’s match against France on Sunday, with England resuming their bid for an unprecedented third successive outright Six Nations title away to the Scots on February 24.
But Jones, whose ultimate goal with England is to win the 2019 World Cup in Japan, promised there would be no let-up ahead of a potentially tricky clash at Murrayfield.
“When you have success, it is easy to sit back and complacency sits next to you. It is important we keep doing those things that allow you to win those arm-wrestles,” explained the Australian, who has now won 24 of his 25 Teats in charge of England.
ATHLETICS
Dominique Scott breaks second South Africa record in a week
US-based distance star Dominique Scott has broken her second South African record in a week‚ this time in the indoor 1500m.
Scott finished fourth in 4min 07.25sec at a grand prix meet in Boston on Saturday night‚ taking nearly three seconds off the 4:10.90 she had clocked during a mile race in New York last year.
Scott‚ who improved her own 3,000m national indoor mark to 8:41.18 in New York last weekend‚ edged British indoor champion Sarah McDonald into fifth place by 0.37sec in Boston to bag the last three available grand prix points.
Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia won in 4:04.38‚ ahead of Jamaican Aisha Praught (4:04.95) and another Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay‚ a bronze medallist at the last world indoor championships in 2016 who went 4:05.91 on Saturday night.
This is the fourth SA indoor record to have fallen in a week‚ with Luvo Manyonga and Carina Horn doing it in the men’s long jump and women’s 60m in Europe during the week. 
SOCCER
Four-goal hero Aguero salutes Kevin de Bruyne
Sergio Aguero was the four-goal hero of Manchester City’s 5-1 victory over Leicester, but the Argentina striker was quick to praise Kevin de Bruyne for his contribution to the rout.
 Aguero demolished Leicester in the second half at Eastlands on Saturday as the Premier League leaders moved another step closer to the title.
Aguero’s third haul of three goals or more this season took his total for the campaign to 28 and his overall City tally to 197.
But as impressive as Aguero was, City again owed a lot to Belgium midfielder De Bruyne, who created his side’s opening three goals in another outstanding display.
“Luckily Kevin De Bruyne is playing for us and helping us to score,” said Aguero, who with 143 Premier League strikes is now only three short of moving into the competition’s top 10.
“I am very lucky because most of the goals come from his assists — I just have to hit the ball. I am happy for him as well. He is a great player and any team in the world would love to have him.”
It was the perfect way for City to sign off from Premier League action for the month, with Pep Guardiola’s side having Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup commitments in the next fortnight.
With a League Cup final date against Arsenal looming at the end of the month, Aguero said City are focused on silverware rather than individual plaudits.
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