SPORTS DAY: 'He's much Tau good to be overlooked'
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Just give award to Tau: Mosimane
Pitso Mosimane is yet to see the player in the Absa Premiership in 2017-18 who can challenge Percy Tau for the Player of the Season award‚ the Mamelodi Sundowns coach has said. On Saturday night‚ in Sundowns’ 1-1 Absa Premiership draw against SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium‚ the Brazilians’ prodigious talent Tau again showed both sides of his developing game. He miscued a chance in front of a wide-open goal soon after Thabo Mnyamane had given SuperSport a 12th-minute lead. But the Bafana Bafana star then was the spearhead trying to break down a Matsatsantsa setup – with three centrebacks‚ two wingbacks‚ and three central midfielders – to defend and break on the counter. Tau equalised in the 79th.
Semenya to name new coach
Caster Semenya expects to name her new coach by Thursday. The middle-distance star recently relocated to Pretoria after three years in Potchefstroom where she was trained by Jean Verster. “I will have a coach by March 1‚” Semenya said after winning the 400m at the Gauteng North championships in 52.45sec at the Tuks track on Saturday‚ adding she already knew who that person would be.
Jobodwana in race to be at birth
Anaso Jobodwana wants to be the compete sprinter‚ but he’s not sure he will win the race to be at his American wife’s side for the birth of their child in the next few weeks. “It’s up to the US because [of] the visa situation‚” he said after clocking an unofficial 100m best of 10.07sec at the Gauteng North championships at the Tuks track on Saturday. “My baby is coming in three to four weeks so hopefully I’ll be able to make it. But if he doesn’t get there in time‚ they’re making contingency plans. We’ve already discussed it‚ FaceTime‚ you know‚ just to be part of that process.”RUGBY
Hurricanes coach praises the Bulls
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd praised the Bulls while delivering a damning assessment of his team’s performance following their 21-19 defeat at Loftus on Saturday. “I don’t think anybody would be proud of their performance‚” Boyd said. “Collectively it was well short of what we expect from each other.” Asked if he drew any positives from the game, Boyd said: “Uhhh‚ probably none.” The result might have been different had the match officials not disallowed what looked like a legitimate try for scrumhalf TJ Perenara in the second half. But Boyd said: “You could probably pick out 20 similar tries or no tries and you’d get 10 awarded and 10 not. It’s one of those. That is not the reason we lost the game.”
Chumba reigns supreme
Kenya’s Dickson Chumba cruised to victory at the Tokyo Marathon, beating Japan’s Yuta Shitara who set a national record on Sunday. Chumba, who previously won the event in 2014, sprinted clear from the lead pack near the 36km mark and held off a late charge from Shitara to cross the line in two hours, five minutes and 30 seconds. Shitara was 41 seconds adrift as he finished ahead of Kenya’s Amos Kipruto, who timed 2:06:33.
Taylor, Latham guide NZ to win
Ross Taylor scored his 18th one-day international century and combined in a 178-run partnership with Tom Latham to lead New Zealand to a three-wicket win over England in the first game of their five-match series at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. Taylor (113) and Latham (79) helped the hosts recover from 27 for three in the 10th over to reach 287 for seven in the final over after England had scored a credible 284 for eight. Mitchell Santner, who scored just two from his first nine deliveries, scored another 43 from the next 18, won the game with his fourth six and finished on 45 not out.GOLF
Pepperell edges Fisher for maiden title
England’s Eddie Pepperell held off compatriot Oliver Fisher to claim his first European Tour title at the Qatar Masters on Sunday. The pair entered the final day at the top of the leaderboard and, while Pepperell carded two-under par 70 to finish 18-under overall, his playing partner recovered from three bogeys on the front-nine to finish just one shot behind. Fisher could have forced a play-off at Doha Golf Club but missed a birdie putt from 10 feet on the 18th.OLYMPICS
Two Koreas march apart
The two Koreas marched behind their own flags as the curtain fell on Sunday on two weeks of competition against a backdrop of diplomatic manoeuvring at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. At a colourful and cold ceremony, unlike the Games’ opening, the North and South Korean athletes marched separately and waving their national flags, although some North Koreans held the blue-and-white Korean Unification emblem. US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was just a few seats away from North Korea’s Kim Yong-chol, who is accused of masterminding attacks on South Korea and is blacklisted by Seoul.RUGBY
Welcomes to the losers’ club
World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward said Eddie Jones had been put through a “rite of passage” following England’s shock 25-13 defeat by Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. Scotland’s first win over their oldest rivals in a decade dealt a stunning blow to Six Nations champions England’s hopes of a successful title defence and ended their bid for a second Grand Slam in three years. Three years before Woodward guided England to a 2003 World Cup final win over an Australia side coached by Jones, his hopes of a Grand Slam died in a final round 19-13 loss away to Scotland. “Welcome to the club, Eddie,” Woodward wrote in his Mail on Sunday column.
Ever-hungry Kohli wants more
Indian captain Virat Kohli refused to bask in his team’s success in South Africa as he received the International Cricket Council Test championship mace for the second year running. Somewhat incongruously, the mace was presented to Kohli on Saturday at the end of a triumphant limited overs campaign. India won a one-day international series 5-1 and a Twenty20 series 2-1. Perhaps it was a reminder to Kohli that second-ranked South Africa had won a Test series at the start of the tour. “I’d say we are still 80%,” Kohli said of the Test team. “When we are able to achieve what we want to in the two tours, we’ll be more content. But our 80% is also exciting. To be a world-class side, you have to be 100%.“
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE