SPORTS DAY: Pirates keep Premiership hopes alive

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SPORTS DAY: Pirates keep Premiership hopes alive

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SOCCER
Pirates keep PSL title hopes alive
Orlando Pirates are still alive in the Absa Premiership title race that has turned into a two-horse affair between them and Mamelodi Sundowns. The Buccaneers beat Usuthu 2-1 at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday through goals in either half by Musa Nyatama and Thabo Qalinge to narrow the gap on log-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns to three points. Pirates, who have played one game more, remain within touching distance of the Brazilians who have the opportunity to restore their six-point lead at the summit when they take on Golden Arrows at Loftus on Tuesday.
Relief for coach as Chiefs beat Stars
Kaizer Chiefs finally halted their slide into oblivion when the beleaguered club beat relegation-threatened Platinum Stars 1-0 at FNB Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Man of the match Hendrick Ekstein put a smile of relief on coach Steve Komphela’s face early in the second half when he beat Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela with a powerful shot in the 49th minute. Komphela is often criticised for keeping faith with Ekstein and the midifielder repaid his confidence in him by scoring a priceless goal.
Mosimane pleads for calm
Amid scenes of euphoria from their fans after Mamelodi Sundowns took a significant step towards an eighth league title following a 2-0 win over Bidvest Wits on Saturday night at Loftus‚ coach Pitso Mosimane is calling for calm. The Brazilians enjoy a significant three-point lead over second-placed Orlando Pirates, though with a game in hand. “I can see that people are happy but we must calm down because this thing is not yet done‚” Mosimane said. “I think we need seven points from our remaining four matches to win the league.”
Comitis warns truant player Patosi
Cape Town City owner John Comitis says it is time for Ayanda Patosi to “man up” and take responsibility for his career after he was again left out of the squad that drew 0-0 with SuperSport United in the Absa Premiership on Saturday. The talented playmaker missed training ahead of the 1-1 draw with Maritzburg United on April 7‚ the latest in a number of incidents that have derailed a hugely promising career. “He missed a day’s training before the last game and it was critical for us to have everybody focused. “We can’t allow one player to mess it up for everyone else‚” Comitis said.COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Blitzboks fail to deliver golden sunset
The golden sunset the Blitzboks were supposed to give Team South Africa on the final day of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday first turned bronze and then it went black. All Black. The defending champions from Glasgow 2014 travelled to the Robina Stadium in Gold Coast with SA clinging to fifth spot on the medals table with 13 gold medals, one more than New Zealand, who had more silvers and bronze. The SA team had to take the men’s gold and then hope the New Zealanders win no more than one gold from the women’s sevens and the women’s doubles squash. But the Blitzboks didn’t even get close, faltering in the semifinal against Fiji. In the playoff for third place the Blitzboks lost 21-14 against England.
SA near bottom in terms of gender equity
Men still rule South African sport. That much was obvious after the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast‚ where Team SA finished close to rock bottom in terms of gender equity among medallists. Team SA improved to sixth on the medals table from seventh four years ago‚ but of the top 10 nations they had the lowest ratio of female medal-winners. Women delivered 10 of SA’s 37 medals — or 27% — while six of the top-10 nations had more female medallists than men. Men won 26 and one was delivered by the mixed lawn bowls pair.
BOXING
Tete unfazed by challenger Omar
WBO bantamweight boxing champion Zolani “Last Born” Tete is well aware that he will have to be on top of his game when he faces vastly experienced former world champion Omar Andres Narvaez at SSE Arena in Belfast‚ Northern Ireland‚ on Saturday. But the explosive knockout artist from Mdantsane‚ Eastern Cape‚ said he cannot afford to falter against Narvaez as a defeat would have severe consequences on his future. “The guy [Narvaez] has so much experience‚ and that I cannot take away from him‚” Tete said.
RUGBY
Sharks coach lambastes players
Sharks coach Robert du Preez lambasted his side for what he termed a “lack of effort” in their 40-10 humbling at the hands of the Bulls at King’s Park on Saturday. Du Preez said the defeat was an “embarrassment”. “After you’ve played two really good games in New Zealand (where) the team showed how talented it is you come back and have an absolute embarrassment at home. “That is what it is‚ an embarrassment. I think a complete lack of effort.”FORMULA ONE
Ricciardo storms to sensational victory
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won a sensational Chinese Grand Prix in thrilling style on Sunday when he stormed through the field from sixth place after taking on fresh tyres under a safety car. The Australian, who only made it into qualifying with seconds to spare after his blown engine had to be rebuilt, took the lead with just 10 laps to go in Shanghai when he charged past race leader Valtteri Bottas, who finished second in a Mercedes. Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who led from pole until the first set of tyre stops, dropped back to finish eighth after colliding with Max Verstappen.
SOCCER
City title win would be ‘one of the best’
Pep Guardiola says winning the Premier League will be one of the greatest achievements of his glittering career after Manchester City moved to the brink of the title with a stylish 3-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday. The side extended their lead over second-placed Manchester United to 16 points thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling at Wembley. Christian Eriksen had reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the first half, but City will be crowned champions if United lose to bottom-of-the-table West Brom on Sunday. Guardiola has won titles with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. “It’s more difficult [to win in England]. Physicality, weather conditions, the amount of games. The Premier League is so, so tough,” Guardiola said.
– Reuters-AFP-TimesLIVE

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