SPORTS DAY: Sundowns clash with Barca all but a 'done deal'
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Caf expected to allow Sundowns to face Barcelona
Mamelodi Sundowns have asked‚ and are likely to be granted‚ a postponement of their next African Champions League tie so they can play Barcelona in a friendly at Soccer City on May 16. Sundowns want the Confederation of African Football to push back the game for a week and let them take on Horoya of Guinea in Conakry on May 22 instead of May 15 as scheduled. CAF have officially not confirmed the change but their officials said it was all but a “done deal”.
Joburg to host inaugural convention
Boxing SA‚ the national department of Sport and Recreation and the African Union Sport Council Region 5 will host the inaugural Southern African Boxing Convention this month‚ BSA chief executive Tsholofelo Lejaka has announced. He said 15 countries in the SADC region will converge at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg from May 23-25. This convention coincides with the Africa Month Celebration.
I don't want a war, says Khoza
Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza has indicated he does not want a war in football sparked by the allegations made against him by South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan. Khoza has refuted allegations in a case opened by Jordaan at the police of defamation‚ criminal collusion and conspiracy against Khoza. It is alleged Khoza was the catalyst in a rape case opened against Jordaan last month by singer and former ANC MP Jennifer Ferguson. Allegations were that Khoza had paid for Ferguson’s flights and accommodation to south Africa through a third party.
Football unites for Ferguson after surgery
David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo were among those to offer messages of support to British football’s most successful manager, Alex Ferguson, after the former Manchester United boss had emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. United said on Saturday Ferguson’s surgery had gone “extremely well”, but the 76-year-old would need intensive care. Ferguson won 49 trophies during his illustrious managerial career, and led United to 38 trophies during his nearly 27-year reign at the club.
Cardiff promoted to Premier League
Cardiff City secured promotion to the Premier League after a goalless draw with Reading on Sunday helped them clinch second place in the second-tier Championship on the final day of the campaign. Fulham, who were in contention for automatic promotion to the top flight, slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Birmingham City to finish third. That result ended Fulham’s 23-match unbeaten run in the Championship and forced them to settle for a play-off spot. Cardiff finished with 90 points, two points ahead of Fulham but nine adrift of champions Wolverhampton Wanderers.
MOTOR GPSmashing spectacle as Marquez wins in Spain
Marc Marquez won his home Spanish Grand Prix and took the overall MotoGP lead on Sunday after the reigning champion’s main rivals collided spectacularly. The Honda rider was in a race of his own for the last eight laps after the Ducati pairing of Andrea Dovizioso, the previous championship leader, and Jorge Lorenzo collided with Honda’s Dani Pedrosa while fighting for second place. All three walked away from the crash. French Tech3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco was gifted the runner-up slot, 5.241 seconds behind, and is now Marquez’s closest rival in the championship.
Park prevails to win second Maekyung Open
Park Sang-hyun won the Asian Tour’s Maekyung Open for the second time after nailing a clutch putt for par at the third play-off hole to edge fellow South Korean Chang Yik-eun in Seongnam on Sunday. The 35-year-old watched Chang slide his par putt past the hole on the 18th green, then drained his own from three feet to add a second title to the one he won, also in a play-off, at the Namseoul Country Club in 2016.
Injury puts Bok hooker Marx in doubt for Tests
Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx will return home for scans on the groin injury he suffered playing Super Rugby for the Lions in Wellington on Saturday, raising doubts about his availability for the June Test series against England. The 23-year-old, South Africa’s first-choice rake since the international retirement of Adriaan Strauss in 2016, lasted just nine minutes of the Lions’ 28-19 loss to the Hurricanes in the New Zealand capital.
BASKETBALLTake it to the bank: LeBron sinks Raptors
LeBron James banked in a running floater as time expired to cap a 38-point effort, and the Cleveland Cavaliers took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a dramatic 105-103 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Kevin Love recorded 21 points and 16 rebounds as fourth-seeded Cleveland defeated Toronto for the ninth straight time during the post-season. Kyle Korver made four three-pointers while scoring 18 points, George Hill had 12 points and Jeff Green tallied 11 for the Cavaliers. Kyle Lowry had 27 points and seven assists for the top-seeded Raptors, who are one defeat away from being eliminated by Cleveland in the play-offs for the third straight season.
Saracens sweat on Brits fitness ahead of semi
South Africa’s Schalk Brits could be denied one last home match in front of the Saracens’ faithful after suffering a hamstring injury in the European champions’ final game of the regular English Premiership season on Saturday. The 36-year-old hooker is set to retire at the end of the current campaign, having been a key figure in the London club’s rise during the past eight years, including their back-to-back European titles in 2015/16 and 2016/17. Saracens thrashed visitors Gloucester 62-12 on Saturday and will be back at their Allianz Park ground in a fortnight for a Premiership semifinal with Wasps.