SPORTS DAY: If ‘dad’ calls, Doc could return to Chiefs
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Doc won’t rule out return to Chiefs
Doctor Khumalo has not ruled out the possibility of making what would be a sensational return to Kaizer Chiefs if his “father” Kaizer Motaung asks him to come back. Insiders told the Sunday Times a few days ago that the former Bafana Bafana midfield star is being lined up for a possible return to Chiefs to work as an assistant to the new coach who is to replace the sacked Steve Komphela. Speaking after Baroka FC survived the drop to the relegation-promotion playoffs despite a 1-0 loss to SuperSport United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday‚ Khumalo said he would listen should Motaung make the call. “I respect my job at Baroka‚” he said with a smile. “[But] if Bra K calls me‚ he is my father‚ and I will go and listen to what he has to say.”
Navas more scared of Cannes red carpet than SalahReal Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has revealed that he was more scared of walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival than facing Liverpool’s lethal striker Mohamed Salah. The Costa Rican — known as “God’s Goalkeeper” for his strong Christian faith — said he found showing a film about his life at the festival more stressful than a Champions League final. “It’s a delicate question,” he told reporters at Cannes Sunday where he was screening Man of Faith, which recounts his rise from humble origins to become one of Real’s millionaire galacticos. “The Champions League final I know. The red carpet is new ... it’s a bit stressful,” he admitted. The 31-year-old was part of the all-conquering Madrid side that won the European title in 2016 and 2017, and will face the English team in two weeks’ time in this year’s decider.
Food for work offer to finish World Cup stadium
When authorities in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region realised their soccer World Cup stadium wasn’t quite ready, they tried to entice local municipal workers to help them finish it — in exchange for free food and lodging. The stadium, one of 12 venues in Russia for the June 14-July 15 World Cup, will host six matches during the competition, including a quarterfinal and England’s group stage match against Panama.
Currie Cup cut backSomething had to give in the overcrowded rugby calendar in South Africa‚ and that something is the Currie Cup. SA Rugby on Monday announced the fixtures for the 127-year-old tournament showing that the seven teams making up the premier division of the competition would only play a single round of pool fixtures. In other words‚ they will play only six matches before the semifinals‚ doing away with a home and away round-robin. The Currie Cup Premier Division will kick off in Bloemfontein on August 17 when the Free State Cheetahs host the Blue Bulls‚ and the pool stages will conclude on October 13. Overall attendance for the 2017 Currie Cup was 330,000‚ up on 2016, while the unique TV audience was 4.5 million‚ a more than 20% increase on the previous season. SA Rugby are hoping that fewer‚ more meaningful clashes will swell the audience.
Two records fall on Everest
Australian Steve Plain became the fastest climber to scale the highest peaks in seven continents, taking 117 days for a feat popularly called the “Seven Summits”, after he scaled Mount Everest early on Monday. Plain, 36, reached the 8,850m peak of the world’s tallest mountain after climbing more than seven hours from the final camp, at the 8,000m South Col, to break the previous mark of 126 days. The other six peaks are Denali (North America), Elbrus (Europe), Vinson (Antarctica), Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa) and Papua New Guinea’s Carstensz Pyramid (Australasia/Oceania). A Chinese climber also set a record on Monday, becoming the first double amputee to summit Everest from the Nepali side of the peak. Xia Boyu, 70, first tried to reach the top in 1975 but lost both his legs in the process due to frostbite. Subsequent attempts in 2014, 2015 and 2016 failed.
F1 considered Silverstone switch for 1,000th race
Formula One bosses considered moving next year’s British Grand Prix back to April so that Silverstone could host the 1,000th championship race, but that honour will go to China instead, according to the sport’s managing director Sean Bratches. He said the British weather had made such a rescheduling impractical. Silverstone, which hosted the first Formula One championship race in 1950, will put on this year’s British race on July 8.
Federer replaces Nadal as No1Rafael Nadal’s surprise quarterfinal exit at the Madrid Masters has seen the Spaniard replaced as world number one by Roger Federer in the latest ATP rankings published on Monday. Federer returns to the top spot despite not having played since March. Former world No1 Novak Djokovic slipped six places to 18th, his lowest ranking since October 2006. South Africa’s Kevin Anderson moved up to seventh, his highest ever ranking.
Rampant Buttler equals Sehwag record
Jos Buttler said he was revelling in his run of form after cracking a fifth consecutive half-century to equal Virender Sehwag’s Indian Premier League record. The England wicketkeeper-batsman’s unbeaten 94 off 53 balls against the Mumbai Indians kept his Rajasthan Royals in the IPL playoff race and matched Sehwag’s mark set in 2012.
Champ wants stolen medal back
New Zealand boxer David Nyika appealed on Monday for the return of the heavyweight gold medal he won at last month’s Commonwealth Games after it was stolen from his car in Auckland. Nyika said he was taking the medal to show a young fan at a school in the city when he realised thieves had snatched it from his vehicle.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE