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SPORTS DAY: Go easy on Barca, Sundowns told

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SOCCER
Sundowns told not to get stuck into Barca
Mamelodi Sundowns were under instruction to not kick Barcelona‚ and not get fully stuck in‚ in the 3-1 Mandela Centenary  Cup defeat by the Pretoria team at FNB Stadium on Wednesday night. Sundowns noticeably did not get stuck into Barcelona in the physical challenges‚ particularly in midfield‚ with less contact than might normally have been expected from the team in a competitive game. Coach Pitso Mosimane said that with most of Barca’s squad set to compete in the World Cup next month‚ he instructed his players to not go rashly into challenges. 
United edge City in payments
English champions Manchester City’s record-breaking campaign earned them £149.4-million from the Premier League, but they were just beaten by rivals Manchester United on the earnings table. United, who finished second in the league, received £149.7-million since they had two more games televised than City during the campaign. Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal were the only other clubs to earn more than £140-million. West Bromwich Albion, who were relegated to the second-tier after finishing last, received £94.7-million.Failed Ronaldo bid is Wenger’s biggest regret 
Failing to sign Cristiano Ronaldo is outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s biggest transfer regret in his almost 22-year-reign at the Premier League club, the 68-year-old has said. Arsenal lost out on signing Ronaldo to rivals Manchester United in 2003. “The obvious player [that we missed out on] that comes to mind is [Cristiano] Ronaldo,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website https://www.arsenal.com. “He was here with his mother and we were very close. Then Man United came in and they had Carlos Queiroz at the time, who was their coach. United played against Sporting Lisbon and Ronaldo was outstanding and they signed him.” 
MOUNTAINEERING
Missing Sherpa presumed dead
A sherpa guide who went missing four days ago on Mount Everest is presumed dead, Nepali officials said on Thursday – the first feared death of the climbing season on the world’s highest mountain. Lama Babu Sherpa reached the summit with a team of climbers and other guides on Monday, but became separated from the group as they descended and has not been seen since. A government official at Everest base camp confirmed that Lama was presumed dead: “Climbers found his clothes and other belongings but not the body.” 
RUGBY
Lions unfazed by indecent assault charge
Lions coach Swys de Bruin insists his team were not adversely affected on their recent tour of Australasia after an allegation of indecent assault surfaced against one of the members of the coaching staff. Lions assistant coach Joey Mongalo appeared in a Sydney court on May 9 on a charge of indecent assault and was released on conditional bail. He has to report to the same court on June 20. “The morale of the team is very high‚” De Bruin said on Thursday.
Find another idol, says Cheika
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has refused to criticise Israel Folau over his anti-gay sentiments and said youngsters should find another idol if they don’t agree with their sporting heroes. In his first comments on the matter, Cheika was asked what his message would be to a young gay child who looked up to Folau. “Self-esteem in people, no matter who they are, is extremely important – self-belief, self-esteem – and if that’s something that you don’t agree with, then you detach from that,” he told Fox Sports Australia. “That way it’ll be, ‘he’s no longer my idol’ if that’s the case.” 
BASKETBALL
Harden, Davis, James finalists for MVP award
Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for NBA Most Valuable Player honours. Harden, the league’s leading scorer in the regular season with an average of 30.4 points per game, appears the favourite to succeed Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook as MVP when the awards are announced on June 25.
SWIMMINGLedecky smashes own 1,500m record
Five-time Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky smashed her own 1,500m freestyle world record by five seconds on Wednesday in her first race as a professional. The 21-year-old US star touched the wall in 15:20:48 seconds at the Pro Swim event in Indianapolis, obliterating her previous best of 15:25.48 set at the World Championships in Kazan in 2015. “I was pretty surprised when I saw the ‘20,’” Ledecky said with a little laugh.
MOTORSPORT
Ferrari told to change wing mirrors for Monaco 
Halo-mounted wing mirrors will remain legal in Formula One but  Ferrari must change the fixings used in Spain last weekend before next week’s Monaco Grand Prix, the governing FIA said on Thursday. The International Automobile Federation posted a clarification to teams saying they could legitimately design mirrors to minimise any negative aerodynamic effects but benefits should be minimal. In the interests of better visibility, teams were told last month they could fix mirrors to the halo head protection device that encircles the cockpit and that became mandatory this season. Ferrari’s solution pushed the boundaries, with winglets above the mirrors that were fixed to the halo, and raised suspicions they were designed to produce an aerodynamic advantage.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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