SPORTS DAY: Pitso’s my kind of winning guy, says Teko

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SPORTS DAY: Pitso’s my kind of winning guy, says Teko

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SOCCER
Teko tips Pitso for top award
Teko Modise says Mamelodi Sundowns mentor Pitso Mosimane should win the premiership coach of the season award after leading the Brazilians to the league title. The outspoken Sundowns coach will battle it out with Maritzburg United mentor Fadlu Davids and Orlando Pirates’ Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic  for the honour. “Coach Pitso has won the league and I mean he is a great coach. You can see the way Sundowns are playing in the African Champions League ... He has been doing this consistently as well and ja man‚ obviously they just won the league and he should be the coach of the season,” said Modise.
Lopetegui blends youth and experience
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui named his 23-man World Cup squad on Monday with a rich blend of youth and experience, as well as some high-profile absentees. Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was left out after a disappointing season in England, as was his teammate Marcos Alonso, with Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal picked as back-up for left back Jordi Alba. Lopetegui selected Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa as one of his three centre forwards. Costa, who had a disappointing tournament in Brazil in 2014 as Spain were knocked out at the group stage, has scored seven goals in 18 internationals. Veteran playmaker Andres Iniesta heads to his fourth World Cup along with captain Sergio Ramos.
Matic says United need right signingsNemanja Matic says Manchester United “can fight for the title and the Champions League” if they make the right signings in the transfer window after defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup final left the Old Trafford trophy cabinet bare. Jose Mourinho’s team lost Saturday’s showpiece at Wembley 1-0 to Matic’s former club, with Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty enough to settle the contest. Mourinho has been backed heavily by the club since his arrival, bringing in Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku and Matic for big money, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez were signed on huge contracts. But midfielder Matic believes more is required if United are to compete at home and in Europe next season. “I think we need some players with some experience to bring some more qualities to our team.”
MOUNTAINEERING
One-fingered climber dies on Everest
A celebrated Japanese climber who lost all but one finger to frostbite on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to reach the summit. Nobukazu Kuriki had fallen ill and was descending when his team lost contact with him. The 35-year-old is the third climber this month to perish on the world’s highest peak. The conquest of Everest always eluded the experienced mountaineer, who had achieved solo ascents of two other 8,000m peaks without the use of bottled oxygen.
COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Almost 200 athletes, officials seek asylum 
Nearly 200 people who travelled to the Gold Coast for last month’s Commonwealth Games have applied for asylum in Australia. Several participants from Africa vanished during the international event from April 4-15. A handful of African athletes resurfaced and sought legal advice on how to apply for asylum last week after their Games visas expired on May 15. Some 205 competitors or support staff “are now lawfully in the country because they’ve applied for a visa of some type”, Malisa Golightly from the Home Affairs Department told a parliamentary hearing in Canberra.
TENNIS
Nadal regains No1 spot before French OpenRafael Nadal regained the number one spot ahead of the French Open in the world rankings on Monday after winning his eighth Rome Masters title. The victory saw Nadal overtake Roger Federer, who is not playing the clay court season this year. Former number one Novak Djokovic continued his fall, slipping four places to 22nd. Maria Sharapova’s run to the Italian Open semifinals earned her an 11-place jump to 29th in the WTA rankings. Beaten finalist Simona Halep retains her number one spot with Caroline Wozniacki in second and Garbine Muguruza in third.
GOLF
SA-born golfer wins Byron Nelson
South African-born American Aaron Wise became the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in more than a year when he clinched a three-shot victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas on Sunday. The 21-year-old, playing with a poise beyond his years in only his 26th start on tour, eased away from Marc Leishman and carded a closing six-under-par 65 to take his maiden title. Wise started the final round tied with Leishman but notched six birdies in a seven-hole stretch from the fourth in front of a gallery including former US president George W Bush. “I felt oddly calm all day long and to pull that off and play as good as I did, bogey free, was awesome,” Wise said. He is the first 21-year-old to win on tour since Kim Si-woo at last May’s Players Championship.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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