SPORTS DAY: What’s gone wrong with Warren Whiteley?
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Whiteley blow for Boks as comeback put on hold
An expected comeback for Warren Whiteley this weekend has been put on hold, effectively ending his chances of an international return when South Africa play Wales and England next month and opening up the Springbok captaincy. Whiteley, 30, participated in full training this week and was expected to be in Super Rugby action for the Lions against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday, hours before new national coach Rassie Erasmus is to name his squad for the June 2 international against Wales in Washington DC and three subsequent tests at home to the touring English. It would have been a timely return, but Whiteley was left out of the Lions line-up without explanation when the team was named on Thursday.
Real Madrid ‘built to win’ Champions LeagueZinedine Zidane’s remarkable run to three consecutive Champions League finals as Real Madrid coach should be no surprise because he “inspires success”, says his former France team mate Christian Karembeu. Karembeu, a double European Cup winning midfielder with Real himself, won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with France alongside Zidane. The Madrid boss is bidding to become the first coach to win the Champions League three times in a row when his side meet Liverpool on Saturday in Kiev.
Price hikes spell misery for fans
Liverpool have complained to the “highest levels” of European football governing body Uefa as spiralling accommodation and travel costs threaten to turn the Champions League final against Real Madrid into a nightmare for fans. Fans are being forced to pay extortionate prices after hotels in the Ukrainian capital began charging up to 100 times their standard rates and some supporters found their early reservations had been cancelled.
Istanbul to host 2020 Champions League final
Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium will host the 2020 Champions League final, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin confirmed in Kiev on Thursday. The 76,000-capacity ground played host to Liverpool’s famous comeback from 3-0 down to win the Champions League on penalties over AC Milan in 2005.
Komphela lashes Eymael over jibeFormer Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela has lashed back at Luc Eymael for a jibe made by the Free State Stars coach after this weekend’s Nedbank Cup final‚ slamming the Belgian as “a mercenary”. Speaking on MetroFM‚ an uncharacteristically emotional Komphela angrily accused Eymael of having insulted not just himself‚ but also Stars and Chiefs. Eymael had rubbed it in during his post-match press conference on Saturday‚ after Stars beat Maritzburg United 1-0 in the Nedbank final‚ that he had won his first trophy in his second year in South Africa‚ while he knows “some of the guys who have worked 13 years without winning a trophy”. This was a clear reference to Komphela‚ who resigned as coach of Chiefs last month.
Hosszu splits from coach and husband
Hungarian Olympic champion and multiple world record holder Katinka Hosszu said on Thursday that she was no longer working with her US coach and husband Shane Tusup. “I would like to get ahead of the gossips, sadly Shane and I haven’t been able to resolve our personal issues, therefore we are no longer working together,” Hosszu, 29, said in a Facebook post.
British man guilty over wife’s near-death fall
A British Army sergeant was on Thursday found guilty of attempting to murder his wife on two occasions, by tampering with her parachute and causing a gas leak at their home. The jury at Winchester Crown Court in southern England heard that Emile Cilliers, 38, loosened a gas valve at his home in March 2015, hoping his wife Victoria would turn on the stove. The couple’s two young children were in the house at the time, but the attempt failed. Less than a week later, the victim suffered severe injuries to her spine, leg and ribs after miraculously surviving a fall from 1,200m when her parachute failed. Cilliers had taken the chute into a toilet cubicle at the airfield and sabotaged it, causing both the main and reserve chutes to fail.
Border hails ‘amazing’ Cook on record
Australia great Allan Border praised the “amazing” Alastair Cook as the England batsman equalled his record of 153 consecutive Tests by playing in the series opener against Pakistan at Lord’s on Thursday. This was the 154th Test of opener Cook’s career — with only illness after he made a century on debut against India at Nagpur in 2006 interrupting a sequence where he has never been dropped by the selectors.
Ricciardo leads Red Bull one-two in Monaco practice
Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo produced a record lap around the streets of Monaco on Thursday as Red Bull dominated opening free practice for Formula One’s most glamorous grand prix. The 28-year-old mastered the winding, metal-fenced streets with a best time of one minute 12.126 seconds, already quicker than Kimi Raikkonen’s 2017 pole position of 1:12.178 for Ferrari. Dutch team mate Max Verstappen was second quickest, 0.154 seconds slower.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE