SPORTS DAY: Cape golfing sensation, 8, nips into the lead

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SPORTS DAY: Cape golfing sensation, 8, nips into the lead

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GOLF
Young Capetonian shares lead in Scotland
Eight-year-old Athlone golfing phenomenon Traigh Pathon is tied for first place after the opening day of the European Kids Golf Championship in Scotland. Traigh hit his first golf ball when he was 14 months old, appeared in his first TV advertisement at 18 months, and played his first round of golf at the tender age of four.
Golfer breaks trophy at airport
Did she have a problem with her grip? Swedish golfer Jenny Haglund broke her first trophy won in the US in an airport accident. “I had the glass trophy in my hand luggage but I knocked it over accidentally at the security control at the airport,” the 24-year-old said. “It wasn’t a big fall, but it still broke. They said it was considered a weapon and confiscated it,” she said. Organisers have promised to send her a new trophy.
SOCCER
Sterling defends assault rifle tattooManchester City and England star Raheem Sterling has been forced to defend his new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle on his right calf. Lucy Cope, who founded Mothers Against Guns after her son Damian was shot dead outside a club in central London in July 2012, said the ink was “totally unacceptable”. In a post on Instagram, the 23-year-old player said: “When I was 2 my father died from being gunned down to death I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my life time, I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning N still unfinished.”  
Baxter was affected by Safa election fiasco
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter believes the acrimonious SA Football Association election has hampered his efforts to appoint a full-time second assistant-coach. “I’ve made recommendations quite a while back and I think for various reasons it’s been held in abeyance‚” he said. Asked if the elections seemed to distract from the task of appointing an assistant‚ Baxter replied: “I think that’s been … you know‚ people have got one eye on the ball‚ so to speak. It’s certainly been difficult in this period to drive things through.”
Fans face long World Cup trips
England fans can expect to rack up the air miles and take a major hit to their bank balances to follow their side at the World Cup. According to research by Virgin Media and the Football Supporters’ Federation, England fans could end up spending £5,000 (about R84,000) and travelling more than 5,472km by air to watch the group fixtures. That would make a total flight time of about 12 hours and 15 minutes, ranking them 22nd among the 32 teams in Russia. Uruguay fans will, however, spend 25 hours and 39 minutes on three different flights just to travel from Montevideo to Ekaterinburg to watch their opener against Egypt. Fans of Peru wanting to watch their team in all three group matches will spend about 36 hours — the most time among those travelling by plane to first reach Russia then watch the matches.Madrid too successful for their own good 
Real Madrid now boast a record 13 European Cups, but that’s too many, it seems. Their latest, in Kiev over Liverpool, will not fit alongside the other 12 in their museum at the Santiago Bernabeu. Spanish newspaper Marca report the club are working on creating another exhibition space so that the 13 trophies can be displayed together next week.
TENNIS
Nadal downs feisty BolelliRafael Nadal overcame a spirited show of aggressive groundstroke hitting by lucky loser Simone Bolelli as he launched his campaign for an eleventh crown on the clay of Roland Garros with 6-4 6-3 7-6(9) victory. Resuming the match on Tuesday after a thunderstorm ended the previous night’s play early, Nadal was forced to an entertaining tiebreak to wrap up a hard-fought French Open first round encounter. “It was a very difficult match. Simone played so aggressive, he had so many chances in the third (set),” Nadal said.
CRICKET
Banned Warner, Bancroft sign up for competition 
Australian batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have signed up for a limited overs tournament in Northern Territory in July as they look to return to cricket in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa which saw them banned from the national team.
MOTOR SPORT
‘F1 cannot count on continued high hosting fees’
Formula One can no longer count on raking in huge sums of money from race hosting fees and is right to chase fresh revenue streams, according to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. A number of race promoters were in Monaco last weekend for talks with commercial rights holders Liberty Media, who took over in January last year and ousted former supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Several have called for revised contracts, while there has been speculation that a proposed new race in Miami for 2019 will have much cheaper terms because of its strategic importance. “Sanction fees were one of the three key revenue generators in the old Bernie Formula One business model,” Wolff said. “Bernie was squeezing the last cent out for the benefit of the shareholders and the teams but it left certain promoters in a very difficult economic situation.”
ICE HOCKEY
Knights strike first in Stanley Cup thriller 
Tomas Nosek struck twice as the Vegas Golden Knights staged a late fightback to defeat the Washington Capitals 6-4 in a thrilling opening game one of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday. The Knights started the NHL season as 500-1 outsiders according to bookmakers odds, but have confounded conventional wisdom by powering into the Stanley Cup finals at the first go. Game two in the best-of-seven series takes place on Wednesday.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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