SPORTS DAY: Vettel wins Silverstone thriller
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
FORMULA ONEVettel takes British Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel won the British Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to deny Lewis Hamilton a fifth successive home victory and move eight points clear at the top of the Formula One standings. In a thrilling race with two safety car periods, reigning champion Hamilton went from pole position to the rear of the field before finishing second for Mercedes in a superb fightback. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third, after incurring a 10-second penalty for tangling with the slow-starting Hamilton at the third corner of the opening lap and sending the Briton spinning. The win was Vettel’s fourth of the season, 51st of his career, and once-dominant champions Mercedes’ first defeat at Silverstone since 2012 before the V6 turbo era started.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Sagan nabs yellow jersey
World champion Peter Sagan won a crash-marred second stage of the Tour de France and took the overall leader’s yellow jersey with a perfectly timed sprint on Sunday. The Slovak beat Italian Sonny Colbrelli and France’s Arnaud Demare, who were second and third respectively. Colombian Fernando Gaviria, who won the opening stage on Saturday and wore the yellow jersey during the 182.5-km ride from Mouilleron-Saint-Germain, crashed in the finale and was unable to contest the sprint.
Fleck’s relieved but frustrated by season of what-ifs
Stormers coach Robbie Fleck was a mixture of relief and frustration after his side beat the Sharks 27-16 at Newlands on Saturday to end a disappointing campaign in an uplifting way. Three well-taken tries in the first half showed the potential the Stormers possess‚ only for them to become ragged and sloppy in the third quarter before finishing strongly again. The Stormers haven’t been able to string an 80-minute performance together during a campaign where they lost 10 of 16 matches. Said Fleck: “It was nice to finish off on high and once again we showed so much promise by building a good halftime lead (21-9) but then let ourselves down a bit after the break.”
TENNISFederer, Serena aim to advance on ‘manic Monday’
Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be expected to maintain their flawless progress at Wimbledon as the title favourites head into the fourth round looking to survive the tournament’s giant-killing carnage on Monday. Federer has been in imperious mood in pursuit of his ninth Wimbledon crown, while Williams is rounding into form just as the seven-time champion’s rivals have collapsed around her. Federer faces French 22nd seed Adrian Mannarino for a place in the quarterfinals. Although Federer is approaching peak form, he knows world No1 Rafael Nadal and three-time Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic, playing his way back to his best this week, are lurking as potential final opponents.
CAF ban Kenyan referee for life over bribe
A Kenyan referee who had been chosen for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been banned for life after accepting a bribe, the African Football Confederation (CAF) said on Sunday. Marwa Range was dropped from the World Cup list after a media sting exposed him accepting a $6,000 bribe from a journalist posing as a Ghanaian football official. The CAF gave no details about what Range was expected to do in return for the cash. Range is the second major casualty of a series of stings by Ghanaian journalists, which led to follow countryman Kwesi Nyantakyi resigning as CAF first vice-president over corruption. A total of 22 referees are affected by the CAF crackdown with Togolese Yanissou Bebou and Gambian Jallow Ebrima banned for 10 years each. Ivory Coast referee Denis Dembele, a regular on the African national team and club fixtures circuit, got a six-year ban.
Pakistan beat Australia to lift tri-series trophy
Opener Fakhar Zaman smashed a career-best 91 from 46 balls as Pakistan defeated Australia by six wickets in a record run chase to lift the tri-series trophy at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe on Sunday. Australia won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track in the final, posting 183 for eight in their 20 overs with the innings anchored by opener D’Arcy Short’s stylish 76 from 53 balls. Pakistan were in trouble early on in their reply as they lost their first two wickets with just two runs on the scoreboard. But Zaman launched a ferocious counter-attack with an innings that included 12 fours and three sixes, bringing up his half-century in 30 balls. Pakistan won the game with four balls to spare to secure victory in the final of the series that also involved hosts Zimbabwe.
Hierro leaves job as Spain coach after World Cup exit
Fernando Hierro, who stood in as Spain coach when Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, will not continue in the role, the Spanish football federation said Sunday. Under the former Real Madrid and Spain defender, who had little previous coaching experience, 2010 winners Spain lost on penalties to host nation Russia in the last 16. “After travelling many kilometres together, the Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro have put an end to their relationship,” the federation said. Hierro declined to return to his previous job as the federation’s technical director and “will undertake new professional challenges”, the federation wrote.
BADMINTONMomota claims second title at Indonesia Open
Japanese shuttler Kento Momota claimed his second Indonesia Open badminton title on Sunday after defeating first-seeded Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the men’s singles. The 23-year-old started with a convincing lead 11-1 to the first game’s interval before closing the match 21-14 and 21-9 after several unforced errors by the Dane. Momota won bronze in the 2015 Indonesia Open but was slapped with a 12-month ban by the Japan Badminton Association the following year after being caught gambling in an illegal casino. This is Momota’s biggest title since his 2017 comeback.
France ready to show Henry he picked wrong side
France will go into their World Cup semifinal against neighbours Belgium with a “hunger to win” and a desire to show their 1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry that he picked the wrong side, forward Olivier Giroud said on Sunday. Retired French striker Henry is now a member of the Belgian coaching staff. The two sides will meet on Tuesday to decide who plays in July 15’s World Cup final. “It is bizarre to have Thierry against us in this match,” Giroud said. “I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose the wrong camp.”
Kings’ Bagley to get MRI on hip flexor/groin
Sacramento Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday after getting injured in the team’s summer league game on Saturday night, the team announced. The Kings’ 19-year-old rookie tweaked his right hip flexor and groin area during Sacramento’s 71-63 loss to the Phoenix Suns Saturday in Las Vegas. Sacramento announced that the former Duke star would miss the Sunday summer league game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Bagley is doubtful to play on Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
AFP, Reuters and TimesLIVE