SPORTS DAY: ‘Anderson can whip Federer,’ says Ferreira
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‘Trust is key for Anderson against Federer’
Kevin Anderson needs to trust his own ability in order to beat Roger Federer in Wednesday’s Wimbledon quarterfinals, his fellow South African tennis star Wayne Ferreira says. Anderson, the big-serving US Open finalist who is seeded eighth, is the first South African to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since Ferreira himself in 1994. “The biggest problem is he needs to trust himself a bit more. He needs to believe that he can win and that’s always the doubt that comes in when it gets closer, towards tie-breakers,” the retired star said. “Kevin plays a little bit tighter whereas Roger always plays more loose. That’s why he’s the champion that he is. Kevin never believed he could make a final of a Grand Slam like he did last year. Now that he does, it makes it easier for him.”
Serena survives scare
Serena Williams survived a major scare before sealing her 11th Wimbledon semifinal appearance as the seven-time champion hit back to beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday. Williams was in danger of a stunning quarter-final exit after world No52 Giorgi became the first player in this year’s tournament to take a set off the former world No1. The 36-year-old will play German 13th seed Julia Goerges on Thursday for a place in Saturday’s final.
Ronaldo signs for JuventusFive-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Juventus from Real Madrid, the La Liga club said on Tuesday. Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record £80-million, is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals.
‘It’s a perfect storm’ for Croats: Bilic
World Cup glory beckons for Croatian stars such as Luka Modric after several traumatic experiences at major tournaments, says their former coach Slaven Bilic. The charismatic 49-year-old, in Russia as a TV pundit for English broadcaster ITV, said Modric and fellow superstar Ivan Rakitic will pose problems for England in their World Cup semifinal on Wednesday they have not had to encounter thus far. “Luka and Rakitic are the best midfield pair in the World Cup,” said Bilic. “But don’t underestimate the rest of the team either.”
Southgate in no mood to change England’s formula
England manager Gareth Southgate says he is not about to change his team’s approach for Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal against Croatia, saying he wants the “same again” from his young side. He is well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field. “They of course have a very strong midfield so, (it is about) denying them space and making sure awareness of distances and coverage of the pitch is correct and (knowing) the right moments to press.”
Wild Boars youngsters get United invitation
English Premier League side Manchester United have invited the Wild Boars football team, as were the Chilean miners rescued in 2010, to visit Old Trafford following their dramatic rescue on Tuesday. The final five members of the young football team — four youngsters and their 25-year-old coach — were rescued from a flooded Thai cave after spending 18 harrowing days trapped deep inside.
Arsenal sign Torreira
Arsenal have completed the signing of Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira from Italian Serie A side Sampdoria, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
I still have a few good years left, says KhumaloFormer Bafana Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo says he is looking forward to a fresh challenge after leaving BidVest Wits. The 31-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur centre-back feels he should be in the prime of his career as he assesses his options ahead of the 2018/19 campaign as a free agent. “I am still hungry and desperate to achieve things. I still think I have a good few years left in me.”
Police warn revellers after disorder
British police have warned World Cup fans to behave ahead of the semifinal clash with Croatia, saying there had been “significant disorder” after England’s win over Sweden. The National Police Chiefs’ Council said it had received reports of at least 387 incidents and 70 arrests around the country following Saturday’s game.
Baxter deal in jeopardy
The chance of Stuart Baxter returning to Kaizer Chiefs appears to be diminishing with each passing day with his contract as Bafana Bafana coach proving to be a huge stumbling block. TimesLIVE has been informed that the Baxter option was on the cards but given that the Bafana coach’s contract with the SA Football Association runs until 2022‚ negotiating a way past this obstacle came with considerable complications.
Willemse speaks out
Ashwin Willemse, who stormed off a live TV show alleging he was a victim of racism from fellow pundits, said on Tuesday he was taking his complaint to the country’s human rights commission. “I will be allowed to engage at that appropriate forum and hopefully in that process restore my dignity,” Willemse told 702 talk radio.
Ex-NBA forward gets six-year prison sentence
Former NBA forward Kermit Washington, best known for a 1977 punch in an on-court fight that nearly killed rival Rudy Tomjanovich, was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison. Washington, 66, was sentenced in Kansas City by US District Judge Greg Kays on charges related to an extensive charity fraud scheme and ordered to pay $967,158 in restitution. “This former NBA player abused his fame and status to promote a charity scam by which he raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that he diverted to personal spending on lavish vacations, shopping sprees, and even plastic surgery for his girlfriend,” said US Attorney Timothy Garrison.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE