SPORTS DAY: Wimbledon stunned by Anderson upset
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Anderson stuns Federer
Roger Federer suffered a stunning Wimbledon exit as the defending champion blew a two-set lead and wasted a match point in a 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 quarterfinal defeat against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on Wednesday. The Swiss star collapsed in a nailbiting four hour and 13 minute classic that ranks as one of the tournament’s greatest upsets. It was Federer’s earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.
Countdown starts to players on the clock
The WTA, ATP and USTA will introduce a shot clock at the US Open and hardcourt events in the run up to the year’s final Grand Slam in an attempt to speed up the game, the tennis governing bodies said on Wednesday. Under the new format players will have up to 25 seconds to serve or receive a time violation.
Sagan wins stage five thrillerPeter Sagan, of the Bora team, clinched his second stage win of the 2018 Tour de France on Wednesday, beating Sonny Colbrelli and Alejandro Valverde at the uphill finish of stage five.
Football beats Beyoncé
Who runs the world? Footballers. And not even Beyoncé and Jay-Z can compete. Apparently concerned that the World Cup final will steal the show in Paris on Sunday, where they are due to perform a concert, the first couple of pop have offered to show the game featuring France ahead of their gig. “Beyoncé and Jay-Z invite people with tickets for their concert to come to the Stade de France at 16h00 in order to take advantage of the stadium’s screens, as well as those of the production team, to carry Les Bleus towards their final victory,” the organisers of the Paris leg of the couple’s On The Run II world tour announced.
Brussels metro plays French soccer anthem
Brussels commuters, heading to work the morning after Belgium’s painful World Cup loss to France, had to endure the French soccer anthem piped through the city’s metro on Wednesday. The reason: not only did the national team lose 1-0 in Tuesday’s semifinal but also the Brussels public transport authority lost a bet with its Parisian counterpart. Before the match, the two groups challenged each other on social media. If Belgium won, Paris would change signs at its Saint-Lazare station to “Saint Hazard” in honour of Belgian whirlwind midfielder Eden Hazard.
Pogba dedicates win to Thai cave survivorsPaul Pogba dedicated France’s World Cup semifinal win against Belgium to the 12 boys who survived a harrowing ordeal trapped underground in Thailand. Following the 1-0 win in Saint Petersburg, Manchester United midfielder Pogba tweeted: “This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong.”
Ticket sales slow for Chiefs-Downs opener
There has been a lukewarm public reaction so far to the Shell Helix Ultra Cup pre-season match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns‚ with less than a third of the 94,000 tickets sold so far. Tex Riba of Sail Rights Commercialisation‚ who are in charge of selling tickets‚ said 25 000 had been sold for the game at FNB Stadium on Saturday‚ July 21.
Chippa sign veteran KlateDaine Klate has been announced as a signing for Chippa United for the 2018-19 season as the veteran winger aims to wind down his career in home city Port Elizabeth. Klate (33)‚ the most decorated player in Premier Soccer League history‚ was among 15 new signings announced on Wednesday.
US hedge fund announces takeover of AC Milan
US hedge fund Elliott announced it has taken over Italian giants AC Milan after the club’s Chinese owners failed to repay debt, saying the deal opened “a new chapter” for the football institution.
Arsenal get in on signing action
Arsenal have continued their busy close season transfer activity by signing midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from French Ligue 2 side Lorient for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. France youth international Guendouzi is new Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s fifth signing.
Faf backs Steyn to roar in Sri LankaProteas skipper Faf du Plessis Wednesday backed “dangerous” paceman Dale Steyn and the rest of his bowlers to wreak havoc in Sri Lanka on the eve of the first Test. “In our bowling attack that we have, we have the ability to get 20 wickets on whatever the surfaces,” said Du Plessis.
Boycott recovering after heart surgery
Former England test captain Geoffrey Boycott is recovering after undergoing quadruple heart bypass surgery and will miss commentating on England’s first two tests against India next month. The 77-year-old had the operation on June 27 and spent 10 days recovering in hospital. “The surgeon says the operation was a success and has now allowed him home to recover,” Boycott’s daughter Emma said.
Ponting backs Australian turnaround
Australia still have the best depth of any cricket nation, former skipper Ricky Ponting has said while backing them to turn around their poor one-day international form in time to defend their World Cup title in England and Wales next year.
Zeney sets the pace
World under-18 champion Zeney van der Walt easily made the step up to under-20 as she crunched the fastest time of the 400m hurdles heats at the world championships in Finland on Wednesday morning. Van der Walt was the only one to dip under 58 seconds as she won her heat in 57.78sec.
Retallick back as Chiefs look to quarterfinal
Flyhalf Damian McKenzie has been rested for the Waikato Chiefs’ final regular season Super Rugby match against the Wellington Hurricanes, while lock Brodie Retallick has returned from a broken bone in his chest.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE