SPORTS DAY: Europe should be saying ‘send us the Billiat’
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
‘Billiat is too good for PSL’
Khama Billiat at his optimum is the best player in SA‚ Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has said. Billiat showed more signs of his class with a strong second-half performance in Chiefs’ 3-0 MTN8 quarterfinal win against Free State Stars at FNB Stadium on Saturday night. “Billiat is an amazing player‚ a top player. With no disrespect to other players from other clubs‚ Billiat is the best player in the league. The best striker. Billiat can play in Europe without a problem. This guy is not for this league.”
Emery needs time to rebuild Arsenal, says Cech
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech pleaded for patience after Unai Emery’s first match as Arsene Wenger’s successor ended in a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City. “I think they have to understand that when you start building a new team with a new manager and a completely new way it may take time,” said Cech, who kept his place in goal ahead of new signing Bernd Leno. A tough start for the Spanish coach continues next weekend against Cech’s old club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Black car Bolt’s only demand on Aussie football foray
Usain Bolt might be a superstar athlete but the fastest man ever won’t be getting special treatment when he arrives in Australia in his bid to become a professional footballer. Australia’s Central Coast Mariners have agreed to help the eight-time Olympic champion achieve his long-held dream, letting him train with the club indefinitely in his pursuit of a playing contract. He is due to arrive in Gosford, 75km north of Sydney, on his own this weekend and has made just one demand — that his hire car is black.
Boks set to unleash Etzebeth on ArgentinaAfter nine months on the sidelines‚ which included missing the entire 2018 Super Rugby campaign‚ lock Eben Etzebeth is set to be unleashed against the Pumas on Saturday. Etzebeth‚ 26‚ suffered shoulder nerve damage playing against Wales in Cardiff last November. His recovery hit several setbacks along the way‚ because of problems with the nerve. On Monday Bok coach Rassie Erasmus confirmed that Etzebeth would be considered for selection against Argentina for the Rugby Championship opener at King’s Park. “We just received the clearance from the specialist‚” Erasmus told the media in Durban.
Chiliboy to captain SharksAt the back end of his career‚ hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle will captain the Sharks in the 2018 Currie Cup‚ the union confirmed on Monday. Ralepelle‚ who famously led the SA under-21 team to the world championship title in 2005 and captained the Springboks in a mid-week game in 2006‚ is an obvious choice for the job.
Forget World Cup, I want Bledisloe, says Genia
Australia scrumhalf Will Genia would never turn down a World Cup win if one came along, but the Wallabies playmaker believes wresting the Bledisloe Cup away from New Zealand would be an even greater prize. “I’d have to say it’s the pinnacle,” Genia said. “I mean, the World Cup is obviously up there but how often do you get to play the best team in the world three times and have to win two out of three to win a trophy?” Australia last won the Bledisloe Cup in 2002.
Woods returns to top 30
Tiger Woods figured in the world’s top 30 rankings on Monday for the first time since 2014 on the back of his exploits at the PGA Championship. Woods, eight months into his comeback from spinal fusion surgery, conjured up his lowest ever final round in a major, a six under par 64, on Sunday to finish second to Brooks Koepka.
Borg’s son wins Swedish U16 championship
Leo Borg, the 15-year-old son of tennis legend Bjorn Borg, looks to be following in his father’s footsteps, claiming the Swedish under-16 outdoor tennis championship at the weekend. Leo Borg won two straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, to defeat Ross Weibull on Sunday to take home the junior title for the second year in a row. Last year, Borg won both the singles and doubles national championships for 14-year-olds.
India agonises over ‘humiliating’ Lord’s disaster
India’s media on Monday lashed out at “abysmal batting” that led to a crushing innings defeat by England in the second Test at Lord’s. Mail Today called India’s performance a “humiliating defeat” while The Hindu newspaper’s headline said “Another abysmal batting display sends India to its doom” after the team were bowled out for 107 and 130. The tourists lost by an innings and 159 runs to go 2-0 down in the five Test series. Indian writers lambasted India’s batsmen while hailing England’s pace spearhead James Anderson who took nine wickets in the match.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE