SPORTS DAY: Which of these codgers will take home $9m?
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Woods, Mickelson confirm $9m duel
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will go head to head in a winner-take-all $9m matchplay duel in Las Vegas in November, it was announced by ESPN on Wednesday. “It’s an opportunity for us to bring golf to the masses in prime time during a period where we don’t have much going on in the world of golf,” said Mickelson. “It’s a way to show a side you don’t normally see by having us miked up to hear some of the interaction between us.” The duo had an occasionally frosty relationship during their prime years at the summit of men’s golf, but have enjoyed warmer ties recently.
One change for the BoksSpringbok coach Rassie Erasmus has made one change to the starting line-up, with lock Franco Mostert returning for Saturday’s clash against Argentina in Mendoza. Mostert replaces Pieter-Steph du Toit‚ who falls to the bench where he is joined by RG Snyman and Wilco Louw‚ who both missed last week’s 34-21 win over the Pumas in Durban. Marco van Staden and Marvin Orie‚ who were both on the bench a week ago‚ are omitted.
Australia ring changes for All Blacks
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has revamped his misfiring front row and given Dane Haylett-Petty a shot at fullback for the must-win second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland on Saturday. Israel Folau’s ankle injury has forced a backline rejig, with Haylett-Petty taking his place at fullback and Jack Maddocks on the wing for his first Test start.
Leyds to skipper WP
Dillyn Leyds will play left wing and captain Western Province in their 2018 Currie Cup opener against the Free State Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday. Leyds‚ who has played fullback‚ right wing and flyhalf for the union‚ leads the team in a competitive match for the first time.SOCCER
Benni taunts Downs
Losing both Khama Billiat and Percy Tau is a psychological blow to Mamelodi Sundowns‚ claimed Benni McCarthy on Thursday as he attempted to stir the pot before Saturday’s MTN8 semifinal first-leg tie between Cape Town City and the league champions. But he did temper it with a prediction that new signing Toni Silva could turn out to be a marquee player for the Premier Soccer League.
What is Pitso thinking?
It appears that Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is prepared to sacrifice the MTN8 to progress further in the Caf Champions League. The Brazilians face a must-win Champions League Group C clash against Guinean side Horoya at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday. A win will see the Tshwane side finish second and qualify for the quarterfinals of Africa’s premium club competition, which they won in 2016. Any other result will mean an exit for Downs.
Mourinho needs to produce
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho badly needs a performance and result to encourage his club’s supporters when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Monday. After a close-season soured by Mourinho’s discontent over the lack of transfer activity, Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Brighton & Hove Albion brought an early chorus of complaints from fans and former players about the state of the side.
Van Dijk gives Liverpool a new angleLiverpool’s perfect Premier League start has heightened hopes of ending a 29-year wait to win the title, but for once it is Jurgen Klopp’s defence rather than his glittering forward line that is attracting widespread praise. Most of the acclaim has been reserved for Virgil van Dijk after two commanding displays from the giant Dutch centre-back in a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham on the opening weekend of the season and a much closer fought 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Monday. The Anfield club broke the world transfer record for a defender when they signed Van Dijk for £75m from Southampton in January, a valuation that raised eyebrows at the time.
Badminton star on rich list
India’s PV Sindhu is yet to win a world or Olympic title, and competes in the unglamorous sport of badminton. Yet at just 23, she has been listed as the world’s seventh highest paid sportswoman — news that she greets with a smile, but not surprise. Ahead of her are six tennis players with Serena Williams at No1.
Kohli back on top of the world
India captain Virat Kohli has returned to the top of the International Cricket Council’s Test batting rankings following his man-of-the-match effort against England at Trent Bridge. The 29-year-old lost the position to the banned Steve Smith after struggling in the second Test at Lord’s even though the former Australia captain has not played since March.
Force India prepare amid uncertainty
Force India mechanics were preparing their cars for the Belgian Grand Prix on Thursday despite lingering uncertainty about the F1 team’s eligibility to race after a change of ownership. The pink and white trucks and hospitality unit had no Force India branding, with the official team name appearing only over the garage on signs put up by Spa circuit organisers.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE