SPORTS DAY: Hamilton spoils Ferrari party at Monza
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FORMULA ONEHamilton triumphs in Italy as Ferrari flounder
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton delivered one of his greatest races on Sunday when he wrecked Ferrari’s homecoming party as he stormed to a record-equalling fifth Monza victory in his Mercedes at the Italian Grand Prix. The defending world champion produced a perfectly judged race of raw aggression and astute tyre management to finish 8.7 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who on Saturday had claimed pole position for Ferrari with the fastest lap in Formula One history. His 68th career victory and sixth this year enlarged his championship lead from 17 points to 30 ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who finished fourth in the second Ferrari after spinning on the opening lap after a clash with the Briton as he passed him at the second chicane.
Solinas’s second-guessing proves costly to Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas says he did not react to criticism last week with a changed game plan that backfired in his team's 1-0 MTN8 semifinal defeat against SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on Saturday night. After Wednesday’s 2-2 league draw at FNB against Bloemfontein Celtic Solinas was questioned, including by his own striker, Leonardo Castro, for continuing to attack at 2-0 up, seemingly playing a part in blowing what would have been a valuable first league win for the coach. Solinas was asked if he had reacted criticism and Castro's comments. “No,” he said. “It’s because our idea was to cover with a much better central midfield. We chose Wiseman to help Katsande in his defensive job. Because SuperSport play three in the middle, we wanted to put pressure on the SuperSport midfielders.”
Folau back as Wallabies eye Boks win
Israel Folau has been rushed back into a revamped Australia squad for their Rugby Championship matches against SA and Argentina. ACT Brumbies Player of the Year Rory Arnold as well as Queensland Reds pair Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Caleb Timu will also join the squad. Wallabies squad: Forwards: Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Folau Fainga’a, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (capt), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Pete Samu, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Caleb Timu, Lukhan Tui, Taniela Tupou. Backs: Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Jack Maddocks, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Matt Toomua.
WP coach credits culture and spirit in team
Western Province have made a strong statement of intent in the early stages of the Currie Cup by gaining a maximum 10 points from two games‚ which indicates the title they won last year will have to be prised from their grasp. Coach John Dobson puts that down to a good culture and spirit in the team. Dobson has blooded several youngsters in the opening stages of the tournament while also relying on some seasoned Springboks to add experience to the squad. But he will be without Wilco Louw‚ Damian de Allende and Sikhumbuzo Notshe for the coming two weeks at least as they jetted to Australasia with the Springboks on Saturday.
I know Pitso very well, says SuperSport coach
A wry smile and a soft laugh were among a few things SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo offered when he was asked how he’d feel if he was to face his former mentor, Pitso Mosimane, the Mamelodi Sundowns coach, in the final of the MTN8 after his side knocked out Kaizer Chiefs in the semifinal at FNB Stadium on Saturday. “I know Pitso very well and I think it will be very interesting, that’s all I can say. It will be very interesting.” About who he would like to meet in the final on September 29, Tembo said he has no preference between Sundowns and Cape Town City, the team they defeated on 4-2 on penalties when they won this cup for a second time in Durban last year.
Son thanks Spurs as gold spares him military dutySon Heung-min will rejoin his Tottenham Hotspur team-mates next week buzzing after his emotional rollercoaster ride at the Asian Games in Jakarta. The decision by Spurs to release Son for a far-flung, under-23 tournament already looks like a shrewd piece of business after he led South Korea to a gold medal that spares him a career-threatening stint of military service. One of three permitted overage players in the Korean squad, the 26-year-old forward recently signed a new five-year deal with the London club and was quick to thank Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino after a 2-1 extra-time win over Japan on Saturday. “I’m so grateful to Tottenham because they let me come here,” Son told AFP, clutching his gold medal and grinning from ear to ear.
Lacazette seals points for Arsenal in thriller
Cardiff City scored their first league goals of the season but Arsenal took the points as Alexandre Lacazette struck a superb late winner to secure a 3-2 victory in a Premier League thriller in south Wales on Sunday. Victor Camarasa sparked joyous scenes when he hammered home for the hosts just before the break after getting the better of Nacho Monreal. Arsenal restored their lead just past the hour mark when Mesut Ozil and Lacazette combined well to tee up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to curl home from 20 yards but once again Cardiff responded with Danny Ward heading past Cech. Lacazette sealed victory for Arsenal in the 81st minute when he was allowed to turn in the box by Sol Bamba before firing into the top corner from a tight angle.
Hazard impressed by Sarri, coy over future
Eden Hazard admits he is enjoying playing for new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, but the Belgium star remains coy over his future plans. Hazard scored his second goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth as Chelsea made four successive Premier League victories with Sarri in charge. The 27-year-old was repeatedly linked with Real Madrid in the close-season and hinted he was keen to leave Stamford Bridge. But Chelsea refused to sell the forward and Hazard, now in his seventh season at Stamford Bridge, is enjoying Sarri’s style of play after the more conservative tactics of former Blues bosses. “I like to have the ball. Not in my own half, but in the last 30m,” Hazard told Chelsea TV. “I like this type of game. It’s completely different than Antonio Conte or (Jose) Mourinho before.”
Guardiola denies ‘attitude’ issue with Sane
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied reports that winger Leroy Sane was left out of his squad for Saturday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle owing to an attitude problem. Sane did not even feature on the bench for the Premier League game and was not suffering from any injury, but Guardiola said there was no issue with the player’s approach. “Last game Phil Foden was not in the squad and I was so sad for Phil like I am so sad for Leroy,” said the Spaniard. “But we have a squad and sometimes I have to leave [someone out] because we have six strikers and I decided to play with two strikers, two wingers and another one on the bench and so I decided this game for him not to be there.”
TENNISFederer ranks shot among most memorable
Roger Federer’s shot heard round the US Open on Saturday – a jaw-dropping forehand around the post in a straight-sets win over Nick Kyrgios – ranks as one of his most memorable, the Swiss great said. “It was definitely one of the more unique ones,” said Federer, who raced forward and wide on a sharply angled shot from Kyrgios, stretched and flicked a forehand around the post at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Kyrgios’s eyes widened in astonishment as the ball landed in his court and could be heard opining at the ensuing changeover: “That’s got to be the greatest shot in tennis.” Federer said it was all instinct – it’s not a shot that can be practised.
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