SPORTS DAY: It’s all about the team, says Dyantyi
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Dyantyi refuses to take credit for inspired win
Aphiwe Dyantyi has refused to take the credit after scoring two tries in the Springboks’ 36-34 Rugby Championship win against the All Blacks at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday. Dyantyi‚ who is widely regarded as one of the hottest properties in world rugby‚ brought the Boks back into the game after they went 12-0 in the 21st minute and he helped South Africa pull away to 36-24 in the second half. He also produced a possible match-saving tackle on the imposing Kieran Read‚ who spilled the ball‚ with the All Blacks captain in a good position to score a try and put SA under pressure. The Lions winger put the victory down to team effort and warned against over-confidence since they still have two more remaining matches at home in the competition. “Obviously it feels great to have managed to score two tries against the All Blacks, but the important thing was to come to New Zealand and get the result as a team‚” he said. “We can’t get ahead of ourselves because we still have two matches to play back at home.”
Hamilton opens lead with Singapore victory
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton eased to victory from pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday as the Mercedes driver extended his championship lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to 40 points with six rounds remaining. Hamilton held off a mid-race challenge from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to register a record-equalling fourth triumph at the floodlit Marina Bay Street Circuit track, while Vettel finished third to slip further behind in the title race. Hamilton’s 69th overall victory was his seventh of the season and it was built on the foundations of a stunning qualifying lap on Saturday, when he stormed to pole in a car deemed inferior to the Ferraris and Red Bulls on this circuit.
AmaZulu, Sundowns share spoils in thriller
AmaZulu and premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller that was a great advert for SA football at King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Sunday. The sides played to a 3-3 draw in a highly entertaining Absa premiership encounter that had fans on the edge of their seats for the full 90 minutes. Butholezwe Ncube, Jabulani Ncomeni and Bonginkosi Ntuli scored for Amazulu while Phakamani Mahlambi, Bissau-Guinean forward Tony Silva, and Sibusiso Vilakazi found the back of the net for Sundowns.
To drop or not to drop? Hansen rues decisions
The All Blacks players and coach were at loggerheads on Sunday as they debated whether they should have attempted a potential match-winning drop goal in their upset loss to the Springboks in Wellington. For the final four minutes of Saturday’s Test, and trailing by two points, the All Blacks unleashed an ultimately fruitless battering of the Springbok line in search of a try. In the wake of the 36-34 loss, scrumhalf TJ Perenara maintained the onfield decision not to go for a drop goal was “still the right call”. But coach Steve Hansen saw it differently: “Should we have drop-kicked a goal? Yep, of course we should have. And we had plenty of opportunity to and we didn’t organise ourselves.” However, with kicker Beauden Barrett having an off night, and Damian McKenzie spilling the ball metres short of the line in the final play of the game, Hansen said the drop goal issue was not the reason they lost.
Alvarez ready for rematch after Golovkin dethroned
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is eyeing a trilogy with Gennady Golovkin after ending the middleweight champion’s unbeaten reign on Saturday. Mexican star Alvarez produced a performance of guts and resilience to inflict the first defeat of Golovkin’s career with a majority decision at the T-Mobile Arena. The win wiped away months of simmering acrimony which stemmed from Alvarez’s failed drugs test in February, forcing the cancellation of a rematch scheduled in May. Alvarez, who fought a controversial draw with Golovkin a year ago, said he would be ready for a third instalment, possibly later this year. “If the people want another round, I’ll do it again,” said Alvarez, who improves to 50-1-2.
Tui ‘unlikely to travel’ after altercation with fan
Australia loose forward Lukhan Tui is unlikely to travel with the team to SA and Argentina after he was involved in an altercation with a fan following Saturday’s 23-19 Rugby Championship loss to the Pumas, coach Michael Cheika has said. Footage showed the 21-year-old being confronted by a Wallabies fan before they began pushing each other. Injured centre Samu Kerevi said the man had been swearing at the players in the vicinity of their families and had told Tui to “play with some heart”. The fan was led away by security guards while Tui, whose stepfather died during the week, was restrained by teammates. Rugby Australia have launched an investigation.
Tanak completes hat-trick in Turkey
Estonian Ott Tanak took his third successive world rally championship win and moved into title contention with victory for Toyota in Turkey on Sunday. Belgian Thierry Neuville, who retired from Saturday’s second leg with a broken suspension, stayed top of the standings for Hyundai but the points haul lifted Tanak ahead of reigning champion Sebastien Ogier and into second. Ogier, who also retired his M-Sport Ford on Saturday after going off road and hitting a tree, was classified 10th on Sunday. Toyota enjoyed a one-two finish in the rally on rough roads near Marmaris with Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala runner-up and 22.3 seconds behind his teammate. New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon was third for Hyundai.
Kenyan Kipchoge shatters marathon world record
Kenya’s Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge pulverised the marathon world record with a blistering run on Sunday, slicing a staggering 78 seconds off the previous best to land the one major running crown that had eluded him. The 33-year-old, widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, ran an official time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds on a sunny day along the flat inner-city course, smashing Dennis Kimetto’s previous record that had stood since 2014. Fellow Kenyan Gladys Cherono won the women’s race with a course record and best time of the year of 2:18:11, leaving Ethiopians Ruti Aga and pre-race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba in second and third place respectively. Kipchoge’s run was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took almost two and a half minutes off the record in 1967.
Park Sang-hyun wins Shinhan Donghae Open
South Korean Park Sang-hyun on Sunday fired an eight-under-par 63 to claim a stunning wire-to-wire victory at the Asian Tour’s Shinhan Donghae Open in Incheon, South Korea. The 35-year-old finished his fourth round with eight birdies for a final score of 262, ending 22-under-par and five strokes ahead of Scott Vincent from Zimbabwe. Kiwi Nick Voke came third after carding 65 on the final round to finish a further two strokes back at the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club. Park’s compatriot and 2009 Shinhan Donghae Open champion Ryu Hyun-woo shared fourth place with Mun Do-yeob, also from South Korea.
Ronaldo scores first competitive goal for Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first competitive goal for Italian champions Juventus and then added a second in Sunday’s fourth Serie A game of the season, against Sassuolo in Turin. The 33-year-old tapped in on the line after a goalmouth scramble on 50 minutes, and added a second 15 minutes later to give the reigning seven-time champions a 2-0 lead. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was the star signing of the summer transfer period, arriving amid great pomp and ceremony following a €100m deal from Real Madrid. Coach Massimiliano Allegri had said before the match he was not concerned that Ronaldo has failed to find the net despite 23 shots at goal in the team’s three wins out of three so far this season.
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