SPORTS DAY: Enough bad luck already, says Chiefs coach
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We are fighting against bad luck: Chiefs coach
It is a miracle that Lebogang Manyama survived his car accident‚ Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has said‚ while pleading with fate for the club’s run of bad luck with injuries to end. Manyama has been ruled out for six weeks for Chiefs with a fractured arm. It was remarkable that Manyama only suffered an arm injury. Pictures of his crumpled BMW‚ with much of its roof collapsed in after the accident returning home from training on the N1 in Johannesburg‚ would suggest he could have suffered far worse. “I saw the pictures of the car and the accident. I said‚ ‘It’s a miracle’‚” Solinas said. “If you see the pictures of the car it’s unbelievable. I can say‚ ‘God‚ thank you’.” “We are fighting against bad luck. But we continue fighting against this bad luck."
Blue Bulls coach wants Super Rugby job
Blue Bulls coach Pote Human declared his intention to coach the Bulls in Super Rugby but admitted that it was a decision out of his hands. Human’s Blue Bulls lost a thrilling Currie Cup semifinal 35-32 after extra time against Western Province at Newlands on Saturday‚ but quality of their performance suggested Human certainly has the players’ backing. Captain Hanro Liebenberg described Human as a ‘father-figure’‚ further suggesting that if it were up to the players Human might get the Super Rugby job. The Bulls are still searching for a Super Rugby coach after John Mitchell took up a contract with the Rugby Football Union (RFU)‚ to be England’s defence coach under Eddie Jones. Mitchell had just completed a year of his Bulls contract.
Long road back to Davis Cup elite for SA
SA’s road to the newly established Davis Cup Finals tournament suffered a major setback when they were relegated from Euro-Africa Group 1 in Portugal at the weekend. The 4-0 drubbing against Portugal in Lisbon sees SA drop to Euro-Africa Group 2 in 2019‚ which means they are unlikely to make it to the new 18-team finals until 2021 at the earliest. And even that is a long way off. Without top player Kevin Anderson‚ who has not played Davis Cup for six years‚ SA were outgunned on the slow red clay of the CIF-Club Internacional De Foot-Ball in the heart of Lisbon. “People will say we were underdogs going into the tie versus Portugal – playing away‚ on clay‚ against a team of ‘top 200 ranked players’ – we were always up against it‚” Tennis SA chief executive Richard Glover said.
Kang overcomes anxiety, tantrum to win Danielle Kang said she had a “temper tantrum” and was given a stiff talking to from her caddie on her way to victory in the inaugural $2.1m Buick LPGA Shanghai on Sunday. The American also revealed the crippling anxiety she has battled in recent months, after she saw off a pack of rivals to win by two shots on a nerve-jangling final day. Kang, who turned 26 on Saturday, carded a final-round 69 for a total 13-under-par 275 at a breezy and overcast Qizhong Garden Golf Club, where seven players tied for second. Kang, ranked 29th in the world, adds Shanghai to the Women’s PGA Championship — a major — she won last year. Afterwards she revealed the mental anguish she has suffered and credited her caddie with pulling her into line for the run-in to the finish. “After nine holes I had a temper tantrum,” said Kang, who went on to drain four birdies in her last nine holes.
Tinkler explains Mayambela move
Chippa United coach Eric Tinkler would only say that he “did what I felt was necessary”‚ explaining his first-half substitution of captain Mark Mayambela in Saturday night’s 1-0 Telkom Knockout loss against Orlando Pirates. Tinkler said the reason for Mayambela’s substitution‚ being replaced by Daine Klate in the 42nd minute‚ should have been obvious to anyone viewing the game. The former Pirates forward was taken off after the player had angrily responded with a wave of his arm at his coach. This followed Tinkler having given left wing Mayambela a mouthful for being caught out of position on a Buccaneers attack.
Sick Svitolina halts news conference after Kvitova win
Elina Svitolina had little time to celebrate her victory over Petra Kvitova at the WTA Finals on Sunday when the Ukrainian fell ill in the post-match news conference following her 6-3 6-3 triumph at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Svitolina tore up the form book by beating her Czech opponent for the first time in eight attempts dating back to 2014, but the 24-year-old soon halted questions about her win when she became light-headed in the media centre. After leaving the stage and taking a few minutes to compose herself, Svitolina refused to elaborate on the exact nature of her illness, saying “I’m just not feeling good” when asked what the problem was. Svitolina, who crashed out in the round-robin phase of her debut appearance at the eight-woman, season-ending tournament a year ago, will be hoping to recover in time for her second White Group match on Tuesday.
Lopetegui the fall-guy for wider malaise
Amid the sprawl of headlines calling for Julen Lopetegui to be sacked by Real Madrid on Sunday, Diario AS ran an online poll: who is more guilty, the coach or the club president? Just more than 80,000 replies were credited — almost 17,000 more than had attended the Santiago Bernabeu the day before — and 86 per cent of them answered Florentino Perez. There were whistles after Madrid’s 2-1 loss to Levante on Saturday, their fourth defeat in five games and third in a row. There was a scattering of swinging white handkerchiefs too. But the atmosphere was marked more by deflation than disgust. At the end, as his players hunched on their knees, Lopetegui stood on the touchline, staring into space. “Julen has the support of the entire team,” Sergio Ramos said. “We are with him to the death,” said Marcelo. Lopetegui is on the brink — he may well not make the Clasico on Sunday — but there is a sense this “mega crisis“, as termed by Barcelona’s Mundo Deportivo, has been a long-time coming. GOLF
Koepka new world No 1 after CJ Cup win
Brooks Koepka will become world No 1 for the first time on Monday after the American fended off a game Gary Woodland to earn a four-stroke victory at the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup in South Korea. Koepka posted a final round of 64 at the Nine Bridges Golf Club on Jeju island on Sunday, finishing with a flourish by eagling the last hole for a combined 21-under 267 at the $9.5m tournament. The 28-year-old, who won two of this year’s four majors and was named the US tour’s Player of the Year, will move up from third spot to replace Dustin Johnson as No 1 when the latest rankings are released. Johnson and world number two Justin Rose were not playing this week. Koepka said his rise to become the top-ranked player in men’s golf was the stuff dreams are made of. “I look at where I started, my first pro start was in Switzerland and I don’t think I could have said six years later that I would be No 1 in the world,” he said.
Marquez clinches fifth MotoGP title
Spain’s Marc Marquez wrapped up his third straight MotoGP championship with victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday after title rival Andrea Dovizioso fell on the penultimate lap while trying to find a way past the Honda rider. The 25-year-old is now tied with Australian Mick Doohan on five premier class world titles, with only Italian’s Valentino Rossi (seven) and Giacomo Agostini (eight) having won more. Marquez, who had sealed two of his previous titles at Motegi, moved 102 points clear of Ducati’s Dovizioso with three races remaining. Dovizioso started on pole and led for most of the race before Marquez, who had started sixth on the grid, made his move with four laps left. Marquez had been on the Italian’s tail for much of the race and the pressure eventually told on the Ducati rider as he relinquished the lead. Dovizioso attempted to move back past Marquez on the penultimate lap but pushed it too far and came off his bike. He recovered but eventually finished 18th.
Tour de France bad boy wins Guangxi race
Italy’s Gianni Moscon of Team Sky won the Tour of Guangxi on Sunday after Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen triumphed in the sixth and final stage in a bunch sprint. The 24-year-old Moscon, who was thrown out of the Tour de France in July after an altercation with a fellow racer, had been the favourite for victory in China. Moscon topped the general classification standings in the final stop on the 2018 UCI World Tour with a time of 20 hours, 39 minutes and 56 seconds. Second was Austria’s Felix Grossschartner of Bora-Hansgrohe, nine seconds behind, and a further five seconds adrift in third was Russia’s Sergei Chernetski of the Astana team.
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