SPORTS DAY: Solinas wants respect, not trash-talking
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Coaches don’t talk like this, says Solinas
Giovanni Solinas has said that he does not want to use inflammatory comments made by Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rulani Mokwena this week to motivate Kaizer Chiefs for Saturday’s Soweto derby. Mokwena took pot shots at Solinas, saying Chiefs were technically weaker in their coaching department after Steve Komphela’s departure. “My colleague is ‘Micho’ [Pirates’ head coach Milutin Sredojevic]. Micho is a professional and I am a professional. So me‚ I respect my colleague.”
Benni thinks of quitting, then quits that idea
Benni McCarthy questioned whether he should continue as coach of Cape Town City after losing to AmaZulu in a Telkom Knockout encounter on Tuesday night. But the City coach changed his tone a few minutes later and defiantly declared that he was determined to continue in the job. “My players need to get it into their thick skulls that in every game we need to play to win. It is not good enough just to play beautiful football.”
Pitso feels the pinch
Juggling his coaching duties at Mamelodi Sundowns while working towards a Caf Pro Licence are taking their toll on ambitious head coach Pitso Mosimane. Mosimane‚ the only coach from southern Africa to be invited to the course that offers the highest coaching qualification on the continent‚ was in Morocco last week to complete a module that focused on match analysis and data presentation. “I must be honest‚ it is on a different level and this time it was a very difficult module for us‚” he said.
Infantino to ask for vote on new tournaments Fifa president Gianni Infantino will put his controversial plans for two new international soccer tournaments to a vote at Friday’s meeting of the body’s ruling council. However, with the World Leagues Forum, which represents 38 professional leagues, asking Infantino last week not to go for a vote and strong opposition within Europe, Friday’s meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, could cause a major split.
Mourinho uses transfers as shield for slump
Faced with the latest in a string of defeats this season, Jose Mourinho leaned on a familiar crutch by claiming Manchester United did the best they could by losing only 1-0 against the financial might of Juventus in the Champions League. “They go for the best players in the world, big club with a big past but also a big desire to have a big future,” said Mourinho, referring to Juventus’ recruitment drive this summer to land not only Cristiano Ronaldo, but bring Leonardo Bonucci back to the club.
Lood ready to go
Big Lood de Jager is a happy man after a season of disappointment now that he is back in the Springbok camp. “It’s awesome to be back‚” De Jager said. “Over five months out is a long time but it’s been great to be training with the Boks again‚ even if it has been 37 degrees,” he said in scorching Stellenbosch.
Lions feel the pinch in revamp The British and Irish Lions appeared to be the biggest losers following Tuesday’s announcement of a revamped English domestic season which confirmed the combined side face a shortened trip to SA in 2021. That tour has been reduced to five weeks from six, and to eight matches from 10, as was originally agreed at a World Rugby meeting in San Francisco last year. But Tuesday also saw English officials insist players in its domestic Premiership would not be given additional time to train with the Lions.
Barrett hints at sabbatical
New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett has hinted that he may take a playing sabbatical in Japan following the 2019 World Cup.
Folau deal done, say Waratahs The Waratahs said on Wednesday they had wrapped up a deal to keep Israel Folau in rugby union until 2022 and are also in advanced discussions with Adam Ashley-Cooper about a return to Australia for next season.
SA women wary of spin threat
Despite playing a limited overs series in the Caribbean a few weeks ago‚ the SA women’s cricket team remains wary of the spin threat that is expected at the Twenty20 World Cup later this month. “We are not going to take anyone lightly because the conditions there suit sub-continent teams a little bit more‚” said captain Dane van Niekerk.
Kohli is fastest to 10,000 ODI runs India skipper Virat Kohli has become the fastest-ever batsman to reach 10,000 one-day international runs, making history in his 205th innings against the West Indies in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. The 29-year-old surpassed fellow Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who first crossed the 10,000-run mark in 259 innings in 2001.
Red Sox take first game of World Series
Eduardo Nunez slammed a three-run pinch hit homer and Andrew Benintendi collected four hits to power the Boston Red Sox to a 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of the World Series on Tuesday. The first World Series meeting between the two iconic franchises in 112 years had been a seesaw battle until Nunez stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh and took Dodgers reliever Alex Wood over the Green Monster, cashing in Benintendi and JD Martinez.
Lauda leaves hospital after lung transplant Three-time F1 champion Niki Lauda left Vienna’s general hospital on Wednesday about two and a half months after an emergency lung transplant, the hospital said. He had left “in a good overall state of health”.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE