SPORTS DAY: Jele is happy his Pirates are ready to plunder
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
‘Pirates have done their homework on Chiefs’
Orlando Pirates skipper Happy Jele has challenged his teammates to maintain their seven-match unbeaten run in the league this season when they host Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium on Saturday. “There’s a lot of homework that we’ve done on their current team which is different to the one we beat 3-1 when we last met in March,” said Jele. “The guys are motivated and you can’t motivate them more when they are going to play in the derby. So for us it is just to implement what we’ve been doing at training.”
France lose top spot to Belgium
World Cup winners France dropped one place to second in the Fifa rankings on Thursday as Belgium moved up to claim top spot. Bafana Bafana remained at 73.
Willemse to start at centre
Western Province coach John Dobson has made a calculated risk by reshuffling his backline for Saturday’s Currie Cup final against the Sharks at Newlands. Josh Stander comes in at flyhalf‚ which means that Damian Willemse‚ who started at 10 in last week’s semifinal against the Blue Bulls‚ moves one out to inside centre. It’s the first time Willemse has started at 12 at this level‚ although he was inside centre for the Junior Boks at the 2017 Under-20 World Championships in Georgia.
Hansen leaps to defence of under-fire Cheika New Zealand coach Steve Hansen on Thursday launched an impassioned defence of Wallabies rival Michael Cheika, pointing to how Manchester United stuck with Alex Ferguson before an unprecedented run of football success. “I do know that continuity has been proven over and over again to be a pretty good recipe,” said Hansen.
Folau says he ‘enjoyed’ homophobia row Wallabies star Israel Folau has revealed he “really enjoyed” the controversy over anti-gay remarks he made earlier this year that briefly cast doubt on his future in the sport. “I kind of really enjoyed what was happening off the field,” he said. Folau said his views on gay marriage had not changed but he had now learnt to “love and forgive” those who did not agree with him.
Berman wants title shot for impressive novice
Ricardo Malajika was so impressive on his professional debut at the weekend that promoter Rodney Berman is already talking about getting him a title bout soon. Malajika‚ a six-time national amateur champion in various age groups all the way to senior‚ won his first paid bout in the junior-bantamweight division on a first-round knockout. CLIMBING
French “spiderman” climbs Heron Tower
French “spiderman” climber Alain Robert scaled one of London’s tallest buildings on Thursday without ropes. The 56-year-old took an hour to clamber up the 230m Heron Tower in the city’s financial district. Police kept crowds back as he worked his way up, using only chalk and muscle to get to the top.
Mountains galore for Tour de France Tour de France organisers threw down the gauntlet to the climbing specialists when they unveiled the most mountainous edition in the 106-year history of the event, the 2019 edition featuring a record 30 mountain passes and five summit finishes.
Armstrong manager banned for life Lance Armstrong’s former US Postal team manager Johan Bruyneel has been handed a life ban from cycling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Bruyneel, 54, was the team manager for all of Armstrong’s seven Tour de France victories from 1999-2005 – triumphs that were erased in the US superstar’s stunning fall from grace amid revelations of the biggest drugs scandal in cycling history.
AB dismisses comeback reports
Former Proteas captain AB de Villiers has rubbished reports in India that he is considering coming out of retirement to play for the Proteas in next year’s ICC World Cup in England. “No‚ there is no comeback‚” he said during the official launch of the Tshwane Spartans franchise he will be captaining during the Mzansi Super League.
Club golfer bags two holes-in-one An Australian club golfer has defied odds of more than 60-million-to-one to shoot two holes-in-one in a single round on a course in Melbourne. The odds of an amateur golfer carding a hole-in-one are about 12,500-1, according to insurance companies. And the odds of two holes-in-one in the same round are quoted at roughly 67-million-to-one, though mathematicians can disagree on the exact figure because of the variables involved.
Hamilton faces nerve-wracking showdown Lewis Hamilton faces a nerve-wracking scrap in Mexico’s power-sapping altitude this weekend before completing the apparent formality of claiming his fifth Formula One world title. “We have a battle on our hands,” admitted Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. BASKETBALL
Roster survey describes NBA players The typical NBA player in the 2018-19 season is 26.4 years old, 2.01m tall and weighs 99.5kg, according to the annual roster survey published by the league on Wednesday. Among the 440 players under contract to the 30 clubs, the average NBA experience is 4.8 seasons. Meanwhile, the NBA fined Markieff Morris $15,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct on Wednesday after the Washington Wizards forward twice gave a tug on the shorts of Portland’s Seth Curry. Morris wasn’t in the game at the time.
Red Sox take control of World Series The Boston Red Sox used the highest-scoring offence in Major League Baseball and stellar pitching to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 and seize command of the World Series on Wednesday. With the win, Boston grabbed a 2-0 lead in MLB’s best-of-seven final.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE