SPORTS DAY: Sergio on the surge despite all the bluster


SPORTS DAY: Sergio on the surge despite all the bluster

Your roundup of the sporting news of the day


Garcia tames wind to lead Nedbank Golf Challenge
Despite the capricious wind Spain’s Sergio Garcia blazed a trail around the Gary Player Country Club on Thursday. He holds a four-shot lead after the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge after a blemish-free round of 64. His four-shot cushion is the biggest after the opening round on the European Tour this year but he insisted he had to keep his wits about him. “It was a great day‚” acknowledged Garcia. “It wasn’t that easy. The course was tricky. The wind was up at times. We know how much it swirls here.” SA’s Charl Schwartzel shared second place with Finland’s Mikko Korhonen and France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera.
Dale Hayes inducted into SA Hall of Fame
As a golf personality in SA Dale Hayes has no par. The larger than life Hayes’s contribution to the sport was recognised on Wednesday when he was inducted in the SA Hall of Fame. Hayes‚ whose star briefly shone brightly as a go-getting young professional‚ later established himself as an authoritative commentator as well as a fine after-sunset raconteur. “I tried to figure out a way of sounding humble. But I’m very proud and buck to be here‚” Hayes beamed at the start of his induction speech.
Eben Etzebeth blow for Springboks but Faf is back
Despite indicating that lock Eben Etzebeth would be fit to take on France in Paris on Saturday‚ coach Rassie Erasmus decided against picking him for the clash when he revealed his team on Thursday. Former Lions and current Gloucester lock Franco Mostert replaces Etzebeth in one of three changes following last week’s 12-11 defeat to England. Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk and fullback Willie le Roux were also included. Etzebeth was not considered because of an ankle injury he picked up against England which forced him to leave the field early at Twickenham.
Kevin Anderson guns for revenge in ATP Finals debut
As far as draws go among the men’s elite‚ SA’s Kevin Anderson could not have hoped for a better opening match at the ATP Finals than against Austria’s Dominic Thiem. Anderson‚ 32‚ is making his debut at the season-ending finale‚ which is a round-robin competition featuring the top eight ranked players of the year. Anderson opens his account on Sunday afternoon against Thiem at London’s O2 Arena in a rematch of their fourth-round clash at the 2018 US Open‚ which Thiem won in straight sets.
Chiefs-Pirates derby goes to Durban
Moses Mabhida Stadium will host the Telkom Knockout semifinal clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on November 24‚ the Premier Soccer League confirmed. The other semifinal between Baroka FC and defending champions Bidvest Wits will be played on Sunday at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane‚ also at 3pm.
Brockie set to start for Sundowns against Pirates
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Jeremy Brockie will be rewarded by coach Pitso Mosimane with a place in the starting lineup in the crunch Absa Premiership encounter against Orlando Pirates at Loftus on Saturday. Brockie scored his first goal for Sundowns since he arrived at Chloorkop in a much-publicised move from SuperSport United in January in the convincing 3-1 league win over Free State Stars at the same venue on Wednesday. Eymael gets suspended fine for dodging media Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael has been fined R100‚000 suspended for 24 months for his failure to address the media following his team’s 2-1 Absa Premiership defeat to AmaZulu in Durban three months ago. Coach: Chiefs can’t always play ‘champagne football’
Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has said – after a second gritty 1-0 win against Black Leopards – that he wants to play beautiful football‚ but most important is the result. At one stage this season‚ as new coach Solinas found his feet at one of the biggest-supported teams in Africa‚ he seemed hellbent on attacking football. Perhaps this was an attempt to win favour with Chiefs supporters. It worked for a while‚ with three stirring victories in September that saw Solinas win Absa Premiership coach of the month. After a far tougher October‚ culminating in a 2-1 Soweto derby defeat against arch foes Orlando Pirates‚ Chiefs have notably tightened up their approach.
Mourinho hails ‘fantastic’ comeback Jose Mourinho hailed a “fantastic victory” after Manchester United stole the thunder of Cristiano Ronaldo and a dominant Juventus with a 2-1 win in the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday. Mourinho made the most of the last-gasp victory, going onto the pitch at full-time and cupping his ear to jeers from the crowd, who had earlier cheered former Juventus player Paul Pogba on his return to Turin.
- Reuters, AFP, TimesLIVE

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