SPORTS DAY: Pakistan were the ones in the pink
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Pakistan beat Proteas to set up series decider
All great streaks, like good things, have to come to an end and so did SA’s proud “Pink Day” record at the hands of Pakistan’s rampant bowling attack. Usman Shinwari’s four wickets in six balls not only wrecked SA’s fragile lower order, but gave Pakistan an easy eight-wicket win with 112 balls remaining.
Sarfaraz suspended for breaching anti-racism code
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been handed a four-match suspension after he breached the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Racism Code following an incident during the second ODI against SA in Durban on Tuesday.
DeChambeau win sets records in Dubai
Bryson DeChambeau showed imperious form as he secured his first title outside America, winning the $3.25m Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday by a record margin of seven shots. The highest ranked player in the field at world No 5, DeChambeau pulled ahead of the chasing pack with three birdies in his first three holes, and then almost assured himself of a fourth win in nine starts with an eagle on the 10th hole and a birdie on the 11th.
Boks blitzed and beleaguered
Blitzbok coach Neil Powell conceded that his team had been outmuscled at times during the first two legs of the HSBC World Sevens Series and after round three and they appear no nearer to finding a solution.
Fleck continues Super Rugby preparations
A team calling itself the Stormers‚ but one that will look a lot different when coach Robbie Fleck chooses all his first team players‚ ran in 14 tries in its first Super Rugby warm-up match.
Chiefs coach to continue backing keeper Vries
Ernst Middendorp has indicated he would rather work with Virgil Vries and Kaizer Chiefs' other reserve goalkeepers in the absence of No 1 Itumeleng Khune‚ than try to go to the transfer market in the few days left in the January window. Cape Town City roll on
There are not too many “watchable” teams in the PSL at present than Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City on their day, having added a lot of substance to their considerable style in recent months. TENNIS
Djokovic routs Nadal for seventh Aussie Open
An imperious Novak Djokovic won a record magnificent seventh Australian Open title by routing Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday with a display of flawless tennis. The Serbian world No 1 dominated the Spanish second seed to win his 15th Grand Slam title in just two hours and four minutes on Rod Laver Arena. ... and reckons it’s his ‘best’
Novak Djokovic said he played his “best final in a Grand Slam” on Sunday. “It’s one of the best, if not the best, matches I’ve played in a Grand Slam final,” the Serb said.
Osaka embraces pressure, eyes ‘Naomi Slam’
Newly minted Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka says she is not satisfied with back-to-back majors and hopes to complete a “Naomi Slam” after her success at Melbourne Park. The 21-year-old laughed off suggestions that her meteoric rise had put her under pressure, saying she was relishing the big time after rising from 72 in the world to No 1 in the past 12 months.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE