SPORTS DAY: Rob du Preez goes from Sharks to Sharks
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Sale snap up Du Preez
Flyhalf Rob du Preez has signed a three-year deal with Sale Sharks, the English Premiership team announced on Monday. “It was an extremely difficult decision to leave the [SA] Sharks and Durban, especially with the family connections I have here but I feel as though it is the right time in my career for a new challenge, a change of scenery and feel I can continue to test myself in the Premiership after the taster I had in 2018,” Du Preez, who will remain in SA until the end of the Super Rugby campaign, said in a club statement.
Tete finally gets Donaire date
The day SA fight fans have been waiting for has finally arrived after German promoter Kalle Sauerland announced that SA star Zolani “Last Born” Tete and Filipino legend Nonito Donaire would meet in the semifinals of the World Boxing Super bantam Series in the US on April 27. The venue has yet to be confirmed. The winner of the two champions – Tete holds the WBO belt and Donaire the WBA’s “super” belt – will take on the victor between Japan’s IBF holder Naoya Inoue and Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodriguez, holder of the WBA’s “regular” belt. Donaire has beaten two SA boxers previously, including Tete’s one-time conqueror Moruti Mthalane.
AB signs for Middlesex AB de Villiers has signed to play for English county side Middlesex in the Twenty20 Blast, the club announced on Monday. The SA batsman is a second significant marquee signing for head coach Stuart Law, following the announcement that Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman will join his squad for the T20 campaign. De Villiers, 35, is available to play in the first seven rounds and, if necessary, will return for the latter stages of the tournament. “I have always wanted to play county cricket, and I am very much looking forward to joining Middlesex,” he said.
Sundowns to examine City’s title ambitions
Benni McCarthy will know over the next 10 days whether his Cape Town City side can mount a serious Absa Premiership title challenge with home and away league clashes against Mamelodi Sundowns‚ and a visit to Bidvest Wits. “We know we are a little bit out of our depth‚ but listen‚ no-one told Leicester [City] that they were out of their depth‚” McCarthy said. “They just believed and kept on rolling game-by-game‚ you try and win every game that you can and then you never know what happens at the top. That is the same attitude and route that we want to take.”
Pitso continues his punishing schedule
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane resumes his punishing schedule this week and will continue to juggle his attempt to defend the league title at home with working towards a CAF Pro License in Morocco. Mosimane flew to Morocco on Saturday night immediately after the third-placed Brazilians had played to a 1-1 draw with premiership leaders Bidvest Wits in Milpark. He will rush back home on Wednesday in time to lead Sundowns against Cape Town City at Loftus later in the same day.
‘Man City could be best team ever’ Kevin De Bruyne has played down Manchester City’s quadruple prospects after they beat Chelsea in the League Cup final but admitted such an achievement would make them the “best team ever”. “If you do that you must be considered the best team ever because nobody has done it,” he said.
Gyasi says he was racially abused
CSKA Sofia’s Ghana international Edwin Gyasi said he was the victim of racial abuse from Levski Sofia fans during his team’s 1-0 loss in the Bulgarian league on Sunday. “... and for the Levski Sofia fans: keep making those monkey sounds! It makes me feel sooooo strong and proud of where I come from,” the CSKA winger wrote on Instagram. Levski denied any wrongdoing.
Kvitova up to third in WTA rankings Petra Kvitova moved back into the top three of the WTA rankings on Monday after reaching the final of the Dubai Championships, while Naomi Osaka retained the world number one spot. Czech Kvitova, who was ranked second after last month’s Australian Open final defeat by Osaka, reached her third final of the year before losing to Belinda Bencic on Saturday. And Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas moved to the brink of breaking into the world’s top 10 after winning the second ATP Tour title of his career in Marseille.
‘Fire is still there,’ says paralysed cyclist
German track cycling great Kristina Vogel says that despite being paralysed she will still feel her passion for the sport burning when she commentates on this week’s world championships in Poland. “When I am watching sport, it still burns. When I see how people fight on the track, I am really enjoying it because I can re-enact what happens on the track. The joy of winning and then celebrating. “After my accident on the track it didn’t go away. I hope I can give the viewers (watching the Poland event) something extra, with the fire I have in me. I hope I can still give this fire a purpose,” said the 28-year-old two-time Olympic champion.
Johnson climbs to second in rankings
Dustin Johnson moved up to second in the world rankings and closed on No 1 Justin Rose on Monday after winning his sixth WGC title in Mexico. Johnson’s five-shot win over Rory McIlroy on Sunday made him only the fifth man in the last 50 years to reach 20 PGA Tour titles before the age of 35, after Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller and Phil Mickelson. Woods continued his rise up the rankings since returning to the sport last year following back surgery, moving up one place to 12th after finishing tied-10th in Mexico.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE