SPORTS DAY: Chippa stand in way as Chiefs chase silverware

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SPORTS DAY: Chippa stand in way as Chiefs chase silverware

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SOCCER
Chiefs pitted against Chippa in Nedbank Cup semis
Kaizer Chiefs’ attempt to halt a four-year trophy-less run will be put to the test when Amakhosi travel to Eastern Cape to face Chippa United in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup. Chiefs reached the semifinals after beating coach Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City 2-0 at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Pule Ekstein and Dumisani Zuma were enough to hand Chiefs a deserved victory and set up the semifinal against coach Clinton Larsen’s Chilli Boys. In the other semifinal‚ Golden Arrows host TS Galaxy.
CRICKET
Titans crowned Momentum One Day Cup champions
Aiden Markram may just have done enough to secure a spot in the SA squad for the ICC World Cup. He scored a sparkling century as the Titans were crowned Momentum One Day Cup champions with a comprehensive 135 runs victory over the Dolphins at SuperSport Park on Sunday. Watched by convenor of selectors Linda Zondi, the Proteas Test opener scored his third century of the tournament that came off 75 balls and included five boundaries and maximums. When he was dismissed by Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s catch at backward point from the bowling of Andile Phehlukwayo, Markram was on 127 off 88 balls, which included eight maximums and five boundaries. He is also the leading run scorer of the competition, with 542 after five innings, and he was named the man of the match.
RUGBY
Fleck hails Stormers’ ‘best game of year’
Stormers coach Robbie Fleck defiantly labelled Saturday’s 24-9 defeat against the Blues as the Stormers’ “best game of the year”. The Cape side slumped to their 12th consecutive loss in New Zealand and their second on the current tour. They also failed to score a try against the Blues and after six matches remain the team with the fewest tries in the tournament (nine). There was certainly more attacking intent from the Stormers and they did stretch the Blues defence for most of the game. But the Stormers’ numerous moves broke down through a combination of handling errors‚ poor decisions and sloppy passes. It was a 10 out of 10 performance for effort but a 0 out of 10 for execution.
SOCCER
Late goals hand Chelsea thrilling win at Cardiff
Late goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek helped Chelsea complete a thrilling comeback to beat Cardiff City 2-1 away in the Premier League on Sunday. With Chelsea heading for an embarrassing defeat against third-bottom Cardiff, their captain Azpilicueta dragged them back into the match with a goal that appeared to be offside. The visitors completed the fightback when substitute Loftus-Cheek stormed in at the back post to plant a header in the bottom corner. Chelsea stayed sixth in the table with 60 points, level with fifth-placed Arsenal, who have played a game fewer, and a point behind Manchester United in fourth.
CRICKET
Warner, Bairstow in record IPL stand
Australia’s David Warner hit an unbeaten 100 and put on a record stand with Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate Jonny Bairstow in the Indian Premier League on Sunday to boost his return from a ball-tampering scandal. Warner has been in top form on his comeback to the Twenty20 tournament after missing the previous edition along with Steve Smith over the tampering row. The left-handed batsman put together IPL’s best opening stand yet (185) with Bairstow to set up Hyderabad’s 118-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. “I think the 12 months have done me well. I think I am refreshed,” Warner, whose year-long ban from state and international cricket ended on March 28, said after his 55-ball blitz.
GOLF
Gallacher claims Indian Open with son as caddy
Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher claimed a stunning one-shot victory at the Indian Open on Sunday, and the “special” win came with his son by his side as caddy. Gallacher, 44, shot 71 to finish at nine-under 279 and edged out Masahiro Kawamura of Japan to clinch his first European Tour title in five years at the DLF course in Gurgaon. Gallacher, who shared the first-round lead but started the final day three shots behind leader Julian Suri, birdied three of his last four holes to come up trumps in the event co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tour. “It was great to have my son, Jack, on the bag and this being Mother’s Day (in Scotland) as well makes it even more special,” said a delighted Gallacher.
MOTOR RALLY
Neuville wins Tour de Corse after Evans puncture
Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville won the Tour de Corse, the French leg of the world rally championship, after Elfyn Evans suffered a puncture in the final Power Stage on Sunday. M-Sport Ford’s Evans had reclaimed the lead by winning the 13th stage early on Sunday but a puncture cost him more than a minute in the final stage, won by Britain’s Kris Meeke. Welshman Evans slipped down to third overall, one minute and 6.6 seconds off the pace, with defending world champion Sebastien Ogier of France moving up to second, 40.3 seconds behind Neuville.
BOXING
Gvozdyk retains WBC light heavyweight title
Unbeaten Oleksandr Gvozdyk retained his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title Saturday with a fifth-round technical knockout of Doudou Ngumbu, who was halted by a right leg injury. Ukraine’s Gvozdyk, making his first defence of a title he won with a devastating knockout of Adonis Stevenson in December, improved to 17-0 with 14 knockouts. Although Gvozdyk had some trouble with Ngumbu’s awkward style, he connected with a hard right in the first round and a left hook in the fourth. The champion was leading on the cards when the proceedings at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia came to an anti-climactic ending as Congolese-born French fighter Ngumbu suddenly pulled back in the fifth round and limped into a corner.
FORMULA 2
Mick Schumacher sixth in Bahrain F2 race
Mick Schumacher finished sixth after starting from pole position for Sunday’s Formula Two race at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The 20-year-old son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher had finished eighth on his debut in Saturday’s race, taking pole in his second thanks to a “reverse grid system” used for the top eight finishers. The race was won by Italian Luca Ghiotto, who failed to capitalise on pole after making a poor start in Saturday. A clever strategy and pit-stop enabled him to triumph. Mick Schumacher is scheduled to test with the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo F1 teams in Bahrain on Tuesday.
CRICKET
Aussie bowlers deny Warner Test boycott reports
Australia’s top bowlers Sunday lashed out at “false” and “inflammatory” claims they were planning a Test boycott if David Warner had not been kicked off the team in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. Warner was widely seen as the instigator of the plot to use sandpaper to alter the ball during the third Test in Cape Town last year, with rookie opener Cameron Bancroft carrying out plan and then-captain Steve Smith turning a blind eye. The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Friday that Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon all intended to pull out of the fourth Test if Warner was not removed. The newspaper, citing multiple sources, said it “highlights the extent of the fracture within the dressing-room in the immediate aftermath”. But a statement from the quartet on Sunday denied a boycott had been considered and, with Smith and Warner now free to play again after their one-year bans expired on Friday, the bowlers said they were focused on “moving forward”.
– AFP, Reuters and TimesLIVE

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