SPORTS DAY: Ethiopians run away with the spoils
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Ethiopian runners sweep Rome marathon
Ethiopia’s Tebalu Zawude Heyi won the Rome marathon on Sunday ahead of compatriots Tesfa Wokneth and Yihunilign Adane as the East African athletics power-house swept both the men’s and women’s events. Zawude Heyi clocked 2hr 8min 37sec around the Italian capital, with Wokneth just behind in 2hr 9min 17sec and Yihunilign Adane timing 2hr 9min 53sec.
Cricket SA on a collision course with players
Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) austerity measures have put them on a collision course with the players. CSA said on Saturday its board had approved management’s response to their mandate to “review its financial model in order to recover historical losses that have been accumulated since 2011”.
Woods ‘on track’ for pursuit of fifth Green Jacket
Tiger Woods heads back to Augusta National to resume his pursuit of a 15th major championship with a firmer grip on the realities of his game and fitness than he could claim in his long-awaited Masters return in 2018.
Fleck laments same old mistakes
The Stormers’ rapidly unravelling Super Rugby campaign will limp on in Melbourne this week with captain Siya Kolisi falling on his sword after last Friday’s 24-12 loss to the Reds. The defeat in Brisbane was the Stormers’ third straight loss on tour‚ which has relegated them to fourth on the five-team SA conference.
Blitzboks stumble in Hong Kong
It seems a case of one step forward and two back for the Blitzboks after they finished a disappointing seventh at the Hong Kong leg of the 2018/19 World Series on Sunday. After topping Pool A with some strong displays against Japan‚ Scotland and Samoa over the first two days‚ SA failed to reach the same standards in the knockout rounds.
Coach urges Sundowns to keep feet on the ground
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has urged his players to keep their feet on the ground and stay calm despite the noise of their highly impressive 5-0 win over Al Ahly because a place in the Caf Champions League semi-final has not been secured.
Mosimane humble in victory over Al Ahly
After the comprehensive 5-0 demolition of Al Ahly in the first leg of the Caf Champions League quarterfinal on Saturday‚ humble Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane admitted he didn’t expect to win by that margin.
Gods smiled on Buccaneers, says coach
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic refused to accept that their last-gasp 1-0 win over Bidvest Wits in Milpark on Saturday was an undeserved one on an afternoon that they showed little appetite for reproducing the kind of attacking football they had dished out against Mamelodi Sundowns on Monday.
Zidane vague on Bale’s future after scrappy win
Zinedine Zidane refused to guarantee Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid after the Welshman struggled again in a 2-1 victory over Eibar on Saturday. Karim Benzema scored twice at the Santiago Bernabeu as Madrid came from behind after Marc Cardona, starting only after an injury to Pedro Leon in the warm-up, gave Eibar a surprise lead.WRESTLINGWrestlemania excitement reaches fever pitch in NYWrestlemania fever kicked into high gear in New York on Sunday as the countdown to the WWE’s biggest event of the year continues. The excitement is unmistakable and it’s impossible to escape the WWE’s marketing machine to the blockbuster event that will take place in East Rutherford‚ New Jersey‚ at a sold-out MetLife Stadium on Sunday.– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE