SPORTS DAY: Canny punter nets a wild R18m on Tiger win
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Woods’s win earns man $1.2m
A Wisconsin man who bet $85,000 on Tiger Woods to win the Masters was handed a check for $1.275m (about R18m) by bookmaker William Hill on Monday. A day after Woods came from behind to win his first major title in 11 years, a video circulating online showed James Adducci picking up his check at SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The 39-year-old stockbroker said the 14-1 bet was his first sports wager.
Whiteley back for Lions after injury layoff
Warren Whiteley will resume the captaincy of the Lions when they take on the Chiefs on Friday after being sidelined for seven weeks with injury. Coach Swys de Bruin has rotated several positions for Friday’s match in Hamilton, with Gianni Lombard replacing Elton Jantjies at flyhalf and Ross Cronje taking over from Nic Groom at scrumhalf. Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx is rested.
Good news for Fleck
Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has had a good few days. His team won overseas for the first time in two years last Friday and he now has a few returning Springboks to turn to in the coming weeks. In further good news No 8 Jaco Coetzee’s knee injury‚ picked up during last week’s 41-24 win over the Rebels in Melbourne‚ is not as serious as initially feared. “The feedback that I have had is that it is just a contusion [bruise]‚” Fleck said.
Vunipola warned over support for FolauEngland forward Billy Vunipola has been “formally warned” about his future behaviour by his club Saracens who said he made a “serious error of judgment” in defending Israel Folau’s anti-gay social media rant. Vunipola liked Folau’s post and called for people to “live their lives how God intended” after the controversial Australia back, who is now facing the sack, claimed “Hell awaits” gay people.
Khune’s Afcon hopes in Chiefs hands
Kaizer Chiefs’ remaining matches this season could determined whether goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune will board the flight to the African Nations Cup with Bafana Bafana in June. Bafana coach Stuart Baxter said the goalkeeper could be considered for Bafana selection if Chiefs field him in these final weeks of the premiership campaign and the level of his fitness will determine whether he will be part of the side.
Sundowns ready for SuperSport
Coach Pitso Mosimane’s well-oiled Mamelodi Sundowns machine now shifts focus to the domestic front just days after their impressive showing against Egyptian powerhouses Al Ahly in the quarterfinals of the Champions League in Egypt a few days ago. The second-placed Brazilians resume their pursuit of domestic premiership leaders Orlando Pirates when they welcome Tshwane rivals SuperSport United in an eagerly anticipated derby at Loftus on Wednesday. Pirates opened up a six-point gap in the league while Sundowns were distracted by their continental duties.
Brockie ‘scores at home’
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Jeremy Brockie has just made an important announcement that will change his life. The towering New Zealander‚ who has spent more time on the sidelined and on the stands than on the pitch in recent months‚ said on Twitter on Tuesday morning: “What happens when you keep a striker in the stands for too long?” he asked. “He starts scoring more at home. My beautiful wife is 16 weeks pregnant.” The 31-year-old and his wife Jessica already have two kids.Galaxy coach says he’s yet to prepare for ArrowsTS Galaxy coach Dan Malesela has revealed that he has not prepared for Golden Arrows ahead of their Nedbank Cup semifinal showdown at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday. “Not to sound a bit arrogant‚ I usually do not start by preparing for the opponents. I prepare this team first,” he said, pointing to his players. There are basic things that happen in football‚ so we prepare those most of the time and maybe come half time that’s when we say no [let’s change]‚” said Malesela on Tuesday.Scholes charged with betting offencesFormer Manchester United great Paul Scholes has been charged by the Football Association for allegedly breaking their betting rules, English football’s governing body announced on Tuesday. The charge levelled at the 44-year-old relates to bets allegedly placed between August 17, 2015, and January 12, 2019. The period covers when Scholes was a part-owner of non-league side Salford City, but before his appointment as Oldham manager in February.Kahn to take on role at Bayern in 2020Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn is expected to take on a boardroom role at Bayern Munich as early as January 2020, club president Uli Hoeness confirmed on Tuesday. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, whose contract expires in 2021, confirmed last week that former club captain Kahn is in line to be his successor.
OLYMPICSMarathons to beat deadly heat with 6am startsThe Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathons will start at 6am, organisers announced on Tuesday, after doctors warned of deadly medical emergencies in the Japanese capital’s stifling summer heat. The men’s 50km race walk will start even earlier, at 5.30am, with organisers saying they had taken medical advice into account in timetabling the events.– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE