SPORTS DAY: KG and the lads head home honed by the IPL
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Foreign stars begin IPL exodus
England’s Jonny Bairstow is leading an exodus of foreign stars from the IPL as the looming World Cup draws top names away for international duty. Bairstow was out for a duck in his final innings. Hyderabad’s batting powerhouse David Warner is also in line to leave, while SA are recalling Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir.
Duane to boost Bulls
The Bulls have been boosted by the return of veteran Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen for their Super Rugby clash against the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. Vermeulen‚ who missed the Bulls’ last match against the Reds at Loftus before they took a bye last weekend‚ returns to the starting lineup after he was rested as part of an agreement between the franchise and Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus.
Stormers still ‘in a good place’
Stormers flank Pieter-Steph du Toit says the team haven’t given up on their season despite slumping to a fifth loss in nine games when they went down 19-17 against the Brumbies at Newlands last Saturday. “Mentally this team is still in a good place. We will give everything to win [against the Bulls] on Saturday because the fans who pay good money to come watch us‚ deserve our best.”
Pitso: ‘I don’t know how many points we have’
Forthright Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane reignited his long-running public spat with the Premier Soccer League after suggesting that, while the log standings say the Brazilians have amassed 50 points‚ the reality is he has no idea how many they really have in the bag. Sundowns face a point deduction after being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player, but are still awaiting sentencing.
Chiefs headed for dubious record
Kaizer Chiefs are headed for an unwanted record as the club flirts with their lowest-ever points tally in a league season. The AmaKhosi have amassed 38 points from their 27 games to date and their top-eight place is under threat‚ though it would take others behind them to excel to be knocked out of the top half. Chiefs are still four points short of their lowest league tally of 42 in the 2006/07 season.
Kermit was provoked, says Benni
Benni McCarthy says striker Kermit Erasmus was provoked ahead of his red card against Highlands Park on Tuesday night‚ and believes it is a tactic opposition teams use to unsettle his side. “A stupid reaction‚ but he was provoked. But then you bite and leave your team with 10 men‚” McCarthy said. “Up until he got provoked and got sent off‚ he was sensational. They couldn’t handle him and that was the only way they could get a point from the game.”
ATP Finals set for Turin
The ATP Finals, the annual event bringing together the top eight men’s players in the world, will take place in Turin, Italy, from 2021 to 2025. The elite showdown which closes the men’s tennis season has been held in London since 2009.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE