SPORTS DAY: Simbine steams in to claim relay silver for SA

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SPORTS DAY: Simbine steams in to claim relay silver for SA

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ATHLETICS
Simbine anchors SA to maiden World Relay medal
Akani Simbine anchored SA to their first-ever World Relays medal on Sunday‚ producing a storming finish to secure the 4x200m silver behind the US in Yokohama‚ Japan. Jon Seeliger‚ Anaso Jobodwana‚ Sinesipho Dambile and Chederick van Wyk showed great intent in their heat when they fought back from third place at the halfway mark to score a large victory in a 1min 20.64sec SA record. They took more than a second off the 17-year-old 1:22.06 mark set by Marcus La Grange‚ Mathew Quinn‚ Josef van der Linde and Paul Gorries‚ the coach in charge of the SA team this weekend.
Brazil stun US in 4x100m final on day of upsets
Paulo Andre Camilo de Oliveira powered Brazil to victory in the men’s 4x100m event at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday as they finished ahead of a strong US quartet and world champions Britain. Brazil clocked 38.05 seconds, 0.02 seconds ahead of US, who had Justin Gatlin in their ranks, in what was the smallest margin of victory yet in the competition.
SOCCER
‘I want Pitso to be the Ferguson of Sundowns’
After Mamelodi Sundowns clinched their ninth league title with a 1-0 win over relegated Free State Stars on Saturday‚ club president Patrice Motsepe said he wants coach Pitso Mosimane to become the Alex Ferguson of the club. Since he joined the club in the middle of the 2013/2014 season‚ Mosimane has led Sundowns to four league titles‚ the Caf Champions League‚ Caf Super Cup‚ the Telkom Knockout and the Nedbank Cup. “I have said that I want Pitso to be the Alex Ferguson of Mamelodi Sundowns and that means I want to keep him for as long as he wants to be here‚” he said.
Rangers beat champions Celtic in Old Firm finale
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers gave their fans reason for optimism with a 2-0 win over Scottish Premiership champions Celtic at Ibrox on Sunday in the final Old Firm derby of the season. Next term will see Celtic bidding for a ninth successive title but this loss to their arch Glasgow rivals suggested the Hoops may not have things all their own way. Rangers went ahead in the second minute through captain James Tavernier’s low free kick before Scott Arfield doubled their lead midway through the second half.
FORMULA ONE
 
Hamilton wins in Spain to take championship lead
Lewis Hamilton beat Valtteri Bottas in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday to replace his teammate as world championship leader as Mercedes extended their record start to the season with a fifth 1-2 finish. The defending five-time world champion seized the initiative at the start in Barcelona and led from lights to flag with a consummate demonstration of his speed and race-craft at the Circuit de Catalunya. It was his third win this year.
WRESTLING
Wrestler Silver King dies after collapsing in the ring
The Mexican wrestler Silver King, best known for playing the villain in the film Nacho Libre, has died. The masked wrestler, 51, real name Cesar Gonzalez, was taking part in The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre event at the Roundhouse in London on Saturday.
BOXING
Williams seizes super welterweight world titles
Julian Williams shocked previously unbeaten Jarrett Hurd to seize the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association super welterweight world titles by unanimous 12-round decision on Saturday. Williams sent Hurd to the canvas for the first time in his career on the way to the victory in an action-packed bout in Fairfax, Virginia, not far from Hurd’s home turf in Maryland.
GOLF
Woods heads to PGA with Nicklaus record in play
Tiger Woods proved many doubters wrong with his triumph at last month’s Masters, where he not only completed a comeback story for the ages but also put Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles back into play. Woods, who has not competed since collecting his 15th major at Augusta, will get his next chance to chip away at the landmark when he tees it up in Farmingdale, New York, for the May 16-19 PGA Championship.
TENNIS‘I have not played well enough,’ says NadalNovak Djokovic will play Stefanos Tsitsipas for the Madrid Open title after the 20-year-old Greek stunned Rafael Nadal on Saturday to win a thrilling semifinal 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on his fourth match point. Nadal had been a clear favourite to face Djokovic in Sunday’s showpiece at Caja Magica but the 17-time Grand Slam champion extended his stuttering build-up to the French Open with another surprise defeat.– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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