SPORTS DAY: Manyonga flags Shanghai meet for more gold

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SPORTS DAY: Manyonga flags Shanghai meet for more gold

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ATHLETICS
Eight SA stars for Shanghai Diamond League
World long-jump champion Luvo Manyonga and sprinter Akani Simbine will spearhead a strong contingent of eight South Africans at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai on Saturday. Simbine faces a tough 100m contest against a US quartet of Christian Coleman‚ Noah Lyles‚ Michael Rodgers and Isiah Young‚ as well as China’s Bingtian Su‚ who were all ranked above him in 2018. 
Semenya appeal to be lodged
Sports minister Tokozile Xasa has instructed Athletics SA to appeal the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision against Caster Semenya. The ministry said on Monday the move follows the advice by a high-level panel that met to discuss the way forward after the CAS ruled that the IAAF could impose its female eligibility regulations. 
BOXING
Mthalane wins in Japan
Moruti Mthalane was taken the distance for the first time as IBF flyweight champion‚ but he transformed the face of mandatory challenger Masayuki Kuroda into a bloody mess in Tokyo on Monday. The three judges scored it unanimously for 36-year-old Mthalane‚ who improved his record to 38 wins and two losses. 
SOCCER
 
Fifth time lucky for Kekana?
Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana has been nominated for his fifth Footballer of the Season award, going up against his teammate Thamba Zwane and Orlando Pirates goal machine Thembinkosi Lorch. Kekana has never won this award, which is voted for by the league’s 16 coaches. 
Pitso criticises Baxter on Fortune
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has strongly criticised Stuart Baxter’s attempt to bring back former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune to Bafana Bafana as a second assistant at the Africa Cup of Nations. “Quinton Fortune didn’t want to play for Bafana Bafana, neh? I don’t think he deserves a chance. There are good coaches like Fadlu Davids‚ don’t you think he can do the job?”
Banyana downed by US in tune-up  
Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis says she was pleased with the overall performance of her side despite a 3-0 loss to reigning champions the US on Sunday in their final warm-up fixture ahead of the Fifa Women’s World Cup in France. “We conceded twice late‚ but I felt we were very organised. We know the quality the US have‚ we knew it would be a test.” The result means Banyana are now winless in their last nine internationals heading to the World Cup.
Outcry over Hillsborough fine
Relatives of victims of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster voiced shock on Monday after the only person convicted over the tragedy was sentenced to a fine of just £6,500. Stadium safety officer Graham Mackrell was found guilty by a jury last month of failing to ensure there were enough turnstiles to manage unduly large crowds. “Our 96 dead and all it’s worth is £67.70 each,” Louise Brookes, whose brother Andrew died at Hillsborough, told reporters outside.
Watford to appeal Holebas red card 
Watford plan to appeal against the red card shown to Jose Holebas in their 4-1 Premier League defeat by West Ham in the hope their defender will be allowed to face Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup final, manager Javi Gracia has said.
RUGBY
 
Coenie to trade Sharks logos
Prop Coenie Oosthuizen will swap one Sharks logo on his breast for another next season after England’s Sale Sharks signed the 130kg giant on Monday. Oosthuizen‚ currently playing for the Durban-based Sharks in Super Rugby‚ is the third high-profile Springbok to sign for the ambitious club in the past three months, after lock Lood de Jager and Akker van der Merwe.  
It would be ‘Satan’s work’ to back down: Folau 
Australia fullback Israel Folau has said he had chances to ease tensions amid the furore over his social media post and get back to playing rugby but had resisted them all because it would be doing “Satan’s” work. “The way Satan works is he offers you stuff that could look good to the eye and makes you feel comfortable, and if you go down that path all the worries and troubles will go away.”
CRICKET
Tendulkar calls Bumrah best bowler 
Jasprit Bumrah’s death-overs mastery in Sunday’s IPL final has convinced batting great Sachin Tendulkar that the 25-year-old with an unorthodox action is currently the best bowler in world cricket. “Let me go on record and say he is the best bowler in the world at this stage and his best is yet to come hopefully,” Tendulkar said of the bowler who will have to play a key role in England if India are to win a third 50-overs World Cup in July.
CYCLING
Sagan wins first stage of Tour of California
Peter Sagan, trying to jump-start a frustrating 2019 season, found a return to California was just what he needed as the Slovak won the opening stage of the Tour of California. The three-time road cycling world champion held off late-charging Travis McCabe of USA Cycling on Sunday to stretch his record for stage wins in America’s premier stage race to 17.
SURFING
Teen defeats world surfing champ 
An Indonesian teenager pulled off a stunning upset on Monday by defeating two-time surfing world champion Gabriel Medina in Bali. Granted a wildcard spot to compete in the World Surf League event at Keramas beach on Bali’s east coast, 19-year-old Rio Waida quickly proved why he is considered Indonesia’s next big hope on the international stage.
TENNIS
Djokovic tightens grip on men’s rankings  
Novak Djokovic tightened his grip on the ATP tennis rankings on Monday following his win in the Madrid Open. The Serbian world No 1 widened his lead over Spaniard Rafael Nadal who was dumped out of the Madrid tournament by young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the semifinals.​
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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