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Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Middendorp will not quit despite humiliating defeat
Beleaguered Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp decided not to resign after the club’s embarrassing defeat to lower tier TS Galaxy in the final of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday and will instead wait for management to decide his fate in the coming days. Middendorp joined Chiefs in December following the departure of Giovanni Solinas.
‘It’s a sky blue world’
Manchester City’s treble winners have been hailed as English football’s greatest ever team after their FA Cup final demolition of Watford completed an historic campaign. Pep Guardiola’s side became the first English club to win the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup in the same season thanks to their swaggering 6-0 success at Wembley on Saturday. Equalling the record margin of victory for an FA Cup final was the perfect way to cap a remarkable year for City, who followed their record-breaking Premier League triumph in 2017-18 with an even more astonishing run this term. They are the first English top-flight side to register 50 wins in all competitions in a single season.
Man City’s ‘beating heart’ Kompany to leave club
Vincent Kompany, 33, announced on Sunday that he will leave Manchester City after 11 trophy-laden years to become player-manager of Anderlecht. Belgian defender Kompany joined City in 2008 and made 360 appearances, winning four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields.
Crusaders draw was a Rubicon moment for Stormers
The decision to take a penalty and settle for a 19-19 draw with the Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday rather than risk the points by going for a win was a Rubicon moment for the Stormers, coach Robbie Fleck predicted. At 16-19 down with a minute left to play in the Super Rugby clash at Newlands, the Stormers had the option to either kick a penalty and draw the match or kick to touch and go for the win with a try off the catch-and-drive from the lineout.
Latu axed after drink-drive turmoil
Tolu Latu was on Sunday withdrawn from a Wallabies training camp as he faces drink-driving allegations, with NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson fuming that he only heard about the issue hours before a Super Rugby clash with the Reds. The hooker was reportedly found slumped behind the wheel of a car in the early hours of Thursday in Sydney, but apparently did not tell his bosses. The news only broke late on Saturday, with Gibson upset that he was not made aware of the claims earlier.
India gender-row sprinter Chand says she is gay
Top Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, 23, revealed on Sunday that she is gay, becoming the first athlete from the socially conservative country to do so. Chand, who was at the centre of a lengthy international gender row, told AFP she had been in a relationship with a 19-year-old woman from her village for four years.
Australia’s Smith, Warner ready for hostile crowds
Australia’s returning duo of Steve Smith and David Warner could face hostility from English crowds during the May 30 to July 14 World Cup but can rely on their teammates to cope, coach Justin Langer has said. The pair have returned from year-long bans following a ball-tampering scandal in SA and are expected to play vital roles in Australia’s title defence, although they will not be in leadership positions.
Wilder retains WBC heavyweight title with KO
Undefeated Deontay Wilder brutally knocked out Dominic Breazeale in the first round of their grudge match on Saturday night to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight world title. Wilder, who has one of the most destructive right hands in heavyweight history, floored the challenger with a one-punch knockout with 43 seconds left in the opening round at Barclays Center arena.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE