SPORTS DAY: Black Leopards see the back of bitter coach
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Kerr confirms departure
Dylan Kerr has confirmed that he has resigned as coach from Black Leopards, and denied he has a four-year contract with the club. The former Arcadia Shepherds winger arrived at Leopards at the end of 2018 with the club in last place in the Premier Soccer League standings and saw them to safety on the last day of the season‚ winning an Absa Premiership coach of the month award along the way. “I’ll admit I make a few mistakes along the way, but to not even get a ‘well done’ or ‘congratulations’ from management after the end of the season was heartbreaking to me.”
Pochettino upbeat about Kane
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said Harry Kane is in a “very positive situation” and could be fit to face Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final in Madrid. “Harry Kane in the last week, Friday and Saturday, started to be involved in the group, it’s a very positive situation for him,” Pochettino said. “We will wait and see how he is progressing in his problem.”
Cech hopes to haunt Chelsea in final farewell
Petr Cech will bring down the curtain on a glittering playing career in strange circumstances as the Arsenal goalkeeper faces his former and potentially future employers Chelsea in the Europa League final on Wednesday. Cech, 37, enjoyed the best years of his career at Stamford Bridge, winning 13 trophies including four Premier League titles and the Champions League in 11 seasons with Chelsea before moving across London to Arsenal in 2015. And his close relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich looks set to see him return to the Blues in the coming weeks as the club’s new sporting director.
Speedster Wood fit for SA
England fast bowler Mark Wood has been passed fit for the World Cup opener against SA. The Durham quick left the field early while running in to bowl during Saturday’s warm-up defeat by Australia in Southampton after suffering a foot injury. Wood has been one of England’s quickest bowlers of recent years. But fears over his ability to stay fit for prolonged periods remain and he has bowled a mere 13.1 overs since the start of the season in a bid to reduce his workload prior to the World Cup.
Nadal cruises through as Wozniacki falls
Defending champion Rafael Nadal got his bid for a record-extending 12th French Open title off to the perfect start by brushing aside German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in straight sets in the first round at Roland Garros on Monday. Earlier on Monday, former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki collapsed to a 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to Russian world No 68 Veronika Kudermetova. The Danish 13th seed had retired injured from her two previous matches in the lead-up to Roland Garros, and fell away badly after a strong first set.
Federer enjoying ‘outsider’ tag
Roger Federer counts himself as an “outsider” for the French Open title this year and says he is not merely trying to temper expectations on his return to the clay court Grand Slam following a four-year absence. “It’s nice to be an outsider. That’s how I feel, anyhow,” Federer said after beating Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 6-2 6-4 6-4 in his first match back on the red clay in Paris.
‘It’s unfair – Jaguares are the national team’
Wallabies great Phil Kearns has called for the Jaguares to be kicked out of Super Rugby, claiming they have an unfair advantage as their lineup is so similar to Argentina’s national team. “They’re the national team,” said the 67-Test veteran after the Argentine side had beaten his former Waratahs side. “They shouldn’t even be in the comp. Argentina have been incredibly smart and have hoodwinked the rest of Sanzaar because they’re going to have a magnificent World Cup team, there’s no doubt about it.” Pocock expected to announce 2019 retirementWallabies flanker David Pocock is expected to confirm that 2019 will be his last season in Australian rugby when he fronts a media conference on Tuesday. The 31-year-old openside is struggling with a long-term calf injury and has played only for three matches for the ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby this season.GOLFLaw captures first LPGA title England’s Bronte Law sees her first US LPGA Tour title as the beginning of something much bigger. “Oh my gosh, that was the biggest fight of my life,” said Law, who closed with a final round of four-under 67 for her wire-to-wire win.
MOTOR SPORT‘Average’ Hamilton feels he can do better Lewis Hamilton has won four grands prix and finished second in the other two and yet the F1 leader feels his performance so far this season has been all a bit average. “I definitely feel it’s been quite an average performance from myself, maybe above average but generally quite average for the first six races,” he said. – AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE