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Proteas are looking ahead to the other matches
Proteas win first ODI match against Zimbabwe
30 September 2018, 9:19 PM

The Proteas have won the first in a series of three ODI matches against Zimbabwe by five wickets in Kimberley.

The Proteas won the toss earlier on Sunday and decided to put the visitors in to bat.

Despite restricting Zimbabwe to 117 all out in their innings, the Proteas looked to have made heavy work of reaching the total after collapsing to 96 for five by the 22nd over.

Heinrich Klaasen’s top score of 44 before he was caught off the bowling of Wellington Masakadza, ensured the Proteas would not suffer an upset.

Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the South African bowlers -taking three wickets at just over two runs an over.

The next clash at the Mangaung Oval on Wednesday is a must win match for Zimbabwe if they are to keep the three match series alive.

 

Lewis Hamilton with Russian president Vladimir Putin
Hamilton wins in Russia to go 50 points clear
30 September 2018, 3:49 PM

Valtteri Bottas moved aside to let Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton win the Russian Grand Prix and surge 50 points clear in the Formula One championship on Sunday with five races remaining.

The victory was a landmark 70th for the Briton, who is well on his way to a fifth title and is now 21 wins behind the all-time record of 91 held by seven times champion Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton’s closest rival Sebastian Vettel finished third for Ferrari with Bottas, who led from pole position but was told to let Hamilton through after 25 of the 53 laps, securing the Mercedes one-two.

In a race with little other drama, Max Verstappen celebrated his 21st birthday in style by steering his Red Bull from the back to the front, dropping back to fifth after finally pitting with 10 laps to go.

Mercedes remain unbeaten in Russia, Sunday being their fifth win in Sochi since the Olympic Park circuit first appeared on the calendar in 2014. Hamilton has now won eight races this season.

The Briton, who pulled off an impressive overtake on Vettel for fourth after he dropped behind the German at the pitstops, stayed in the car for some time after he parked up at the finish.

He then went over to thank Bottas and commiserate. At the podium ceremonies, with Russian president Vladimir Putin doing the honours, Hamilton manoeuvred the Finn onto the top step alongside him.

“It’s actually quite a difficult day,” explained the Briton. “He was a real gentleman to let me by. Usually I’d be elated but I can understand how difficult it was for Valtteri.”

The Finn, without a win this season, had asked the team over the radio, more in hope than expectation, in the closing laps whether the order might change back.

“Is this how we are going to finish the race?” he asked, before the answer came back in the affirmative.

“Valtteri this is Toto. Difficult day for you and a difficult day for us,” says team boss Toto Wolff, whose finger had been captured by the world television feed hovering over the ‘tactics’ button before the order was given.

“Let’s discuss it afterwards when we come together and we’ll explain things.”

On-field action between South Africa and Australia
South Africa scrape win over struggling Australia
29 September 2018, 8:51 PM

South Africa withstood fierce second-half pressure from struggling Australia to win 23-12 Saturday in a tense, scrappy Rugby Championship fifth-round match in Port Elizabeth.

Victory for the Springboks, who led 20-12 at half-time, moved them within two points of leaders New Zealand, who play Argentina in Buenos later Saturday.

Australia suffered a sixth loss in eight Tests this year, adding to the pressure on coach Michael Cheika amid reports that former star George Gregan may join the staff.

Both teams scored two tries and it was goal kicking that proved the difference with the Springboks converting all five shots at goal and the Wallabies only one of four.

There was little to choose between the teams during an error-strewn match in which Australia exerted a lot of line-out pressure on South Africa.

The Springboks needed just 23 seconds to take the lead as Aphiwe Dyantyi intercepted a skip pass from Kurtley Beale and scored a try that Handre Pollard converted.

Matt Toomua missed a long-range penalty for Australia in an electric atmosphere with spectators standing, singing and dancing in the stands.

South Africa responded to the support of a near-capacity crowd in the 45,000-seat stadium by doubling their lead to 14 points on 22 minutes.

Pollard evaded two would-be tacklers to send fellow half-back Faf de Klerk over and the fly-half converted from in front of the posts.

Australia were encouraged by several turn-overs from master ball-stealer David Pocock and silenced the crowd by crossing the tryline twice within three minutes.

A perfectly weighted skip pass from Will Genia allowed Reece Hodge to dot down in the corner, but Toomua could not convert.

The second Wallabies try came in the other corner with Marika Koroibete breaking and his pass sent Genia clear to score.

Toomua succeeded with his second conversion, leaving only two points between the teams 30 minutes into the opening half.

South Africa finished the half stronger and Pollard slotted penalties either side of a missed shot at goal by Hodge to give the home team a 20-12 half-time advantage.

After 32 points in the first half, the second half produced just three, a 46th-minute penalty by Pollard, who finished with a five-from-five goal-kicking record.

Australia will wonder how they failed to score after the break as they were camped inside the South African 22 for 10 minutes only to be repeatedly thwarted by brave defending.

South Africa were temporarily reduced to 14 men on 65 minutes when French referee Jerome Garces lost his patience after a string of penalties and sin-binned Dyantyi.

But the Springboks survived the numerical setback to maintain an unbeaten record at the Port Elizabeth stadium with five victories and a draw.

Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari celebrating on the field
Dominant Europe extend Ryder Cup lead to 8-4
29 September 2018, 2:52 PM

Europe opened a commanding 8-4 lead after Saturday’s Ryder Cup fourballs with Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia fending off a thrilling American fightback to lead another home onslaught around Le Golf National.

Roared on once again by huge and partisan galleries, Europe’s pairings initially dominated as their misfiring rivals struggled to locate fairways and greens on a breezy Autumn morning south-west of Paris.

Halfway through the third session, a repeat of Friday’s 4-0 foursomes sweep by Europe looked possible before Jim Furyk’s side joined the fight.

In the day’s opening match, McIlroy and Garcia were four up with five to play against Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau only to lose three consecutive holes.

With tension mounting, Garcia ended the American duo’s audacious comeback with a 25-foot birdie on the 17th with the crowd erupting into chants of “Sergio, Sergio”.

Moments later on the 16th, Paul Casey and rookie Tyrrell Hatton completed a 3&2 win against world number one Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.

Tiger Woods, playing his first Ryder Cup for six years, again failed to fire although the 14-times major winner was given little support from a wayward Patrick Reed in a 4&3 loss to Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari — a repeat of their defeat by the Anglo-Italian duo on Friday.

Woods has now lost 10 of his 14 Ryder Cup fourballs.

All eyes were then fixed on the fourth match of the day where Americans Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas held off Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm 2&1 to stem the bleeding and keep the U.S. clinging to Europe’s coat tails ahead of the foursomes.

The eight players Furyk sent out on Saturday were the same ones he picked for Friday’s opening skirmishes and had a combined 23 major titles compared to the six of the home side.

But they boast no-one quite like Garcia.

After the Spaniard missed the cut in all the year’s majors there were raised eyebrows when Bjorn handed the 38-year-old a wildcard but ‘cometh the hour cometh the man’ and he has two points already.

McIlroy made four birdies as Europe went four up after eight holes but Koepka and Finau dug in and when both Europeans hit approaches into water on the 15th the gap was two.

Finau’s birdie on the par-three 16th narrowed it to one but Garcia nailed his putt on the 17th.

He now has 24.5 Ryder Cup points from his nine appearances and victory with Swede Alex Noren later will take him past the all-time record of Englishman Nick Faldo.

“His passion and fire for the Ryder Cup is second to none and it’s pretty infectious. We had a great time,” McIlroy said.

Casey, appearing for the first time in 10 years, began with a five-birdie blitz to put himself and Hatton in control against Johnson and Fowler and although world number one Johnson belatedly hit form it was too little too late.

“It was the Casey Express train the front nine,” Hatton said after collecting his first Ryder Cup point.

Fleetwood’s dream debut continued as he became the first European rookie since Garcia in 1999 to win his first three matches in the Ryder Cup.

A weary-looking Woods pegged back the so-called “Mollywood” duo, finding some magic with birdies at the seventh and 10th, but he was powerless as Open champion Molinari birdied the 11th, 12th and 13th.

“Just started riding that wave again on the back nine when Fran started playing great,” Fleetwood said.

The only slight concern for Bjorn was the form of Rahm.

Greeted at the first tee with chants of “Rhambo Rhambo” from fans in the mammoth grandstand, he hit his first shot into the water and repeated the trick at the second.

Poulter kept Europe alive though before Spieth and Thomas claimed the Americans’ first point for 24 hours.

DNA results confirm body found in Phoenix is #MiguelLouw
12 September 2018, 9:05 PM

Police in KwaZulu-Natal say DNA results have confirmed that the badly decomposed body of a boy found in Phoenix north of Durban last week is indeed that of Miguel Louw who had been reported missing.

The body was found by police and security guards‚ who were in pursuit of men who had robbed a salon in Phoenix on Monday last week.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Thembeka Mbheke says the suspect arrested for kidnapping Louw will now be charged with his murder.

 

 

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