Sports News 12:30
NEWSFLASH SPORTS NEWS 16 November 12:30 pm
Good day, let’s look at the latest sports news and scores:
# We start off with cricket: Proteas captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bat first in the World Cup semifinal against Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. South Africa was much more successful setting a target than chasing it so far in the tournament. Marco Jansen is back in the team, which includes two spinners – Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi. Today’s winner will face India in Sunday’s final in Ahmedabad after the hosts beat 2019 finalist New Zealand by 70 runs in yesterday’s first semifinal in Mumbai.
# Rugby: The Sharks are set to be without Springbok front row duo Bongi Mbonambi and Vincent Koch for extended periods due to knee injuries. Mbonambi was forced to leave the field early in the World Cup final victory over New Zealand in Paris last month, after sustaining a knee injury. Kock missed the final, also due to a knee injury. Sharks coach John Plumtree says Mbonambi could be sidelined for six months, while Koch will be out of action for up to three months.
# Motorsport: Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton says they cannot be certain yet how the car that has been unpredictable all season will fare at the Las Vegas Grand Prix this weekend. The Silver Arrows have two races left to avoid their first winless campaign since 2011, but their biggest priority is securing second place in the Constructors’ Championship, in which they hold a 20-point lead over Ferrari. Hamilton says they have a lot of work to do to ensure they have a world championship-winning car next year:
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# Tennis: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev has booked his place in the semifinals of the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy. The former champion defeated two-time champion Alexander Zverev of Germany, 7-6, 6-4. Meanwhile, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz kept alive his semifinal hopes when he moved past Russian Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-2, to earn his first win at the season-ending tournament. He lost his opening match in the Red Group against Zverev. Alcaraz admits every match at the tournament is difficult:
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# And finally, soccer: Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold is set to leave the club at the end of the year. Arnold, who has been with the club since 2007, expressed his gratitude for the privilege of serving the team. He oversaw significant commercial growth and took on the role of CEO in 2022. Arnold’s departure comes amid a potential deal for Sir Jim Ratcliffe to acquire a minority stake in the club, raising questions about further changes in the sporting structure.
Stay tuned for more news………….