Red Devils spiked again
Watford inflicted a third consecutive defeat in the space of a week on Manchester United on Sunday, piling the pressure on Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho. Marcus Rashford leveled matters after Etienne Capoue’s opener for Watford, but a late Juan Camilo Zuniga strike and a Troy Deeney penalty deep into injury time gave Walter Mazzarri’s side all three points at Vicarage Road.
United went down 2-1 to neighbours Manchester City last Saturday and then suffered a 1-0 reverse at the hands of Dutch outfit Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday. The latest result completes a miserable seven days for the 13-time Premier League champions.
On Friday evening, Chelsea were stunned 2-1 at home to Liverpool, after an amateurish effort in the first half. Manchester City handed Bournemouth a 4-0 drubbing on Saturday and Arsenal completed a 4-1 rout of 10-man Hull.
All Blacks flay Springboks in Christchurch
The Springboks suffered their third-worst defeat to the All Blacks in New Zealand on Saturday, slumping to a 41-13 loss after starting on the offensive. The Lions half-back pairing of Faf de Klerk and Elton Jantjies came under particular scrutiny for a woeful performance and the team in general were slated for being nervous defenders and impotent in attack.
Elsewhere, the Australians continued their revival with a 36-20 win over Argentina in Perth, with flyhalf Quade Cooper and scrumhalf Will Genia showcasing their attacking flair.
Wits into MTN8 final
Wits held Cape Town City to a goalless draw in the second leg of their MTN8 semifinal on Saturday to emerge 3-0 winners on aggregate. The Students missed a host of chances, but their strong first-leg showing saw them advance to the final of the knockout competition, where they will face Mamelodi Sundowns or Chippa United, who play on Wednesday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria with the tie still goalless.
Rosberg retakes F1 championship lead
Nico Rosberg held off a late charge from Daniel Ricciardo to win the Singapore GP and snatch the F1 championship pole position from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on Sunday. He now leads Hamilton by eight points and has beaten the Briton three times on the trot, having romped to victories in Belgium and Italy. He delivered a brilliant performance in qualifying on a punishing track and deserved to take pole. Hamilton, who finished third, was, however, in a defiant mood, insisting that he could overhaul the German for a second time this season.
Paralympians do SA proud
The Rio Paralympics came to a close with a glittering ceremony at the storied Maracana stadium on Sunday. The event was marked by a host of inspiring performances. Brazilian swimming phenomenon Daniel Dias added four golds, three silvers and two bronzes to his existing medal haul and Algerian Abdellatif Baka won the 1500m in a time that was actually faster than the one set by Matthew Centrowitz in the Olympics.
China dominated overall, with 239 medals, including 107 golds, ahead of Britain with 147 total and 64 golds. Ukraine with 117 medals and the USA (115) filled the third and fourth positions. Team SA finished in a creditable 22nd spot on the table, with 17 medals, including seven golds. The stars returning home in triumph include double gold-medallist Charl du Toit, who won the T37 100m and 400m races, and 14-year-old Ntando Mahlangu, who took the silver in the 200m T42 sprint.