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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Sport

Sunday Sport

Richie Porte
While you were sleeping:  In Australia, Tasmania's cycling devil Richie Porte finally took home the trophy, winning the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under by an impressive margin. He was supported by his BMC Racing Team, although the  UniSA-Australia took the overall team competition.  Orica-Scott’s Colombian climber Esteban Chaves took second.   Australian Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) took his fourth stage win in this final stage of the tour in Adelaide, just edging out World Champion Peter Sagan. While Porte won outright,  the Subaru King of the Mountain prize went to Belgian Thomas De Gendt, riding for Lotto-Soudal.  Columbian Jhonatan Restrepo, (Team Katusha-Alpecin) took the Young Rider's Jersey.  “I am very happy… this is important for me, for my team and the sponsors,” said the 22 year old Colombian who finished in tenth place overall.  

Zverev Brothers
Play continued in the Australian Open of Tennis, which
Rafael Nadal
continues until next Sunday.  Number  One Seed Andy Murry has just followed Number Two Seed Novak Djokovic out of the tournament, losing to unseeded Mischa Zverev (ATP rank 50) of Germany.  Rafael Nadal narrowly escaped defeat yesterday in a very exciting match with Mischa's better known brother, Alexander Zverev (ATP rank 24), also of Germany.  Their father, Alexander Sr., played for the Soviet Union in his day, and while Mischa was born in Moscow, Alexander Jr. was born in Hamburg.  Both brothers "represent" Germany.   

Angelo Mathews

Theunis de Bruyn
In South Africa, Sri Lanka Cricket continues its tour of South Africa, this afternoon, at  Johannesburg.  A week ago, Sri Lanka were humiliated here, losing 16 wickets and they succumbed to their biggest defeat of the three-Test series. Conditions are different today, for limited-overs cricket. They may regard the T20I series as their best chance of upsetting the hosts.  Sri Lanka will need to be calmly led by an increasingly frustrated-looking Angelo Mathews.  He is only seven runs away from 1,000 T20 international runs.  South Africa's new batsmen Theunis de Bruyn has put in some very impressive recent performances. 

Mohamed Salah
In Gabon, in Africa Cup of Nations Soccer today, Group A play will be held this evening, with hosts Gabon taking on Cameroon at the Stade d'Angondjé , and Guinea-Bissau taking on Burkina Fasso at the Stade de Franceville.  In their last four meetings stretching back to 2009, Gabon and Cameroon each took two wins.  This is the first ever meeting between Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Fasso. In Europe, League play now has ramped back up throughout the old continent, with the return of Bundesliga play this weekend in Germany.  True fans of each team will be excited today, but no major matches loom on today's horizon to excite the rest of us. 

In the USA, NFL Football Conference Championships will be contested today and tomorrow.  Today, the National Football Conference Championship is on the line at Atlanta, where the hosts Atlanta Falcons will play the Green Bay Packers for the Championship, but also for the ultimate prize, a berth in the Super Bowl.  Nobody has stopped
Ray Edwards
Packer's Quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the Packers' eight-game winning streak, and the Falcons -- with a defense that ranked 25th overall, but nonetheless having reached this game, may be a challenge.   During the winning streak, Rodgers has thrown 21 touchdowns and just one interception while completing 68.9 percent of his passes for an average of 298 yards per game.  The Pack beat the Falcons at their October meeting. 

1 comment:

Xersex said...

again tennis brothers! what pleasure!