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  • Johannesburg – Siyethemba Sithebe holds no grudges against AmaZulu’s head honchos even though he would savour a Kaizer Chiefs win over Usuthu on any day.Late last year, Sithebe exercised his right to sign a pre-contract with a club of his choice given that he was in the last six months of his deal at Usuthu.He signed with Chiefs. That irked Usuthu boss Sandile Zungu who froze him out of the match-day squad for the rest of the second half of the season.This meant that he could train and do all things as an Usuthu player, but he was just not […]
  • Cape Town – Former Proteas opener Herschelle Gibbs believes the axe needs to fall on Quinton de Kock ahead of the second T20 International against India in Guwahati on Sunday.De Kock has been in dreadful form in T20Is with his latest failure being dismissed for just one in the series-opening T20I in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),,n.defer=!0,n.src="",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");The left-hander's feet were stuck in the crease as he wafted at a ball outside the off stump from Indian seamer Arshdeep Singh. De Kock could therefore only manage an inside edge as he chopped the ball on to his stumps – an all […]
  • Johannesburg – AmaZulu will travel to the FNB Stadium on Sunday for their MTN8 semi-final first leg encounter with Kaizer Chiefs and one of five ex-Chiefs players currently in the AmaZulu camp, Keagan Buchanan has called for caution amongst his teammates as the unpredictable nature of Amakhosi presents a great challenge.Buchanan has also thrown his weight behind Chiefs' current head coach Arthur Zwane and expects him to turn things around."Obviously knowing coach Arthur and how he likes to play, it's not what they're doing at the moment, it's not the complete idea that he has at the moment," he said"They're […]
  • Cape Town – Jacques Nienaber said recently that he was “80%” certain that Handre Pollard would miss the end-of-year tour to Europe, but the Springbok flyhalf now feels that he is likely to be fit to play.Pollard picked up a knee injury in the 25-17 loss to the Wallabies in Adelaide during the Rugby Championship, along with centre Lukhanyo Am, who has also been sidelined since.But the 28-year-old pivot joined up with his new English club Leicester Tigers afterwards, and the prognosis has improved significantly following a second opinion in the UK.In an interview with the Leicester Mercury newspaper this […]
  • Paris – One of the biggest franchises in video game history is coming to an end on Friday with the release of Fifa 23, the final installment of a football game that has entranced millions of fans for the past three decades.US game maker Electronic Arts (EA) and global football body Fifa spent months negotiating over the licensing agreement that has underpinned the game since its first edition in 1993.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),,n.defer=!0,n.src="",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");But they confirmed the split in May when Fifa said it would be seeking other partners and EA said it would rebrand its game as "EA Sports FC" from […]
  • Johannesburg – It was just under a year ago that the Bulls perished miserably in Galway at the hands of Connacht, but Elrigh Louw has warned the Irishmen that the boot will be on the other foot at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.That match was right at the beginning of South Africa’s United Rugby Championship challenge last October and not only were the callow Bulls learning the ropes of the competition, notably the refereeing, but they also discovered how foul the weather can be in gusty Galway.“All around it was not a good evening,” Louw reflected on the 34-7 defeat.  “But […]
  • Johannesburg – Springbok lock RG Snyman’s sad saga of injuries is far from over and it will be a long time — if ever — before he resumes a Springbok career that stalled after the World Cup final in 2019.Snyman has been out injured, pretty much, since playing off the bench in the 32-12 defeat of England in Yokohama three years ago and his coach at Munster, Graham Rowntree, says the towering lock won’t be playing any time soon.Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said earlier this year that they were expecting to have Snyman back for the November tour of Europe, […]
  • Johannesburg – Orlando Pirates’ upcoming MTN 8 semi-final first leg clash against Gauteng foes Sundowns at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon will, arguably, be the biggest game Tapelo Xoki has played in since joining the Sea Robbers from AmaZulu during the off-season.Xoki has had a steady start to life in Johannesburg and has been a key performer for Jose Riveiro’s side so far this season.Sundowns will head into the two-legged tie as favourites but Pirates will know that they have nothing to lose. Sundowns have also shown that they are not untouchable this season as they have dropped points […]
  • Johannesburg – The Springbok Women’s team is soaking up the vibe of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and can’t wait to get cracking against France in the opening match of the event next week.“All of us are pretty excited as we have been on this journey for a while now, and to finally reach New Zealand and experience the vibe of the event is incredible,” said Eloise Webb, who played the first of her seven Test matches in the Rugby World Cup qualifiers in 2019.“It is a great time to be around the Springbok Women team.“This is what […]
  • Cape Town – It’s clear that Bulls coach Jake White is still smarting from last year’s heavy defeat to Connacht in Ireland as he hauled out almost his strongest possible team for Friday’s United Rugby Championship (URC) clash at Loftus Versfeld.Apart from youngster Francois Klopper at tighthead prop, White has picked his best side to take revenge against the Irish outfit, who walloped the Pretoria side 34-7 in Galway last September.How’s this for a back-three: Kurt-Lee Arendse, Canan Moodie and Sbu Nkosi …All three speedsters are back from Springbok duty in the Rugby Championship, and will be determined to prove […]
  • Cape Town – We all know that Siya Kolisi is a huge Liverpool fan, but visiting the club never gets old for the Springbok captain.After a gruelling international season, where the Boks faced Wales in a three-Test series and then featured in six matches during the Rugby Championship against New Zealand, Australia and Argentina, Kolisi is finally able to enjoy a breather away from the game.The Boks’ next assignment is the end-of-year tour to Europe, where they will take on Ireland (November 5), France (November 12), Italy (November 19) and England (November 26).!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),,n.defer=!0,n.src="",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");But now is the time to […]
  • Johannesburg – Orlando Pirates midfielder Fortune Makaringe was singing from the same hymn book as that of his coach Jose Riveiro as he looked ahead to Saturday’s MTN8 semi-final, first leg clash with Mamelodi Sundowns.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),,n.defer=!0,n.src="",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");The Buccaneers duo were in agreement that history will have no impact on the outcome of the Orlando Stadium clash, billed by some as the final before the final.After his coach had told the media gathered at the Premier Soccer League offices that “the last two seasons won’t be playing on Saturday”, Makaringe reiterated the sentiment.“It’s a good thing that coach Jose was not […]
  • Sydney – Kelsey Plum drilled a game-high 17 points and grabbed two rebounds as the United States powered into the women's basketball World Cup semi-finals Thursday with a 88-55 pummelling of Serbia.The victory made it a 10th consecutive World Cup that the Americans have gone undefeated before the last four, as they target a 11th title and fourth in a row.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),,n.defer=!0,n.src="",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");The US were 50-33 ahead at half-time and kept firm control to set up a last four clash against either world number four Canada or 17th-ranked Puerto Rico, who play later.A'ja Wilson added 15 points and eight rebounds […]
  • Berlin – Bayern Munich's history of success in German football can often see the term "crisis" thrown around the moment points are dropped, but with the team sitting fifth in the Bundesliga after seven games, there is little doubt all is not well.Bayern host Bayer Leverkusen on Friday night winless since mid-August, an unfamiliar position for a club which is vying for 11 titles in a row.Bayern's struggles are mirrored by those of the misfiring Sadio Mane, with the summer arrival goalless in five matches after scoring five times in his opening six games.Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic has backed the […]
  • London — Rory McIlroy believes it is still possible for men's professional golf to become "cohesive again" after an "ugly year" beset by bitter rows between the established US and European tours and the insurgent LIV Series.The Saudi-backed LIV has caused turmoil since its June debut, with record purses and financial guarantees luring several top players away from the US PGA Tour.Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson were among the players who joined LIV Golf.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),,n.defer=!0,n.src="",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");The PGA Tour gave them indefinite bans, with LIV and some of the players involved […]
  • Singapore — Red Bull's dominant Max Verstappen can clinch a second world championship when the Singapore Grand Prix returns this weekend after a three-year absence because of Covid-19.The flying Dutchman has a mathematical chance to seal back-to-back world titles under lights around the spectacular and demanding Marina Bay street circuit.To do so, the 24-year-old must win the race — something he has never done in Singapore — and needs his closest rivals to falter badly.If that does not happen, the championship fight will move on to the Japanese Grand Prix a week later. It looks a case of when, not […]
  • Cape Town — There was a video on social media of Canan Moodie’s family rejoicing after he scored his first Test try on debut against Australia in Sydney, and it has changed their lives forever.The 19-year-old from Paarl launched himself into the air and beat Wallaby wing Marika Koroibete to the ball to dot down in Sydney in a memorable 24-8 Springbok victory.!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const a=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),,n.defer=!0,n.src="",a.parentNode.insertBefore(n,a)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk");“My mother (Chantel) was now at the third Test in Durban, and she says herself that she can’t walk around like a normal person anymore … ” Moodie said at Loftus Versfeld yesterday, where he is […]
  • Milan — Italy's Serie A is set to have its first match officiated by a woman after the country's referee association AIA confirmed on Wednesday that Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi would take charge of a game this weekend.In July Ferrieri Caputi was promoted to the top rung of Italian football's match officials and local media reported that she will be assigned Sassuolo's home clash with Salernitana on Sunday afternoon."This isn't any old day, I'm pretty emotional," said AIA president Alfredo Trentalange.Speaking at a press conference in Rome he did not confirm which match Ferrieri Caputi would be given."Maria Sole will […]
  • Copenhagen — Denmark's kit supplier Hummel has toned down its logo on the jerseys to be worn at the 2022 World Cup to protest against Qatar's human rights record, it said on Wednesday."With the Danish national team's new jerseys, we wanted to send a dual message. They are not only inspired by Euro 92, paying tribute to Denmark's greatest football success, but also a protest against Qatar and its human rights record," Hummel wrote in a post on Instagram.The red logo is barely visible on the team's red jersey.This shirt carries with it a message.We don't wish to be visible […]
  • Paris — Richarlison responded angrily on Wednesday to racist abuse after he scored as Brazil thrashed Tunisia in a friendly in Paris."As long as you continue to 'blah blah blah' and don't punish, it will continue like this, happening every day and in every corner. No time left, man!" he tweeted in Portuguese.Richarlison was pelted with objects from the stands after putting Brazil ahead for the second time in the 5-1 win at Parc des Princes on Tuesday.The Tottenham Hotspur forward celebrated in front of the Tunisian supporters, who responded by throwing a banana and plastic cups in his direction.The […]