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  • Madrid – Real Sociedad goalkeeper Alex Remiro made a string of fine saves to frustrate Real Madrid in a 0-0 draw Sunday, leaving Barcelona five points clear at the top of La Liga.After the Catalans beat Girona on Saturday Madrid needed to win to stay three points behind their rivals in the title race, but Remiro ensured otherwise, keeping third-place La Real on the champions' tail.Vinicius Junior had three good chances repelled by Remiro among other Madrid openings, as Carlo Ancelotti's side sparkled but failed to find the goal their performance deserved.The draw continues a mixed start to 2023 for […]
  • Cape Town – West Indies cricketers of the new millennium were born into a cricketing dynasty.But the responsibility of maintaining the royal legacy of the 1970’s and 80s proved to be too heavy a burden. All they ever heard about was how great Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Clive Lloyd, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and Jeff Dujon were.It took an entire new format of the game to be unearthed for the next group of superstars from the Caribbean to break free of those shackles and form their own identity. And what an impact they’ve had […]
  • Paris – Formula One is never more than a chicane away from an unseemly spat as last week's surfacing of tensions between the sport's custodians the FIA and its owners Liberty Media demonstratedF1 is basking in a resurgence of popularity, fuelled by the exploits of its leading actors Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, adrenaline-sapping wheel-to-wheel racing, and an expanding fanbase driven in part by the success of Netflix's fly-on-the-pitlane-wall series "Drive To Survive".Yet purported Saudi interest in adding F1 to its growing sport-portfolio beyond LIV Golf and the Premier League has triggered a row that threatens to act as a […]
  • Melbourne – In drawing level with Rafael Nadal's record 22 Grand Slam titles, Novak Djokovic reignited the debate about who is the greatest men's tennis player of all time.For some, the Serb settled it with his record-extending 10th Australian Open crown.Certainly his vanquished opponent on Rod Laver Arena thinks so."He's the greatest that has ever held a tennis racquet, for sure," said Stefanos Tsitsipas after losing 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5).!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");It seems inevitable that Djokovic, who returned to world number one with his dominant victory in Sunday's final, will win more Slams.At 35 he is a year younger […]
  • Dubai – From 'teegate' to 'treegate' -– it seems impossible to keep Patrick Reed and controversies apart.The American, who now plies his trade as a contracted LIV Golf player, was embroiled in yet another rules controversy during Sunday's third round of the $9 million Dubai Desert Classic, when his ball got lodged in one of the palm trees to the right of the drivable, par-4 17th green.!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");Reed said he could identify his ball on the tree after looking through a pair of binoculars and proceeded to take a drop right under the tree with a one-shot penalty.He ended […]
  • Cape Town — “Bavuma, Bavuma, Bavuma!”A name that has not echoed around a South African cricket ground with such fervour since that magical day at Newlands seven years ago.🚨 RESULT | SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 5 WICKETSCaptain Temba Bavuma's third ODI century set the platform for the remaining batters to pick up where he left off and chase down the 343-run target 🏏The Betway ODI Series is sealed ✅#SAvENG #BePartOfIt— Proteas Men (@ProteasMenCSA) January 29, 2023 But for all the historical significance of that sunlit day in Cape Town, this arguably meant even more to the man himself, South […]
  • Wrexham — Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds watched on in anguish as his Wrexham side conceded deep into stoppage time to draw 3-3 against Championship promotion hopefuls Sheffield United in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney took over the National League side in 2020.The American celebrated the Welsh club's three goals wildly in the stands, but they will need to win a replay to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup for the first time since 1997.Wrexham could not have got off to a worse start as Oli McBurnie headed the Blades in front […]
  • Polokwane — A hoodoo that was threatening to make a mockery of Kaizer Chiefs’ standing as the aristocrats of South African football has been broken.Sunday’s maiden win over the Premiership's flamboyant outfit from KZN following three previous losses could go a long way towards ensuring the success of Amakhosi’s rebuilding project.Following Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 win over Royal AM, here’s what Arthur Zwane had to say about the match and Amakhosi’s performance 👇#DStvPrem— SuperSport Football ⚽️ (@SSFootball) January 29, 2023 Coming as it did on the back of a three-match losing streak, the victory is just what coach Arthur Zwane and […]
  • London — Newcastle United on Sunday announced the signing of Everton forward Anthony Gordon on a long-term deal for a fee that could reportedly rise to £45million.The 21-year-old winger is the first arrival of the January transfer window at St James' Park."Since I heard of the interest, I was always convinced Newcastle were for me," Gordon told NUFC TV."I think the fan base and the city really suits me as a person, the way the team are playing under the gaffer at the minute really suits me, and the club just look like they're heading in the right direction."I feel […]
  • Melbourne — Novak Djokovic said it "hurts him and me" after they decided that his father would not be courtside to see him win the Australian Open on Sunday, following a controversy over a Russian flag.Srdjan Djokovic was absent from the Serbian's box for his final against Stefanos Tsitsipas at Rod Laver Arena, where Djokovic won a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title.A seat next to Djokovic's mother, usually occupied by Srdjan, was empty.Icons together 💙@DjokerNole • @rodlaver • #AusOpen • #AO2023— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2023 "We both agreed that it would probably be better that he's not there," […]
  • London — Phillips stepped down on Sunday after a turbulent week for the sport in Wales following a BBC documentary that aired allegations of sexism, racism and homophobia at the WRU.Former Olympic hurdler and Wales wing Nigel Walker was named as caretaker CEO, and he warned of an "existential crisis" for Welsh rugby."It is with a huge amount of regret that I have decided to hand in my resignation," Phillips said in a statement issued by the WRU."I have always had the best interests of Welsh rugby at the heart of my every action and thought, but have come to […]
  • Brighton — Holders Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup after losing 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round on Sunday as Kaoru Mitoma struck the winning goal in stoppage time.Harvey Elliott put Liverpool ahead, Lewis Dunk equalised before halftime and the score stayed at 1-1 until Mitoma found the net in the 92nd minute with a fine finish.It was the second time Brighton defeated Liverpool this month, having also beaten Jurgen Klopp's side 3-0 in a Premier League game.Liverpool's teenage midfielder Elliott put them ahead in the 30th minute with a low shot into the […]
  • Durban — Katleho Maphathe scored a stoppage-time leveller as Richards Bay rescued a point in a 1-1 draw against AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.This result means The Natal Rich Boyz further cement their place in second spot while AmaZulu retain eighth place.Thabo Qalinge broke the deadlock for the visitors, scoring his first top-flight goal in over two years.January arrival Junior Dion made a run between defenders and he was delightfully found by Pule Ekstein and, after composing himself, rolled the ball for the on-rushing Qalinge who tapped home from close range.Richards Bay captain Maphathe emerged in the […]
  • Cape Town – Jet Dark turned the tables on fierce rival Kommetdieding at the WSB Cape Town Met on Saturday when he produced one of the most exciting finishes to the famous race in many years at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth.!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");Last year, the roles were reversed as Kommetdieding (8-1) pipped Jet Dark (4-1) in an equally exciting finish. Saturday's thriller provided a classic swansong for these two great horses, who will now retire to the breeding sheds.Winning rider Richard Fourie, one of the country's most exciting young jockeys, paid tribute to the two horses after the race. “(Jet Dark) and […]
  • Cape Town — Midfielder Thabang Monare and striker Monnapule Saleng produced outstanding performances to spearhead Orlando Pirates' dominant 2-0 win over Marumo Gallants at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday night.Saleng was named the Man of the Match but Monare would have been an equally deserving recipient.After a sterling run down the left flank by Terrence Dzvukamanja, Saleng produced a classy finish with a first-time shot at goal after reading play splendidly. Saleng timed his run into the opposition goalmouth to perfection and connected with Dzvukamanja's cutback into the penalty box.Mamelodi Sundowns, Pirates' next opponents would have noted this excellent […]
  • Johannesburg – AmaZulu Football Club are set to reignite the pride of KwaZulu Natal with their launch of a new youth development named ‘Project 2032’.The KwaZulu Natal-based club, under the ownership and leadership of Sandile Zungu have reconfigured their ambitions and targets in recent seasons.Zungu has been incredibly vocal about his intentions to turn one of the oldest clubs in the country into a force to be reckoned with.The announcement of a reinvigorated program aimed at re-energising the dreams of the local youth is an idea already in motion in some of the most successful football nations in the world.!function(e,t,r){let […]
  • Cape Town — Gavin Hunt, one of South Africa's most successful coaches, says there is a lack of game intelligence in SA football, and it is contributing to poor playing standards.Hunt's assessment comes a few days after the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) showed that the world rating for SA’s Premiership had plummeted from 31 (2021) to 53 in 2022.Hunt was sharing his thoughts on television in a post-match interview after SuperSport United's clash against Swallows FC at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday.The clash also marked a contest between two former Kaizer Chiefs coaches, Swallows' Ernst Middendorp and […]
  • Durban — Elated Sharks boss Marco Masotti reckons his team’s 22-19 defeat of Edinburgh in the Scottish capital “is one of the greatest victories in the history of the franchise” and while many former Sharks players might beg to differ, director of rugby Neil Powell was equally ecstatic.The Sharks were terrific on defence, especially in the last minutes of the game when they had to defend for their lives and a fact as old as the game itself is that the way a team defends tells you everything about their team culture.“We are so proud of the boys for the […]
  • Kingston – It is the question on the lips of every Jamaican — and none more so than the country's most famous athlete, eight-time Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt."Where's the money gone?"The investigation into a multi-million dollar fraud at the Kingston-based investment firm Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL), which has reportedly seen Bolt's $12 million account left almost empty, is dominating discussion in the Caribbean nation.!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");So much so that one of the country's top dance hall artists, Gage, quickly released a song "SSL," whose chorus repeatedly asks the above question in Jamaican patois.True to the traditions of […]
  • Melbourne — An emotional Novak Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to claim a 10th Australian Open title and equal Rafael Nadal's 22 grand slam crowns, a victory that returned him to world number one.The Serbian star overcame a hamstring injury and off-court drama on his return to Melbourne Park to sweep past the Greek third seed 6-3 7-6(4) 7-6(5) on Rod Laver Arena.His night. His court. His trophy. His legacy.@DjokerNole • #AusOpen • #AO2023— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2023 He surged to victory without father Srdjan in the stands after he sparked controversy by posing with a fan […]