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South Africa's captain Hashim Amla (bottom C), Morne Morkel (L), Dale Steyn (bottom R) and AB de Villiers (top R) pose with teammates and the trophy after winning  the Test cricket series against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Monday. Picture:  REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE

Philander and Tahir make a Test to remember

11 hour(s) ago

Proteas heroes keep the Sri Lankans at bay to win the series and reclaim the top ranking in the world

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Kazakhstan ‘serious on hosting Tour de France’

ALL ROUNDER: Race leader Astana team rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy rides near the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the final 21st stage of the Tour de France cycle race in Paris on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
8 hour(s) ago

Kazakh Cycling president Kairat Kelimbetov says his country is keen to host start of Tour de France like England did this year

Other Sport

Novice bowlers help grow SA’s gold medal tally in Glasgow

EYE ON THE BALL: Prince Neluonde of South Africa in action in the lawn bowls men’s triple final against Northern Ireland during day five of the 20th Commonwealth Games at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday. Team South Africa now has six gold medals at the games. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ROGER SEDRES
7 hour(s) ago

Prince Neluonde, Pierre Breitenbach help South African men’s trips to win gold in Commonwealth Games, sixth for Team South Africa at tournament

Rugby

Bulls pin hopes on young players for improved Currie Cup campaign

Marvin Orie. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN
7 hour(s) ago

During Super Rugby competition Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has blooded young guns who are ready to help Pretoria side restore pride at Loftus Versfeld

Other Sport

Horses could be drawing lottery customers

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7 hour(s) ago

Figures from Durban July suggest punters are deserting lottery in favour of horse racing, Lotto players complain they are seldom in pay-out queue

Cricket

South Africa draw Test, jump to number one

Hashim Amla (bottom centre), Morne Morkel (left), Dale Steyn (bottom right) and AB de Villiers (top right) pose with the trophy after winning the cricket series against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Monday.  Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

A gritty South African tail fights off Sri Lanka’s spinners to snatch a nerve-jangling draw in second Test and seal a historic 1-0 series win

Cricket

SA need 331 more to win on last day of Test

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1 day(s) ago

With nine wickets in hand, AB de Villiers says Proteas may chase runs

Other Sport

Italy’s Nibali dominates rivals to win Tour

ALL ROUNDER: Race leader Astana team rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy rides near the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the final 21st stage of the Tour de France cycle race in Paris on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS
1 day(s) ago

Vincenzo Nibali becomes first Italian to win Tour de France since late Marco Pantani, jubilant France hails first double podium finish in 30 years

Soccer

Mashaba confident SA has the emerging talent to rebuild Bafana

Ephraim Shakes Mashaba. Picture: THE TIMES
1 day(s) ago

New coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba will have little time to savour his appointment as Bafana begin the qualifiers for the 2015 African Nations Cup

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Ricciardo holds off Alonso for Hungarian victory

FASTEST: Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia celebrates in front of third placed Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix. Picture: REUTERS, DAVID W CERNY
1 day(s) ago

Australian Daniel Ricciardo charges to thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix victory, his second Formula One win for Red Bull

Vernon Philander. Picture: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE

Proteas rely on guts and Amla-led enjoyment to reclaim top spot

With all hope of victory long gone, SA’s dramatic fight for survival was better value for viewing time than many of their triumphs, writes Neil Manthorp

Opinion

Blitzboks look to Rio Olympics after winning gold

Cecil Afrika. Picture: AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL

Cecil Afrika proclaim ‘rugby is our national sport’ after South Africa stuns New Zealand to win Commonwealth Games gold

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Lauda backs Hamilton’s refusal to oblige Rosberg

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. Picture: AFP PHOTO
7 hour(s) ago

Mercedes to review policy after Hungarian Grand Prix, team chief Niki Lauda supports Lewis Hamilton after he ignores instructions to let Nico Rosberg overtake

Soccer

Fifa wants probe of ‘racist comments’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter. Picture: REUTERS
7 hour(s) ago

Football governing body asks Italian Football Federation to investigate comments made by Carlo Tavecchio in which he refers to African players ‘banana eaters’

Rugby

Sharks could not conjure up a miracle

Super 15 semifinal between the Crusaders and the Sharks at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/FIONA GOODALL
1 day(s) ago

The vitriol, insults, personal abuse and crassness directed at the Sharks must be the greatest motivator for the players to aim for fifth place next season

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Crawford and Hatt double down in eLan Gold Cup meeting at Greyville

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1 day(s) ago

Wavin’ Flag forms first leg of grade 1 double for trainer Brett Crawford, jockey Glen Hatt, four-year-old gives strong performance to beat Wild One by half a length

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Uncertainty over licence to box for Hlatshwayo

Isaac Hlatshwayo. Picture: SOWETAN
1 day(s) ago

Trainer Manny Fernandes announces that Isaac Hlatshwayo will make comeback, but Boxing South Africa is not aware he has been relicensed

Opinion

Puffy ankle almost tripped up Le Clos at games

TAKING THE LEAD: South African Chad le Clos swims to a gold medal in the men’s 200m butterfly final at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday. He beat Australia’s Grant Irvine and Sebastien Rousseau, also from South Africa. Picture: AFP PHOTO, GLYN KIRK

Ankle injury almost prevents Olympic champion Chad le Clos from successfully defending his 200m butterfly title at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Rugby

Schemer White has to do it all again

Patrick Lambie. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG
4 day(s) ago

Coach has to take his side to the final and repeat their win over the Canterbury Crusaders

Soccer

Safa puts technical director on hold until Bafana coach named

RESOLUTE: Danny Jordaan says Safa will look everywhere for a suitable coach or coaching team able to reinvigorate the national soccer team. Picture: SOWETAN
4 day(s) ago

South African Football Association will not name technical director on Saturday, decides coach announcement will be enough excitement for one day

BusinessDay

Mexico returns to Formula One roster

Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Mexico will be back on Formula One calendar in 2015 after 23-year absence, race to be held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

BusinessDay

Farah out of Commonwealth Games

Mo Farah. Picture: PAUL GILHAM/GETTY IMAGES
4 day(s) ago

Injury forces Olympic champion Mo Farah ‘to take tough decision’ to withdraw from Commonwealth Games to work on his fitness before European Championships

Soccer

Khune promises to make Chiefs fans happy

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4 day(s) ago

Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs will give fans early appetiser to coming season when they meet in Carling Black Label Cup at sold-out FNB Stadium

Other Sport

Jockey Yeni may impress in Gold Cup at Greyville

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

Muzi Yeni has enjoyed best season to date, but has had to live in shadow of champion-elect S’manga Khumalo for most of the 2013-14 campaign

Rugby

Lambie upbeat on debut in Super Rugby semifinals in Christchurch

Pat Lambie. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/JOHAN PRETORIUS
5 day(s) ago

Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie will have opportunity to showcase his big-match-temperament in Super Rugby semifinal against Crusaders

Other Sport

De Kock will lose title but has other prospects

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5 day(s) ago

Mike de Kock set to relinquish champion trainer title next week, but has prospects of winning both two-year-old feature races at Greyville on Saturday

Soccer

Safa expecting a profit after cutting costs

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5 day(s) ago

Players and officials were told to fly economy class to save money

Rugby

History not on Sharks’ side in Crusaders clash

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7 day(s) ago

KwaZulu-Natal team have lost more away semifinals than they have won

Soccer

Brazilian football has fallen behind the world leaders, says icon Neymar

Neymar. Picture: AFP PHOTO
7 day(s) ago

Neymar says team strove hard for glory, but other countries have moved ahead, Brazil must catch up, star player refuses to pin the blame on Luiz Felipe Scolari

Other Sport

Woods and Mickelson ‘not Ryder Cup certainties’

VETERAN SKIPPER: Tom Watson of the US watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England. Picture: REUTERS
7 day(s) ago

US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson is taking biennial team event seriously, rejects notion that Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson are guaranteed places in his side

Other Sport

Futura a favourite despite failure at July race

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

Bookies believe three-year-old Futura can win Beach Beauty Champions Cup at Greyville, there is also support for Pomodoro

Soccer

Gerrard hangs up international boots

CALLING IT QUITS: Steven Gerrard of England on the ball during the international friendly match between England and Peru at Wembley Stadium on May 30 this year. Picture: GETTY IMAGES, CLIVE ROSE
7 day(s) ago

England captain Steven Gerrard announces his retirement from international soccer, Liverpool midfielder won 114 caps for his country

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Waratahs win back fans by making final

First home Super Rugby final for Waratahs will seem lifetime away from two years ago, when they were booed off field by dwindling crowds

Cricket

SA face a crucial start as Jayawardene is praised for his steady century

SWEPT AWAY: Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene, left, is watched by South Africa’s Quinton de Kock on Thursday in Colombo. Picture: AFP/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI
4 day(s) ago

Mahela Jayawardene still at stumps, after batting for six hours, facing 225 balls for his undefeated 140 at end of first day of second Test between Sri Lanka, Proteas

Other Sport

Mountain man Majka in pole position to take polka dots

CLIMBERS: Tinkoff-Saxo rider Rafal Majka, right, of Poland, cycles ahead of Giovanni Visconti of Italy on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS
5 day(s) ago

Rafal Majka takes big step towards winning Tour de France polka dot jersey, takes solo route to stage victory as Vincenzo Nibali strengthens his grip on overall race

Soccer

Rodriguez realises Spanish dream with Real

James Rodriguez of Colombia. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/CLIVE ROSE
6 day(s) ago

Transfer fee for Colombian striker is unknown, but Spanish media report a figure of between € 75m and € 80m

Other Sport

SA’s chase for Commonwealth Games medals begins in Glasgow

The flag of South Africa is carried by Cecil Sebastian Afrika as the team enters the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.  Picture: REUTERS/Jim Young
5 day(s) ago

Race is on to win first medal for Team South Africa at Commonwealth Games, Kate Roberts, Gillian Saunders have first opportunity in women’s triathlon

Soccer

Baxter fails to stem speculation of a move

‘HONOURED’: Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says the Safa technical director position is interesting and important, especially in South Africa, but Safa must follow procedure and approach his club if it is interested in hiring him. Picture: GALLO IMAGES, DUIF DU TOIT
5 day(s) ago

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says he has not applied for South African Football Association (Safa) job, but describes it as ‘interesting and very important’

Cricket

SA hope to end foreigners’ run of nothingness on Colombo pitch

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

South Africa face prospect of Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo for second Test against Sri Lanka, ground that shows visiting sides no mercy

Other Sport

Hamilton out to cut into Rosberg lead

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. Picture: AFP PHOTO
5 day(s) ago

Lewis Hamilton needs win to cut into Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s 14-point championship lead, Hungarian Grand Prix offers perfect opportunity

Soccer

United prepared to splash the cash to turn fortunes

BIG SIGNING: Colombian striker formerly at AS Monaco James Rodriguez poses during his presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium after signing with Spanish club Real Madrid on Tuesday. Spanish media said Real paid about €80m for Rodriguez, making him one of the most expensive players yet. Picture: AFP PHOTO, PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU
5 day(s) ago

Manchester United willing to break transfer records to give manager Louis van Gaal players he wants, have spent more than £50m on Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera

Soccer

Bloemfontein Celtic’s Middendorp infuriates Safa over player’s release

Mninawa Ntloko promo
6 day(s) ago

Perennially irritable Bloemfontein Celtic coach’s name will definitely not appear on the Safa Christmas shopping list this year

Soccer

Karuru impresses in trial outing with Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs
7 day(s) ago

Kaizer Chiefs will confirm only on Wednesday whether they have signed Ovidy Karuru, speedy attacking midfielder started for Amakhosi in Chippa United game

Cricket

India break winless run in Lord’s Test

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

India ends run of 15 Tests without away victory after beating England, putting tourists 1-0 up in five-match series after drawn opener

Other Sport

McIlroy walks with the legends after British Open victory

CHAMPION:  Rory McIlroy kisses the Claret Jug after winning the British Open on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS/CATHAL McNAUGHTON
8 day(s) ago

Rory McIlroy joins legends Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to have achieved that feat by the time they were 25

Rugby

White’s loyalty to and investment in his players have paid off handsomely

Jake White. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG
8 day(s) ago

Jake White’s coaching career has coincided with loyalty to players who have done well for him

Cricket

Proteas camp tries to bully broadcaster

Vernon Philander. Picture: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE
8 day(s) ago

Threats follow fast bowler Vernon Philander being filmed tampering with the match ball

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