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Cricket

England must man up to the Aussies, says coach Bayliss

Trevor Bayliss. Picture: AFP PHOTO/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

New coach Trevor Bayliss calls on squad to fight fire with fire, be positive and aggressive to regain the Ashes from his native Australia

Other Sport

Coetzee has measure of Lerena, says Durandt

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Victory for Kevin Lerena will convince promoter Rodney Berman that the 23-year-old left-hander is a long term investment

Rugby

Gold wary of intact Lions and Cheetahs

Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold at a training session at Kings Park Stadium in Durban yesterday. Picture: STEVE HAAG/GALLO IMAGES

Sharks have relinquished a number of Springbok players who will play a minimal or no role in the Currie Cup

Cricket

Can Rabada copy Schultz’s blitz?

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who is on his first tour with the Proteas, received some good advice from former SA talent Brett Schultz, who burst onto the scene in Sri Lanka 22 years ago. Picture: ASHLEY VLOTMAN/GALLO IMAGES

Ace fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has some experience with the heat and pitch of the subcontinent but can he match Sri Lanka hero Brett Schultz?

Soccer

Chiefs snub hearing on Abraw conflict

Camaldine Abraw. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Celtic refuse to budge on Camaldine Abraw issue as Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung ducks and dives

Cricket

Bangladesh are as scary as a statistician armed with a calculator

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There is no quibbling with the fact that Bangladesh have won six of their past seven one-day internationals at home and that they beat real teams — Pakistan and India

Rugby

Japan-bound Mapoe to keep Bok door open

Lionel Mapoe. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/JOHAN PRETORIUS

Agent confirms dynamo centre Lionel Mapoe coming back for Super Rugby and Boks if called up

Cricket

Johnson Stokes the fires before Ashes

Australia’s left-arm firebrand, Mitchell Johnson, who is expecting a hostile reception from England’s supporters, says he does not enjoy being the pantomime villain but he will deal with it during the Ashes. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/RYAN PIERSE

Australian fast bowler chomping at the bit to get stuck into the old cricketing enemy at next week’s Ashes Test

GO DAD: Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return to Lukas Lacko of Slovakia during their men’s singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

Federer battles searing heat to make perfect start

With the mercury soaring to 30°C Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 winner, race into the Wimbledon second round

Opinion

Fetish with professionalism holds up rugby development

Coach who expects every boy to conform to his own cultural norms will never successfully field a racially diverse team

Soccer

Uefa tweaks fair play rules to attract investors to European football

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New fair play regime ‘an expansion and a strengthening’ of the rules and will force clubs to give extra information on ownership

Rugby

Rugby’s sevens blossoming, but XVs need rejigging

Bernard Lapasset, chairman of Rugby World Cup, says international rugby’s northern and southern hemisphere competitions could do with a shake-up. Picture: PATRICK BOLGER/GETTY IMAGES

World Rugby president Bernard Lapasset wants to bring northern and southern hemisphere programmes of the 15-man game closer together

Cricket

England cricket duo have been Warned

England all-rounder Stuart Broad cuts a disconsolate figure as he leaves the wicket while the New Zealanders are all smiles. The Black Caps secured a 199-run victory in the second Test yesterday to level the series 1-1. It was New Zealand’s first Test win against England since 2008.  Picture: AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS

Former Australian cricketer, Shane Warne has warned England’s new-ball duo, James Anderson and Stuart Broad to expect verbal abuse as they approach the Ashes cricket clash

Soccer

Job done as Pirates down Leopards on a cow-patch

BACK IN ACTION: Orlando Pirates will be pleased to have Happy Jele available for the home leg against Egypt’s Al Ahly. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Orladno Pirates were in form as they got their CAF Confederation Cup group campaign off to a perfect start

Other Sport

The ‘Serena Slam’ is drawing ever closer

Serena Williams. Picture:  Picture: EPA / TONY MCDONOUGH

Serena Williams is on her way to becoming the first woman in 27 years to claim the top four titles in one year

Opinion

Rusty Proteas far from a certain bet in Bangladesh

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The Proteas have a history of stuttering starts on tour in the past decade — all because of rust, writes Neil Manthorp

Columnists

Meyer pulls a couple of shock omissions, but don’t hold your breath

Heyneke Meyer. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/IAN MACNICOL

Heyneke Meyer’s squad is consistent with his selections in the three years of coaching the Boks, but it’s not the World Cup 31

Cricket

Sri Lanka level series with time to spare

Sri Lankan cricketer Dimuth Karunaratne watches the ball after playing a shot during the final day of the second Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the P Sara Oval  in Colombo on Monday.  Picture: AFP PHOTO/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

Win ends Sri Lanka’s three-match losing streak at the P Sara Oval and sets up a potentially thrilling finale when the third Test begins in Kandy on Friday

Soccer

Cech cashes in 11 years at Chelsea to join Gunners

Petr Cech. Picture: EPA/KERIM OKTEN

Chelsea reluctant to release Petr Cech but keeper did not want to spend another campaign as deputy to Thibaut Courtois — 10 years junior

Other Sport

New talent on show at Jamaican athletics trials

Omar McLeod, in white, jumps a hurdle to win the 110m hurdles next to Dwight Thompson, left, and Hansle Parchment at the national trials in Kingston, Jamaica. Picture: REUTERS/GILBERT BELLAMY

US indoor sprint champion Omar McLeod smashes personal best time to win 110m hurdles

Rugby

Meyer told to check numbers

The Springboks during a training session at Cape Town Stadium earlier this month in Cape Town. The Bok coach has to ensure his 23-man World Cup squad will have at least seven black players. Picture: ASHLEY VLOTMAN/GALLO IMAGES

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer faces complex but not impossible task meeting South African Rugby Union’s transformation targets

Other Sport

Futura’s handicap spooks the punters

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Trainer of Durban July third favourite critical of handicappers and insists merit ratings in SA are too high

Sport

Wimbledon: All eyes, and cameras, will be on the coaches

Novak Djokovic. Picture: REUTERS

Djokovic denies being coached from the stands by Boris Becker, but the issue is becoming a cause for concern

Other Sport

Murray will have to fight to win Wimbledon

Andy Murray of Britain is all concentration on his way to victory over France’s Jeremy Chardy during their second round match at the Rome Open on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS

Andy Murray, a favourite going into Wimbledon, will have to wrest the title from the clutches of the World’s best player, Novak Djokovic

Soccer

National teams face busy month of qualifications

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Packed Safa calender shows four of SA’s teams will attempt to advance in qualifiers, including Bafana’s African Nations Championship bid

Other Sport

Boris Becker returns to Wimbledon

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic walk past each other without a sideways glance at last year’s Wimbledon prizegiving. Boris Becker says in his new book they do not like each other. Picture: CLIVE BRUNSKILl/GETTY IMAGES

Thirty years on Boris Becker is still making Wimbledon waves — from the corner of world No 1 Novak Djokovic

Nick Kyrgios of Australia talks to the umpire during his match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on Monday. Picture: REUTERS/STEFAN WERMUTH

I’m dirty scum, not ref, says Kyrgios

Australia’s fiery Nick Kyrgios argues with umpire in easy Wimbledon win

Other Sport

Djokovic unruffled, Williams blasts through

Serena Williams. Picture:  Picture: EPA / TONY MCDONOUGH

Serial title winner Williams has the Australian Open and French Open under her belt and moves past the halfway mark in quest for a rare calendar year Grand Slam

Cricket

Rabada’s mission to step into Steyn’s boots

Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada in Johannesburg on Monday. GALLO IMAGES/JOHAN RYNNERS

Under-19 World Cup-winning fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is expected to put up his hand as Dale Steyn’s long-term replacement

Other Sport

Sprinter Gatlin hopes history will judge him less harshly

Justin Gatlin, the US star with two doping bans behind him, can’t see why people want him kicked out. Picture: PAOLO BRUNO/GETTY IMAGES

Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, says he expects future generations to look at him less judgmentally

Soccer

Finger fiend out on his backside

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Chile defender Gonzalo Jara banned from Copa America after backside attack on opponent

Soccer

Tovey’s new role carries a heavy burden

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New technical director Neil Tovey ‘has the credentials and experience’ to oversee the coaching of coaches in SA soccer

Other Sport

Spanish tennis players up in revolt

David Ferrer of Spain looks dejected during the 2010 South African Tennis Open at Montecasino, Johnnesburg. Picture:  GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

In open letter players blast ‘the lack of transparency’ in the distribution of the Spanish tennis federation’s revenues

Soccer

Bucs keeper Mhlongo knows what to expect

Brighton Mhlongo. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Pirates want to begin their group stages campaign with a victory but Leopards are tough nuts to crack at home

Opinion & Analysis

Why Africa excels at sport, but not the sport industry

Didier Drogba. Picture: REUTERS

Africa has emerging economic powers able to perform on an international sporting stage but lacking a sport industry infrastructure of organisations that can lead change

Rugby

Matfield wants to be Bulls’ new headman

Victor Matfield, seen here conducting a Bulls training session at Loftus Versfeld in April, wants to become the team’s new head coach. Picture: JOHAN RYNNERS/GALLO IMAGES

World Cup-winning lock Victor Matfield throws hat in the ring to coach the Bulls

Rugby

Fourie suspends Springbok retirement

Bok centre Jaque Fourie has ended his retirement. Picture: DAVID ROGERS/GETTY IMAGES

Jaque Fourie ends shortest retirements in rugby history to be ready for Springbok duty

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