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A staff walks past a logo of soccer's international governing body FIFA at their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States over suspected corruption at soccer's governing body FIFA. Picture: REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH

Swiss open criminal proceedings tied to 2018, 2022 Fifa World Cup bids

Authorities open proceedings against individuals on suspicion of mismanagement, money laundering related to allocation of Fifa soccer World Cups in Russia, Qatar

Europe

Fifa officials arrested in Switzerland

A staff walks past a logo of soccer's international governing body FIFA at their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States over suspected corruption at soccer's governing body FIFA. Picture: REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH

Swiss authorities say US authorities requested arrest of six football officials suspected of receiving or paying bribes worth millions of dollars

Soccer

Bafana take on Malawi in consolation match

Coach Shakes Mashaba during the 2015 Cosafa Cup match between SA and Botswana on Sunday. Picture: LEE WARREN/GALLO IMAGES

Coach Shakes Mashaba to name squad for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia on Thursday, following the Cosafa semi-final against Malawi

Rugby

Transformation in rugby, but more work needed

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Saru wants the Boks and Super Rugby franchises to field teams that are 50% black by 2019

Other Sport

Nadal secures winning start

Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to France’s Quentin Halys during the men’s first round match at the French Open in Paris on Tuesday. Nadal won 6-3 6-3 6-4. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PASCAL GUYOT

King of Clay beats Frenchman as he tries to ‘avoid ups and downs this season’ happening at French Open

Soccer

Mashamaite ‘still negotiating’ Chiefs contract renewal

Tefu Mashamaite. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Speculation rife over renewal of Kaizer Chiefs’ award-winning Tefu Mashamaite as contract nears end

Soccer

Benitez all but certain to be Real manager

Rafael Benitez is expected to take over as Real Madrid manager after the team sacked Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday. File picture: REUTERS

The next man to face the task of living up to Perez’s highest of standards will be current Napoli boss Rafael Benitez

Cricket

AB De Villiers a winner in IPL even though his team not on top

AB de Villiers. Picture: REUTERS

Batsman AB De Villiers electrifies Indian Premier League with this season’s highest score

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Wostmann tipped for Comrades gold

Rae Bischoff was the last South African woman to win the Comrades in 1998, and since then European athletes have muscled into their territory

Opinion

It surely cannot get any worse than Botswana beating Bafana … in SA nogal!

Mninawa Ntloko: Does it make sense to leave the country when preparing for an event that is actually in SA?

Cricket

England opt for Aussie as new coach

Trevor Bayliss. Picture: AFP PHOTO/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

Australian Trevor Bayliss to coach England ahead of this year’s Ashes series

Other Sport

Greyville punters can expect a Legislate-Futura blockbuster

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Legislate will be on a reputation-redeeming mission in the Gold Challenge

Soccer

Drogba’s legacy ‘will help Chelsea younger players’

Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, left, and Cesc Fabregas celebrate with the Barclays Premier League trophy and Capital One Cup in an open-top bus parade, to celebrate winning the league in west London on Monday. Picture: REUTERS

Blues boss Jose Mourinho insists veteran striker’s legacy will continue to be felt because of his effect on the development of the club’s younger players

Opinion

Tougher Navarro feels she can go all the way in Paris

Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain plays a shot to Monica Niculescu of Romania during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, on Monday. Picture: REUTERS/VINCENT KESSLER

Diminutive Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro lands easy first win at the French Open

Other Sport

Berdych just too good for teenager Nishioka

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic serves during the first round match against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris on Monday. Nishioka lost the match 6-0 7-5 6-3. Picture: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

First time in 48 years that as many as five Japanese players feature in the main singles draw

Columnists

In the age of Instagram, cricketers have to do more than work on their stats

England’s Kevin Pietersen. Picture: REUTERS

These days, Twitter and Instagram accounts mean the players don’t even need a middle man

Other Sport

Toweel’s Tumelo all set for a fiery baptism

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Free State youngster Tumelo Pedi takes on Rofhiwa Maemu for the vacant Gauteng featherweight title

Soccer

Club Brugge add to Keet’s woes while SA’s stars mull their fates

Darren Keet. Picture: GALLO IMEAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Bafana Bafana stopper Darren Keet still faces an uncertain future at Kortrijk

Middle East

Soccer becomes Palestinians’ new political weapon

Fifa chief Sepp Blatter plays soccer with Palestinian children during a visit to the West Bank city of Ramallah last week. He also visited Israel on what he called a ‘mission of peace’. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMAD TOROKMAN

Proposal put forward to suspend Israel from Fifa at the world governing body’s annual congress in Zurich on Friday

Soccer

Drogba injured in final game at Chelsea

Team mates carry Chelsea's Didier Drogba off the pitch on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS/TONY O'BRIEN

Injury and team hoist off the pitch bring an unusual close to Didier Drogba’s stint at the club

Cricket

Pakistan to keep home fires burning in one-day series

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali, right, and his Zimbabwe counterpart Elton Chigumbura, left, with sponsor Javed Afridi as they hold the one-day international trophy in Lahore on Monday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/AAMIR QURESHI

Pakistan have won 43 of the 48 one-day matches between the two sides with Zimbabwe winning three while one match ended in a tie and another had no result

Other Sport

Mercedes apologise for Hamilton pit blunder in Monaco

German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Mercedes AMG GP celebrates with the trophy during the podium ceremony after winning the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo circuit in Monaco on Sunday. Picture: EPA/YOAN VALAT

Mercedes team swift to apologise and commiserate with Lewis Hamilton, his fans, and the followers of Formula One after their tactical error deprived the world champion of a seemingly inevitable win

Soccer

Shakes upbeat ahead of Bafana’s Cosafa Cup clash

Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba arrives with the South African national team at OR Tambo International Airport on January 31.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES / LEFTY SHIVAMBU

SA are being careful not to underestimate their Southern African competition

Soccer

Walcott hat-trick secures decisive Arsenal victory

Arsenal’s English midfielder Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match against West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on Sunday. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Send-off ensures the Gunners will approach a record 19th FA Cup final appearance on Saturday against Aston Villa with confidence

Other Sport

Makabu ‘can take Drozd’s WBC title’

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Trainer Alex Mchunu tips Ilunga ‘Junior’ Makabu to win WBC cruiserweight title held by Grigory ‘Pretty Boy’ Drozd

Rugby

Bulls must beat Chiefs to secure home play-off spot

Pierre Spies.  File Picture: GALLO IMAGES, LEE WARREN

Pretoria side has indicated through captain Pierre Spies they have their eyes set on securing a home play-off spot

Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla during the men’s first round at the 2015 French Open in Paris on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS/JASON CAIRNDUFF

Federer advances despite French Open court invader

Roger Federer cruises into the French Open second round with win over Colombian ‘lucky loser’ Alejandro Falla

Other Sport

Greyville punters can expect a Legislate-Futura blockbuster

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Legislate will be on a reputation-redeeming mission in the Gold Challenge

Soccer

Sono loves being ‘the dark horse who is written off’

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After a 2-0 defeat to Black Leopards in their opening play-off match, Cosmos bounces back in fine style

Soccer

Platini backs Jordanian to unseat Blatter in race for Fifa president

Michel Platini. Picture: AFP PHOTO/KAREN MINASYAN

UEFA president Michel Platini stands firm behind Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein to unseat Sepp Blatter in this week’s Fifa presidency vote

Other Sport

Hamilton skips Monaco festivities

Lewis Hamilton. Picture: REUTERS/STEFANO RELLANDINI

Lewis Hamilton steers clear of Côte d’Azur festivities after Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s victory

Columnists

Bismarck’s brilliant display and SA’s poor Super Rugby season is good news

Bismarck du Plessis. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Bismarck du Plessis’s performance against the Reds is his best of the year and proof of why the Springboks will always be a World Cup threat, writes Mark Keohane

Soccer

Bafana pay penalty and crash out of Cosafa Cup

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Like Zambia against Namibia earlier in the day‚ SA loses on penalties in their quarterfinal after being unable to score in the goalless 90 minutes

Soccer

Banyana set off on long road to Rio

First leg of the first-round tie will be followed next weekend by the return match in SA

Rugby

Senatla part of Stormers heavy artillery

UP AND RUNNING: Seabelo Senatla trains at Newlands on Thursday. He will earn his third Stormers cap when he plays tomorrow against the Rebels. Picture: ASHLEY VLOTMAN/GALLO IMAGES

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee picks all his heavy artillery to give team best chance of victory against dangerous Melbourne Rebels at Newlands

Soccer

Mobara plans to stay at Ajax ‘unless European club calls’

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A number of Ajax players have attracted interest from PSL rivals after their impressive campaign, but Mobara intends turning down offers should any local club come knocking

Other Sport

Lucic-Baroni bounces back after 13 years

Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni plays a shot during the women's first round of the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris on Sunday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PATRICK KOVARIK

One of tennis’s hottest properties in the 1990s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni gains impressive entry to French Open second round

Opinion & Analysis

More ruthless approach to referee efficiency required

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It is no surprise that there are only four referees from the southern hemisphere at the Rugby World Cup — they are generally not good enough, writes Jonathan Kaplan

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