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Adriaan Strauss. Picture: JASON MCCAWLEY/GETTY IMAGES

Squeaky clean Strauss perfect for Bok leader

Former players and coaches gave their nod of approval, following Coetzee’s announcement Strauss would be the man to take charge on the field

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Players blast French Open over rain play

Agnieszka Radwanska. Picture: REUTERS

They were the only two matches completed in the two hours play possible by early Tuesday evening after the tournament had suffered its first complete washout in 16 years on Monday

Cricket

SA may still play pink ball Test

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Cricket Australia said on tickets for the summer are on sale

Other Sport

One-arm wildcard stuns top surfers

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US surfer Bethany Hamilton seals third place in the Fiji Women’s Pro, after beating some of the world’s best to make the semifinals

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Life imitates art for Rocky pugilist

DREAM COME TRUE: Tony Bellew celebrates his victory over Ilunga Makabu to win the WBC cruiserweight title. Picture: REUTERS

Boxer Tony Bellew’s WBC world cruiserweight triumph over Ilunga Makabu last weekend could have been forgiven for getting a nagging sense of déjà vu

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Old foes in opposite corners in Super Four fight series

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Years ago, trainer Harold Volbrecht was denied the chance to mastermind the demise of Joey Gamache, then a boxer, but he gets a second crack later this month

Soccer

Premier Soccer League clubs chill out for longer than usual

Ajax Cape Town celebrate their win during the MTN8 Final match against Kaizer Chiefs at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday in Port Elizabeth. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/RICHARD HUGGARD

It’s time for Premier Soccer League clubs to relax and recharge batteries after long season

Soccer

From goalkeeper to goal poacher, Kane has always stood out

Tottenham's Harry Kane. Picture: REUTERS

Kane heads to Euro 2016 established as one of Premier League’s most feared forwards and key figure for his country

Soccer

Cosafa list points to squad for Games

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South African Footbal Association must submit second provisional list of 35 players to Fifa for squad to go to Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Soccer

Aces sale does not bar Mother City move, says Comitis

John Comitis. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Worst kept secret in South African football is revealed this week, Aces owners confirm sale of club to consortium fronted by former Ajax Cape Town shareholder Comitis

Soccer

Mhlongo’s patience for Bafana spot pays off

Brighton Mhlongo. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Mhlongo believed he would one day represent SA at senior level and worked hard behind the scenes to make his dream come true

Soccer

French town’s fertile football greenhouse

BALL CONTROL: Manchester United’s new striker, Anthony Martial, waltzes past Lee Cattermole of Sunderland last weekend. Martial has scored four goals in his first five games for the Red Devils. Picture: AFP

Martial hails from same club as Henry and Evra

Rugby

New Springbok captain Strauss has paid his dues, says Coetzee

SKIPPER:  Adriaan Strauss during the Springbok training session in Stellenbosch on Monday. Strauss will captain the Boks in the three upcoming Tests against Ireland. Picture: ASHLEY VLOTMAN/GALLO IMAGES

Adriaan Strauss is one of only four players in the 31-man squad with more than a half-century of caps

Opinion

Mpumalanga players, supporters and staff face uncertain future

Players and club personnel do not know if they are in the new owner’s plans and, more pertinently, whether he intends to retain their services

Cricket

Cook joins cricket’s 10,000-run club

Alastair Cook. Picture: REUTERS/JASON CARINDUFF

England captain Alastair Cook becomes the first Englishman and only 12th player overall to score 10,000 Test runs

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Winner Gatebe repays his family for their support

David Gatebe runs during the 2016 Comrades Marathon in Kwa-Zulu Natal  on Saturday. Picture: BACKPAGE PIX/MUZI NTOMBELA

Comrades Marathon champion David Gatebe obliterates Leonid Shvetzov’s nine-year record

Rugby

Ackermann to guide fringe Boks

REWARDED:  Johan Ackermann will swop his Lions coaching cap for that of the SA A team. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX

The Lions coach takes charge of the SA A side as they get a taste of international rugby against England Saxons

Shakes Mashaba. Picture: SYDNEY MAHLANGU/BACKPAGEPIX

Bafana hope Gambia attacks

Bafana have released leftback Thabo Matlaba, who has a personal matter to attend to

Opinion

Proteas can enjoy the islands without being topic for review panel

‘The inherent insecurity among SA’s cricketers makes them exceptionally challenging interviewees who would prefer to say nothing than risk a political fallout’

Cricket

A question not to be stumped by

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Trinidadian Steven Katwaroo mans the stumps for SA in their warm-up match against West Indian Cricket Board XI

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Strydom to saddle It’s My Turn in Durban July

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It’s My Turn’s July odds are slightly longer than stable mate Bela-Bela, who won many friends with her top-class display in grade 1 Woolavington 2000

Health

Delaying Rio Games would give "false security" on Zika, says WHO panel head

Zika. Picture: REUTERS/JOSHUE DECAVELE

David Heymann says extensive travel in a globalised world is the issue, not the Games that start on August 5

Soccer

Da Gama hopes Pieterse will keep February alert

Reyaad Pieterse. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ANESH DEBIKY

Squad is made up of players 23 years or younger, Da Gama says ‘We want to build a strong team and the over-age guys will complement the players we have’

Rugby

Strauss selected to lead Boks in home series against Ireland

Adriaan Strauss. Picture: JASON MCCAWLEY/GETTY IMAGES

Bulls player Adriaan Strauss succeeds veteran centre Jean de Villiers, in a 31-man squad that includes 12 black players

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South African runners take Comrades

ELATION: Charné Bosman breaks the tape at Sunday’s Comrades in a time of 6:25:55. Picture: ANESH DEBIKY/GALLO IMAGES

David Gatebe and Charné Bosman hold the South African flag high with their wins in the Comrades Marathon

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Murray dispatches Isner to reach last eight

DEMOLITION: Andy  Murray on his way  to victory over  France's Kenny de  Schepper in Perth  on Monday.  Picture: EPA

Andy Murray, who has eyes fixed firmly on a first title at Roland Garros, advances to quarter-finals of French Open with clinical win over American John Isner

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Hamilton finally ends wait for win after Ricciardo pit bungle

CATCH UP:  Lewis Hamilton looks relaxed, but he is likely to be revved up come the weekend. Picture: REUTERS/ALY SONG

World champion Lewis Hamilton secures an unexpected and skilful victory for Mercedes in an incident-filled Monaco Grand Prix

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Murray and Wawrinka work way into quarters

Andy Murray serves. Picture: REUTERS

Second seed Andy Murray reaches French Open quarterfinals for the sixth time, while defending champion Stan Wawrinka also moved into the quarterfinals

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Rowers hit choppy waters at Lucerne event

PODIUM PLACE: SA’s Ursula Grobler, left, and Kirsten McCann on their way to winning bronze in Lucerne on Sunday. Picture: EPA

Only two of four crews make the podium at the second World Cup event in Lucerne, Switzerland

Rugby

Coetzee’s Bok picks limp into camp

Allister Coetzee, during the Springboks squad announcement at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday. Picture: RYAN WILKISKY/BACKPAGEPIX

Majority of the newly selected Springbok squad limps into Stellenbosch on Sunday after some physical Super Rugby clashes at the weekend

Rugby

Lions and Crusaders set pace in Super Rugby groups

ONE-TWO: Nigel Ah Wong goes over for one of his two tries for the Brumbies. Picture: EPA

Lions win a vital away game to take charge of their SA conference as the Crusaders edge clear in the New Zealand league with three rounds left in Super Rugby

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Fans rejoice as Sibiya secures belt

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Koos Sibiya thrills fans in Klerksdorp by winning the vacant ABU belt against Namibian Samuel Kapapu

Other Sport

Burns earns third weight title to make Scots history

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Ricky Burns becomes three-weight world champion by stopping Italian Michele Di Rocco in the eighth round to claim WBA super-lightweight belt

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Gatebe shatters Comrades record

David Gatebe, winner of the 2016 Comrades Marathon on Sunday in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Picture: MUZI NTOMBELA/BACKPAGE PIX

David Gatebe broke the previous record of 5.24.05 set by Russian Leonid Shvetsov in 2007 by almost two minutes

Soccer

Ronaldo rests to show the ‘jealous’ who’s best

ON SONG: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his third goal to put Real Madrid into the Champions League semifinals. Picture: REUTERS

Cristiano Ronaldo will not play for Portugal in its pre-European Championship friendly against England as he rests from his third Champions League triumph

Rugby

Squad of 31 ushers in new era of Springbok rugby

Allister Coetzee faces many hurdles as coach of the Springboks. Picture: SYDNEY MAHLANGU/ BACKPAGEPIX

Several players were not available for selection for the Springbok squads because of injuries or Springbok Sevens commitments

Rugby

Coetzee’s chance to buck the trend

Allister Coetzee. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will need to be bold, even brave, in his first squad to face Ireland

Rugby

Bulls and Lions players seek Bok nod

SQUAD HOPES:  Bongi Mbonambi’s fine form for the Stormers could see him called up for Springbok duty. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ASHLEY VLOTMAN

Huge match-ups will double as a last-minute trial to impress Bok coach Allister Coetzee before he announces the Test squad against Ireland

Soccer

Tinkler banking on Cup win to keep job

RIVALS: Kaitano Tembo, left, and Eric Tinkler shake on it ahead of the Cup final. Picture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES

Coach Eric Tinkler will draw on valuable lessons from his past in knockout competitions as he goes into the Nedbank Cup final

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Ferrari not feeling pressure, says Vettel

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives during the a practice session at the Monaco street circuit, in Monaco on Thursday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

Bold words from four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel after rolling in ninth at Monaco street circuit practice session

Rugby

Fleck’s men have little time to rest ahead of Tests

LUCKY BREAK: Leolin Zas of the Stormers heads for the Cheetahs tryline at Newlands on Saturday. Picture: RYAN WILKISKY/BACKPAGEPIX

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck was hoping his players would be able to enjoy a 10-day break as Super Rugby goes into hibernation for a month

Khama Billiat. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Brilliant Billiat scoops three PSL awards

The Zimbabwean Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder notches up three of the PSL's top awards and R450,000 in prize money

Rugby

John Smit says goodbye to Sharks

John Smit.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Smit, who captained SA to Rugby World Cup triumph in 2007, says he is resigning to spend more time with his family

Soccer

Zidane factor steers Real to 11th Euro title

JUST FOR YOU, BOSS:  Zinedine Zidane gets the treatment from his victorious Real Madrid players after they beat Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Champions League final. Picture: REUTERS/KAI PFAFFENBACH

Cristiano Ronaldo nets the winning penalty in a shootout to cap Real’s remarkable turnaround

Soccer

Goalkeeper Pule dedicates cameo show to his late dad

Soccer ball. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Keeper Boalefa Pule uses his 20-minute stint to show he can deliver when United need him

Soccer

Tinkler waits to hear fate from Pirates bosses

REGRETS:  Eric Tinkler reacts  during the Nedbank Cup final between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates in Polokwane on Saturday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/FREDDIE SHIVAMBU

Eric Tinkler's fate in the hands of management after Bucs dash expectations of some silverware

Soccer

Baxter has still bigger dreams for United

Stuart Baxter. Pictures: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Stuart Baxter wants to build sustainable success for SuperSport United after clinching Nedbank Cup trophy

Opinion

Coetzee’s selections make good sense, as does his philosophy

Allister Coetzee has been logical in his selections, especially when it comes to local and overseas-based players

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