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Fikile Mbalula.  Picture: SOWETAN

Those who oppose transformation in sport ‘lack God’, says Mbalula

All peace-loving people in SA who want to see development, ‘understand the need for transformation’, and the government will not give in to threats

Soccer

Team spirit was the key, says captain Morgan

IN HARMONY: Leicester captain Wes Morgan, second left, celebrates with teammates Shinji Okazaki, Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater after scoring against Southampton last month. Picture: REUTERS/DARREN STAPLES

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan hails indomitable team spirit that secures phenomenal English Premier League title success

Rugby

Contestable kicks: how to put them to good use

DANGEROUS LANDING: Bernard Foley, top, and Leolin Zas in a tangle last Saturday that resulted in a red card for Zas. Picture: CHRIS RICCO/BACKPAGEPIX

The recent slew of red cards for dangerous kicks should not deter teams from deploying the high ball

Rugby

April’s long walk to Super Rugby

Garth April. Picture: BACKPIX/MUZI NTOMBELA

Garth April overcomes an uphill struggle and some controversy to surface in peak form at the Sharks

Rugby

On-fire Hougaard boosts Blitzboks

Francois Hougaard. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/MALCOLM COUZENS

Dynamic scrumhalf Francois Hougaard eligible for selection for the Paris and London legs of the HSBC World Sevens Series

Cricket

Proteas plunge from one to six in three months

Linda Zondi. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN

The rude reality of Protea’s crash from No 1 to sixth confirms what cricket-minded South Africans have known for months

Soccer

Bale seeks to seal revival on biggest stage

SKILL: Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale will face Manchester City on Tuesday in the Uefa Champions League semifinal. Picture: REUTERS/VINCENT WEST

For the first time ever Welshman Gareth Bale stamps his authority on Real Madrid

Rugby

Groom goes from Stormer to Saint

ON HIS WAY: Nic Groom is off to Northampton after a lifetime of rugby in the Mother City. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX/CHRIS RICCO

Cape Town native Nic Groom looks to Northampton Saints to take his career to the next level

Cricket

Tendulkar a Games emissary after fury

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar (centre) was named on Tuesday  as one of India's goodwill ambassadors for the Rio Olympics. Picture: AFP PHOTO/CHANDAN KHANNA

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar takes over after an uproar over the selection of Bollywood star Salman Khan as India's goodwill ambassador at the Rio Olympics

Other Sport

SCA hears Hewitt’s sentence appeal

Bob Hewitt. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Judge asks Bob Hewitt’s counsel how the rape of a child cannot be considered one of the worst offences during sentence appeal hearing

Soccer

Mosimane cannot wait to take title

COUNTDOWN:  Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane celebrates his side’s victory over Kaizer Chiefs at the weekend. Picture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES

Sundowns are set to be crowned champions if they beat second from bottom University of Pretoria away

Opinion

The in-house joker finally gets tired of firing his coaches

No one could believe it: Chippa Mpengesi finally stopped United’s revolving door at coach Dan Malesela

Participants talk before the start of the World Anti-Doping Agency symposium for Anti-Doping Organisations in Lausanne. Picture: REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE

Wada suspends Africa’s only anti-doping laboratory

Laboratory says it will not appeal the suspension because the shutdown was planned with the World Anti-Doping Agency to allow time to upgrade equipment

Opinion

Tough task getting to the bottom of Proteas’ World Cup failures

South Africa’s professional cricketers have played their entire careers within an accidental, but systemic atmosphere of suspicion, mistrust and denial

Cricket

Anyone left flying the flag for SA in Indian league?

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With three top players out this could be the most underwhelming Indian Premier League of the lot for South Africans

Rugby

Lambie return to give Sharks confidence

Patrick Lambie during the Cell C Sharks training session at Growthpoint Kings Park Stadium in Durban. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVEN HAAG

Gary Gold has to find a way to phase in the 50-capped Springbok without disturbing the team’s synergy

Other Sport

Engine-hit Hamilton incurs ire of stewards

British Formula One driver Lewis HamiltonPicture: EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

Briton Lewis Hamilton collects his second reprimand of the season at the Russian Grand Prix

Other Sport

Legal Eagle hits R5.8m earnings

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Owner Steinhoff boss Markus Jooste and trainer must decide where next to unleash four-year-old Legal Eagle

Other Sport

Raonic in top 10

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Canadian Milos Raonic returns to world’s top 10 in the latest ATP rankings

Sport

Former Springboks skipper and coach Nelie Smith dies

Picture: Dr. Craven greets Bok coach,  Nelie   Smith (right)  on return from South America. 1980. Picture: © JOHNCOM

‘His rugby knowledge was massive and touched the lives of thousands of players over the many years he coached,’ says Saru president Oregan Hoskins

Other Sport

Murray says Djokovic can be beaten as big four reunite in Madrid

IMPRESSIVE COMEBACK: Novak Djokovic, left, of Serbia stands next to Andy Murray of BritaIn during the trophy presentation after their men's singles finals at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament on Sunday.  Picture: REUTERS

Djokovic returns to Madrid Masters for first time in three years, aiming to forget his blip at Monte Carlo Masters

Soccer

UEFA suspends Liverpool defender for failed drugs test

Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho (R) celebrating with Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England. Picture: AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

Mamadou Sakho out of the game for 30-days after testing positive for a fat burner. He claims not to have known the composition of a weight-loss supplement.

Cricket

Kaushik is another frog in the blender just like Gogga

TOPSY-TURVY:  Gujarat Lions bowler Shivil Kaushik in action against the Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PUNIT PARANJPE

India’s Shivil Kaushik emerges as the proud heir to the South African spinner’s ‘frog-in-a-blender’ action

Soccer

In-form Chiefs can still have a say in title race

HOLD UP:  Willard Katsande, left, of Chiefs grabs Sundowns’ Khama Billet with Reneilwe Letsholonyane looking on when the teams played out a goalless draw in January. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ASHLEY VLOTMAN

Amakhosi ready for Mamelodi Sundowns after leaving barren run in the dust

Other Sport

‘Administrative error’ leads to British cyclist’s drug test failure

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Australian team doctor failed to apply for therapeutic use exemption for Simon Yates’ medication for documented asthma problems

Soccer

Hlanti and Wits train sights on log leaders Sundowns

Sifiso Hlanti, in white. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX/SYDNEY MAHLANGU

Coach confirms fullback Sifiso Hlanti has signed a long-term deal with Sturrock Park-based Wits

Rugby

Cheetahs on mission to outrun Reds in Brisbane

Fred Zeilinga. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

After a tough three-leg haul home the Reds are unlikely to be as sprightly as they were against the Stormers

Rugby

Bok centres out to storm Waratahs

Juan de Jongh. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ASHLEY VLOTMAN

Bok centres Damian de Allende and Juan de Jongh unite for the first time this season to take on the Australians

Rugby

Hurricane debut for Lions rookie Scholtz

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Young blood Pieter Scholtz makes his Super Rugby debut in the starting line-up against the Hurricanes

Other Sport

Eagle at eighth puts Otto in orbit

Hennie Otto of South Africa plays a shot during the first round of the Volvo China Open golf tournament in Beijing on Thursday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/WANG ZHAO

South African Hennie Otto thrilled with his performance and winning a Swedish car in China

Sport

Cabinet supports Mbalula’s ruling on hosting sports events

Fikile Mbalula. Picture: SOWETAN

Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula said this week that certain sporting codes were banned from hosting international events as they had missed transformation targets

Soccer

Ajax hold Sundowns to give Wits hope

TUSSLE: Ajax Cape Town’s Prince Nxumalo, left, and Bangaly Soumahoro of Mamelodi Sundowns battle for possession during Wednesday’s goalless draw at the Athlone Stadium. Picture: CHRIS RICCO/BACKPAGEPIX

Mamelodi Sundowns inches up to 59 points, while Wits sit on 55, with the two frontrunners still to go head-to-head next month

Cricket

Aussies to swoop for ‘White Lightning’?

PROJECT YORKER: Allan Donald addresses the Proteas’ press conference at SuperSport Park in Pretoria on Wednesday. Donald says he is working on helping his bowlers to become experts at delivering ‘toe-crushers’. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

South African fast bowling great Allan Donald will join Australia as bowling coach for their tour of Sri Lanka this year

Mervin Green, general manager of the strategic performance management department of Saru. Picture: GRANT PITCHER/GALLO IMAGES

SA Rugby gags black official with spokesman Roux ‘away’

Irony seems lost on SA Rugby that on the issue of transformation, it is gagging highly qualified black official driving its plan. It prefers to articulate its policy from a white perspective

Other Sport

Rio dismisses Olympic doubts for 100-day countdown event

TORCH BEARER: Three-time gold Olympic weightlifting medallist Pyrros Dimas holds the Olympic flame atop the Acropolis hill in Athens on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS

While the Brazilian government and International Olympic Committee insist there is no turning back from the road to Rio, storm clouds remain, both at home and abroad

Other Sport

Hamilton hunts Russian hat-trick

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

Briton will work hard to deny his German rival a seventh successive win and fourth of the sport’s longest season yet

Rugby

Stormers back to full strength for Waratahs clash

Rynhardt Elstadt. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ASHLEY VLOTMAN

Coach Robbie Fleck says several top players were ill during ‘one of the hardest weeks of his career’

Soccer

Fit-again Faty finds his shooting boots to boost Wits

Soccer ball. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Returned-to-form Burundian proclaims his return with two surgical goals against SuperSport United

Other Sport

Limpopo tournament features global title fights

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Four boxing super powers come together in one historic tournament

Soccer

City need leap of faith against Real

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. Picture: REUTERS

City’s recent form has been on the rise, if a little late to stop the Premier League’s fairytale title hunters Leicester City, while Real have been almost unstoppable

Cricket

Why De Kock’s century never had a chance of matching Kohli’s ton

BIG FUSS: Virat Kohli, left, celebrates his unbeaten century on Sunday that sent the Indian media into a frenzy, while Quinton de Kock’s ton a week earlier went almost unnoticed. Pictures: AFP PHOTO/PUNIT PARANJPE

India’s Test captain Virat Kohli is a giant of the game in India while Quinton De Kock is climbing the career beanstalk

Cricket

SA bowling great Allan Donald keen on full-time job with Australia

Former South African cricketer Allan Donald. Picture: SHAUN ROY/GALLO IMAGES

Former fast bowler Donald named as temporary bowling coach for Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka after Craid McDermott stepped down

Opinion

Hope for no dropped catches as wise men of cricket decide future of Tests

The domestic leagues will all get stronger because that is where the advertisers would rather put their money

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