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Tinkler in dark, so Pirates go to Gabon in defensive mode

Eric Tinkler during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars at Orlando Stadium on April 08 in Soweto.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Finding reliable information on CAF Confederation Cup opponents FC Mounana proves to be a mission

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Djokovic, Nadal win as Swiss stars exit

Roger Federer’s interest in the Monte Carlo Masters ended on Thursday after losing to Gael Monfils. Picture: REUTERS

Nadal, bidding for a ninth title on the clay of the Country Club, tested by a dozen aces from John Isner

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Hamilton’s bubbly nature boils over

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on Sunday. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Chinese Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton draws ire over podium woman’s champagne shower


Sharks can down Bulls and still make play-offs, says upbeat Gold

Marcell Coetzee. Picture: STEVE HAAG/GALLO IMAGES

Bottleneck nature of the South African conference will probably only allow one participant to get through to the play-offs

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Eyes on thoroughbred sale after early spike


While there will be some overseas interest mainly due to the plummeting rand, it is the country’s high rollers who will come under the spotlight


Wheels come off for Sundowns

DEEP PAIN: Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise during the Absa Premiership match against Bloemfontein Celtic at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday night. Picture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES

Soccer fraternity stunned as Celtic give Pitso Mosimane’s men a 5-0 drubbing in their own backyard

Schalk Burger. Picuter: EPA/WU HONG

Back from near-death, the incredible Schalk Burger earns comeback of the year

Schalk Burger, back in form after a bout of deadly bacterial meningitis, in Shanghai to accept award at the Laureus World Sports Awards


Khune case over his Twitter rant will plot a course through uncharted waters

Mninawa Ntloko asks if clubs have policies on Twitter and other social networking sites

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Federer clinches win and Nadal fixes his game

Roger Federer. Picture: REUTERS/ERIC GAILLARD

Second seed Roger Federer dispenses with Frenchman Jeremy Chardy as fellow Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka beats Argentine challenger at Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco


Pirates head off for a torrid spell in continental soccer competition

Eric Tinkler. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DUIF DU TOIT

Bucs next face Gabonese club FC Mounana away in the CAF Confederation Cup first-leg, second-round clash on Sunday


Careful Chiefs not counting chickens

Doctor Khumalo. Picture:  GALLO IMAGES/ANESH DEBIKY

Assistant coach Doctor Khumalo is cautious despite Amakhosi’s 13-point lead over second-placed Sundowns


Kirsten has to show his mettle as Daredevils play dice with disaster

Gary Kirstin. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DUIF DU TOIT

A professional sportsman’s confidence is fragile beyond the comprehension of most people in ‘normal’ jobs


AmaZulu wary of City hurdle in battle for survival

Polokwane City's Puleng Tlolane. Picture: PETRI OESCHGER/GALLO IMAGES

AmaZulu, who are last on the log, are far harder to defeat than their lowly position suggests, for they have lost only one of their past six league matches


By hook or crook Chippa must beat Swallows, says coach

Mich d’Avray. Picture: GERHARD STEENKAMP

Mich d’Avray returns as caretaker coach of Chippa United when the team host Moroka Swallows in key Premier Soccer League outing for both clubs


Downs hope for fair Aces rematch

Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns and Lehlohonolo Nonyane of Black Aces during the Absa Premiership match between Black Aces and Mamelodi Sundowns at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DIRK KOTZE

Mamelodi Sundowns return to Mbombela Stadium, scene of heartache for coach Pitso Mosimane and his men after a league draw against Mpumalanga Black Aces

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Schoeman clinches 50m butterfly at SA championships

VICTORY: Roland Schoeman in the 50m butterfly during day 1 of the 2015 South African National Aquatic Championships at Kings Park Swimming Pool in Durban on Tuesday. Picture: STEVE HAAG/GALLO IMAGES

Roland Schoeman blows away competition to win 50m butterfly at SA championships in Durban on Tuesday

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Djokovic feels ‘at home’ on Monaco clay

GREAT START: Novak Djokovic got his clay-court season off to a winning start, beating Albert Ramos  Vinolas at the Monte-Carlo Masters tournament on Tuesday. Picture: EPA

Locally based world No1 Novak Djokovic pleased with second-round defeat of Albert Ramos-Vinolas


PSG upbeat ahead of clash against Barca


Memories of agonising Champions League exits in last two seasons will spur Paris Saint-Germain on when they host Barcelona in first leg of quarterfinal


Sharks have backs to the wall against Bulls


Sharks are on their last Super Rugby legs, and defeat against Bulls on Saturday at King’s Park will reduce their campaign to an academic one


Drotske to rest Le Roux when Cheetahs meet Reds in Bloem

THE X FACTOR: Willie le Roux trains with the Springbok squad at Northwood High School on Wednesday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

There will be no Willie le Roux versus Karmichael Hunt showdown in Bloemfontein this weekend


Notshe’s chance to notch up his fourth Super cap

Sikhumbuzo Notshe. Picture: LUKE WALKER/GALLO IMAGES

Stormers flank Sikhumbuzo Notshe called up for duty as a replacement for injured Michael Rhodes

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Brown breaks SA’s longest standing swimming record

Myles Brown after the men's 400m freestyle on the first day of the 2015 South African National Aquatic Championships at Kings Park Swimming Pool on Monday in Durban. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Myles Brown’s main focus now is to continue his form and do well at the world champs and prepare for Russia


Celtic counting months before return to ‘slaughterhouse’

Khumbulani Konco. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/CHARLE LOMBARD

Seisa Ramabodu Stadium beckons from the heart of Bloemfontein Celtic’s supporter base

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De Kock’s Mubtaahij heads to Kentucky Derby


Racing expert Pat Cummings writes that Mubtaahij will have ‘no problem’ with the sand track at Churchill Downs


United fight back to trounce City in Manchester derby

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, top, Juan Mata, left and Ander Herrera celebrate the team’s second goal against City with scorer Marouane Fellaini at Old Trafford on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS

While they retain a five-point lead over fifth-place Southampton, Liverpool can close to within four points by beating Newcastle United on Monday

Milorad Mazic. Picture: EPA/JUAN JO MARTIN

Suarez and Miranda risk penalty for criticising referee

European champions have now failed to score in all four visits to the Calderon this season

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Yearling sales suddenly become a prize fight, with a late entry

Jockey and horse. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Cape Thoroughbred Sales has rocked the boat with a 123-lot select yearling sale just three days before the hammer is raised at the Thoroughbred Breeders Association


‘Big head’ has to roll, says Klopp

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp speaks at a news conference in Dortmund on Wednesday, where he announced he is leaving the German club. Picture: REUTERS

Coach Juergen Klopp bows out Borussia Dortmund despite a contract supposed to last until 2018


Allan Donald steps down as SA bowling coach

Allan Donald. Picture: GALLO IMAGES / ANESH DIBIKY

Allan Donald steps down as bowling coach of SA, confirming his departure after four years in role


Khune contrite but PSL probes Twitter rant

The Premier Soccer League on Monday gave Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune five days to explain his complaint about refereeing after he was sent off in a match against AmaZulu. File picture: ANESH DEBIKY/GALLO IMAGES

Despite Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune’s retraction after outburst against ref rules still have to be followed, says PSL

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Injury-hit Prinsloo set on getting her times

Karin Prinsloo after winning the 100m women's freestyle event at the South African National Aquatic Championships and Commonwealth Trials at Kings Park Pool  in Durban. File picture: GALLO IMAGES/ANESH DEBIKY

Swimmer Karin Prinsloo heads into the national championships in Durban undercooked but determined


Reds use rest day to put Soweto youngsters through their paces

James O’Connor. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Scramble for boots as ten Reds players hold a coaching clinic for children aged four to 17 in Soweto


Getting past Ajax is key for Wits in journey to Cup final

Wits coach Gavin Hunt during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Free State Stars in Johannesburg on November 22 2014. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Gavin Hunt has become a master at leading his teams through the knockout stages


Cameroon only tough one for Bafana

Coach Shakes Mashaba talks to Bafana Bafana's players at a  training session at Orlando Stadium on Monday  in Johannesburg. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ DUIF DU TOIT

Africa Cup of Nations draw smiles on Mashaba’s team, but he warns of Gambia and Mauritania ‘banana peels’


Baxter says his absence will not deter Chiefs

Mbulelo Mabizela of AmaZulu will play a key role in the Absa Premiership game against Kaizer Chiefs at Peter Mokaba Stadium tonight. File Picture: ANESH DEBIKY/GALLO IMAGES

Any match-up between the top and bottom teams in a league with six matches to go will be crucial

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Schoeman free to fly without Le Clos

IN THE SWIM: Second-placed Chad le Clos, right, and Roland Schoeman, winner of the men’s 50m butterfly, at the South African National Aquatic Championships at the Newton Park Swimming Pool in Port Elizabeth on Thursday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

The 34-year-old Roland Schoeman will be the favourite in the 50m fly and 50m freestyle at the national championships, where he first achieved world-class times in 1999


Lions must be wary of wounded Sharks

Johan Ackermann, right, and Warren Whiteley during the Emirates Lions training session and press conference at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Wednesday.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DUIF DU TOIT

A team with quality players wanting to bounce back must be respected, says coach Johan Ackermann


AmaTuks prefer backyard to crowds


Coach wants full home advantage to boost their top-eight ambitions in first clash against Kaizer Chiefs at Tuks Stadium


Losing to Kaizer Chiefs not a bad thing, says AmaZulu’s Van Heerden

AmaZulu leftback Marc van Heerden says their fate is still in their own hands. File Picture: ANESH DEBIKY/GALLO IMAGES

AmaZulu were on a five-match unbeaten streak but beating Chiefs at home proves to be an insurmountable task

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