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Safa ‘asked Sexwale to withdraw from Fifa race’

Tokyo Sexwale confirmed his intention to run for the Fifa presidency after the football body red-carded Sepp Blatter and a number of other officials. Picture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES

Insider says Tokyo Sexwale was saved from an embarrassing exit after Safa decided to leave his fate in the hands of the Confederation of African Football

Cricket

Proteas bowlers need to step up

Imran Tahir. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

‘When you don’t bowl well and the opposition bat well, then you chase 400’, says Lance Klusener

Cricket

End of road for cricket Big Three

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The hostile takeover of world cricket’s finances by India, England and Australia in 2014 will be undone at the International Cricket Council’s June board meeting

Soccer

Teenager arrested in Pienaar racist abuse incident

Steven Pienaar. Picture: REUTERS/ANDREW YATES

An arrest has been made following the racial abuse of South African midfielder Steven Pienaar in an English FA Cup clash between Everton and Carlisle at the weekend

Rugby

Blitzboks focus on pool games as injuries hit

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There will be no complacency when the Blitzboks take on their pool opponents in the inaugural Sydney event this weekend

Soccer

Crunch time for intrepid Leicester

BRACE: Jamie Vardy, left, races to score his second in Leicester’s 2-0 win. Picture: REUTERS/DARREN STAPLES

Claudio Ranieri’s side now a ‘second club’ for fans looking for an alternative to mainstay Premier League clubs

Soccer

Hamann blasts English football

Pep Guardiola. Picture: AFP PHOTO/CHRISTOF STACHE

Crowds are boring, players overpaid and technique lacking, German star warns new City coach Guardiola

Soccer

Football fans back ‘warrior’ after racist chants

Kalidou Koulibaly. Picture: AFP/ ALBERTO PIZZOLI

Napoli fans rush to support African footballer taunted with monkey chants as Italy agonises over its racist culture that has made its football league notorious

Other Sport

New Predator favoured in historic Ruffel race

Horse Race Picture: ISTOCK

Jockey Gavin Lerena partners with rising star and likely favourite New Predator

Lebogang Shange in action in the 3000m walk during the Gauteng North League Athletics Meeting at the LC de Villiers Stadium in Pretoria in March last year.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/REG CALDECOTT

Shange lifts off for Olympics with super Australia walk

Lebogang Shange dreams of becoming the first black South African walker to win an Olympic medal at the Rio Games this year

Opinion

Glass has become half-empty since bubbly days of Bafana’s Africa Cup glory

Time for boardroom success to show where it matters most — on the pitch

Other Sport

Fury loses urge to carry on

UPSET: Tyson Fury celebrates winning the fight on Saturday. His unanimous points victory ended Klitschko’s run of 19 consecutive defences. Picture: REUTERS/LEE SMITH

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury aims to spend more time with his family than chase money

Cricket

Some positives from SA’s loss

South Africa's Quinton de Kock celebrates his half century during the first one day international cricket match against England in Bloemfontein on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS

These days, whether SA win or lose or even what kind of mood they’re in, seems dependent on a particular player

Rugby

Jantjies warns Lions Japanese are tough, quick and organised

Elton Jantjies. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/CARL FOURIE

To avoid tripping up in their Super Rugby opener, Lions should not take Japanese Sunwolves as lightly as Springboks did, says flyhalf Elton Jantjies

Soccer

Bucs scrap a win as Wits and Stars share spoils

HOT PURSUIT: Thandani Ntshumayelo of Pirates and Travis Graham of Ajax fight for possession during the match between Pirates and Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ LEFTY SHIVAMBU

It was a narrow win for the Buccaneers, who allowed Ajax back into the game after looking comfortably set when they went 2-0 ahead just after half-time

Soccer

Ferguson backs Uefa candidate

Alex Ferguson. Picture: REUTERS/ALY SONG

Former Manchester United manager, becomes the latest high-profile figure to support Gianni Infantino’s Fifa presidential bid

Opinion

Masters Champions League, where cricketers go for a fix and major money

Cricket SA’s bid to protect local game from marauding Middle East men with lots of money is a futile exercise

Soccer

United roar and Old Trafford finds its voice

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal waves to fans before the game at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

Jeered off by disgruntled supporters after a 1-0 defeat to Southampton in their previous home outing, Van Gaal made a tactical U-turn that left Old Trafford purring with delight

Other Sport

Renault returns with Magnussen at the wheel

Renault CE Carlos Ghosn (centre), Renault Formula One racing driver Kevin Magnussen of Denmark (right) and teammate Jolyon Palmer of Britain pose during the official presentation of the new Renault RS16 car at the company's research centre in Guyancourt, near Paris, France, on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/BENOIT TESSIER

French manufacturer unveils 2016 car on return to Formula One after taking over the Lotus team

Other Sport

Sibiya has final chance to prove himself

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Vacant WBF Africa title Koos Sibiya’s ‘last chance win anything before his career as a boxer is over’

Soccer

Van Gaal resorts to forward thrust in impressive win for Manchester United

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal walks off at half time at Manchester United versus Sheffield United at Old Trafford, the UK, on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS/JASON CAIRNDUFF

Signs of a tactical switch by Manchester United were evident in Friday’s 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round win at Derby County

Soccer

Safa to question Sexwale over weak Fifa push

Tokyo Sexwale. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

Safa seeking explanation for campaign tactics and progress after it backed bid for Fifa’s top job

Other Sport

Low water level favours Dusi race paddlers

Hank McGregor during the Dunlop Surf Ski World Cup in Durban in this file photo. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/JOHN HISHIN

Treacherously low water levels means the race will be a far more even contest for paddlers and runners

Rugby

Sharks seek answers against French sides

Keegan Daniel of the Sharks during the Super Rugby match. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Once again the Sharks have opted for an overseas preseason hit-out instead of facing their South African foes like other teams

Soccer

Clubs splurge to remain in Premiership

Oumar Niasse, left, has joined Everton from Lokomotiv Moscow for £13.5m. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

English football clubs take spending on players soaring past £1bn, while Man City stuns with signing of manager Pep Guardiola

Soccer

Schmeichel on Leicester surge

Soccer ball. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Foxes' level heads under pressure move team from battling relegation to leading race for English Premier League title

Soccer

Ajax’s Angola travel plans in limbo

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No fixed venue for African Confederation Cup tie yet, but Angolans reassure ‘they’ll take care f it’

Other Sport

McIlroy goes to second as Grace edges closer to top

Branden Grace. Picture: EPA/NOUSAHD THEKKAYIL

Branden Grace shows once again when in contention he’s very tough to beat

Rugby

New rugby laws promote attacking

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SA, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina Rugby confirm law variations three weeks before the Super Rugby tournament starts

PONDERING: Rory McIlroy is defending his Dubai Desert Classic title. Picture: REUTERS/PAUL CHLIDS

McIlroy is in Dubai but has Masters on his mind

World No 2 delighted to be back on a course where he has not finished outside top 10 in his past six starts

Other Sport

Midmar race director puts forward safety strokes

Tarquin Dennis, multicoloured cap, completes the Midmar Mile with friends and navy divers in honour of his brother Tristan, who went missing during an event on Saturday. Picture: ROGAN WARD

Midmar Mile this year will have stricter safety regulations despite the predicted low water levels

Soccer

Ranieri revels in Leicester charge

BRACE: Jamie Vardy, left, races to score his second in Leicester’s 2-0 win. Picture: REUTERS/DARREN STAPLES

Table toppers travel to City with confidence sky-high after impressive 2-0 win over Liverpool

Soccer

Crowd roars as Mokoena is unleashed

Lebogang Mokoena. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Mamelodi Sundowns supporters welcome cameo contribution from one of the country’s most popular players

Other Sport

Disappointed Delpech looks to be the jockey to follow at Vaal

Jockey and horse. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Rider Anthony Delpech will want to put winless Met behind him at Vaal

Cricket

Confident SA up against England’s unknowns

FOCUSED: AB de Villiers celebrates scoring his century in the fifth and final one-day international against India last year. The Proteas captain is aiming for another big knock on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS

Proteas to chase first one-day win in Bloemfontein

Soccer

Tricky matches for Downs and Chiefs

Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Free State Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/JOHAN RYNNERS

Mamelodi Sundowns host Chippa United Atteridgeville, while Kaizer Chiefs travel to Durban to take on Golden Arrows

Cricket

Rebuilding teams clash in one-day series

Picture: AFP

Five-match one-day series between two rebuilding teams, SA and England, starting in Bloemfontein

Rugby

Blitzboks beset by injury woes, but still top the log

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Injuries continue to plague Blitzboks after they were forced to call second replacement on the two-week Australasian leg of World Sevens Series

Other Sport

Banned cyclist to collect huge damages payout

Participants talk before the start of the World Anti-Doping Agency Symposium for Anti-Doping Organisations in Lausanne in this March 24 2015 file photo. Picture: REUTERS

Spanish government ordered to pay damages to former cyclist Roberto Heras for his reversed suspension for doping

Other Sport

Bolt from blue for Jobodwana

Anaso Jobodwana. Picture: AFP / OLIVIER MORIN

Sprinter Anaso Jobodwana named in South African team for the world indoor championships in the US

Opinion

Rikhotso’s vicious tackle was bad enough but the ref’s response was worse

Tshepo Rikhotso’s sickening tackle of Andrea Fileccia would have been more at home in a WWE wrestling ring than on a football field

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