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Springbok coach Allister Coetzee plays with a ball during the rugby Test match between New Zealand and SA in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MARTY MELVILLE

History at Loftus backs the Boks against Wallabies

After losing three of their four Rugby Championship matches and four of seven Tests this season‚ the Boks are on the ropes for Saturday’s clash against Australia

Other Sport

Golf great Arnold Palmer dies at 87

BIG THREE:  Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus, left, Arnold Palmer, middle, and Gary Player on the first tee after ceremonially opening the first round of the Augusta Masters in Georgia, US, on Thursday. Picture: EPA/TANNEN MAURY

Palmer captured seven major tournaments during his illustrious career, taking The Masters four times, the British Open twice and the US Open once

Cricket

Bavuma stands tall with debut century

LITTLE MAN, BIG RUNS:  Temba Bavuma celebrates his century against Ireland on Sunday. It was the South African  batsman’s one-day international debut. Picture: LEE WARREN/GALLO IMAGES

Proteas brush Ireland aside in lopsided win

Rugby

Fleck backs coaches’ indaba to refocus SA rugby style

Robbie Fleck (Interim Coach)  during the DHL Stormers press conference at High Performance Centre, Bellville on January 19, 2016 in Cape Town. Picture: GRANT PITCHER/GALLO IMAGES

Fleck believes SA Rugby needs to find an identity that every franchise will work to fine tune

Soccer

Downs underestimate Zamalek at their peril

Picture: THE TIMES

Mosimane said hosting the first leg of the final at home was no disadvantage

Opinion

I would give anything to see Sundowns triumph

This man from the rolling hills of Tsomo will celebrate more than the Brazilians’ staunchest supporters should Sundowns defy the odds and win this year’s African Champions League, writes Mninawa Ntloko

Other Sport

Love may regret his ‘best ever’ comment

Davis Love. Picture: USA TODAY

Remarks hardly help the American cause as the hosts seek to avoid losing for the ninth time in the past 11 meetings

Rugby

New Zealand fought a lone battle on Super Rugby revamp, says Steve Tew

Picture: THINKSTOCK

The country’s rugby boss says SA and Australia are blocking efforts to change the 18-team tournament’s cumbersome format

Soccer

United look for reprieve at home against Leicester

PILING UP:  Jose Mourinho, right, watches Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo, top, and Wayne Rooney in action against Northampton’s Sam Hoskins. Mourinho and Rooney are both under pressure to deliver when United host champions Leicester on Saturday. Picture: REUTERS

Manager Jose Mourinho hopes his side can regain some of their lost momentum against Leicester, as well as Russian side FC Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League and Stoke City

Cricket

Ireland expected to put up a bit of a fight against SA

Picture: THINKSTOCK

We’ll only find out on Sunday just how good Ireland really are, but they have a knack for winning when least expected to as their past record shows

FLYING FINISH:  Brad Binder salutes the crowd after winning Sunday’s Moto3 race in Le Mans. Picture: AFP PHOTO/CHARLY TRIBALLEAU

Binder becomes the king of Moto3

Italian Bastianini led until the final corner, but was swamped by Navarro and Binder

Opinion

The transformation quagmire

Was it necessary to point out that Phehlukwayo’s selection was on merit?

Cricket

Kiwis on the ropes as India close in on big victory

India's Ravichandran Ashwin fields against New Zealand at Green Park Stadium, Kanpur, India, on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS/DANISH SIDDIQUI

India set New Zealand an improbable 434-run victory target and then blew away the visitors’ top order

Other Sport

Ryder Cup: brief history

Picture: REUTERS

Four facts about the Ryder Cup ahead of the 41st edition of the biennial golf matches between Europe and the US:

Rugby

No one can catch the Cheetahs in jostle for Currie Cup semis

Oupa Mohoje. Picture: BACKPAGE PIX/GAVIN BARKER

The Cheetahs’ 52-10 win against the Pumas places the Free State side at the top of the Currie Cup log in the round-robin stages

Cricket

Bavuma can make mark in one-dayers

PICTURE: GALLO IMAGES

Temba Bavuma is set to make his one-day international debut opening the batting for the Proteas against Ireland on Sunday

Soccer

Park the bus in Atteridgeville at your peril, warns Sundowns' Pitso Mosimane

ON POINT: Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX/SAMUEL SHIVAMBU

Sundowns play the Zambians in the second-leg semifinal of the CAF Champions League on Saturday

Rugby

De Jongh and Bongi parachuted in by WP

Bongi Mbonambi. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/SHAUN ROY

Western Province coach John Dobson puts Juan de Jongh and Bok hooker Bongi Mbonambi straight into starting lineup for crucial match

Rugby

Springbok coaching job a poisoned chalice, says Hoskins

Saru president Oregan Hoskins. Picture: MARK WESSELS

Former SA Rugby president Hoskins says that rugby is at a crossroads and that it needs urgent intervention

Muhsin Ertugral. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Ertugral says sorry to fans

Ertugral embarrassed by the football Orlando Pirates produced in their flat 0-0 Premier Soccer League draw against Cape Town City at Orlando Stadium

Rugby

Will rugby coaches indaba be just another public relations exercise?

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Is SA Rugby’s call for coaches indaba a step to save ailing Springboks or just another public relations exercise ploy to be seen to doing something?

Other Sport

Delpech to partner Smart Call in UK debut

Picture: ISTOCK

Anthony Delpech has ridden some champion racehorses in his career

Soccer

Derby a chance to revive rivalry

John Comitis. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX/AUBREY KGAKATSI

The revival of the Cape Town City brand offers the opportunity to rekindled an old rivalry

Rugby

Pat Lambie and Willie Roux in Bok squad

Patrick Lambie. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Lambie named in the 31-member squad to face the Wallabies and the All Blacks after 13 weeks working through World Rugby’s concussion protocols

Soccer

Rooney’s place at risk as United toil

Picture: THINKSTOCK

There's a clamour for United boss Jose Mourinho to drop Wayne Rooney from the starting line-up to stem losses

Other Sport

Day has his eyes on PGA Tour prize despite back injury

Picture: REUTERS

Jason Day aims high after his return from a back injury, including a shot at Player of the Year honours

Opinion

Didata will not shop for points to stay on world tour, says Ryder

Douglas Ryder. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

SA’s top cycling team will not be buying riders to fulfil the sporting criterion quota to secure 2017 circuit slot

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