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Cricket

Philander’s selection ‘was forced on Proteas for World Cup semi’

Vernon Philander. Picture: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE

Cricket SA’s forcible inclusion of Vernon Philander made captain AB de Villiers reluctant to play in the match, say sources

Cricket

Australia win fifth Cricket World Cup

Australia's teammates celebrate with the trophy after a victory against New Zealand during their 2015 Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne on Sunday. Picture: AFP

Michael Clarke hit 74 in his last one-day international to lead Australia to their fifth World Cup title with a seven-wicket win over New Zealand

Soccer

Super Eagles swoop in for a friendly

Thulani Serero. Picture: DUIF DU TOIT/GALLO IMAGES

Bafana Bafana go into Sunday’s game against Nigeria after registering a 3-1 win over Swaziland

Soccer

Mokone to get SA send-off

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First black South African to play in Europe in the 1950s and 1960s died in Baltimore, Maryland, last Friday

Rugby

Crusaders wary of Bulls’ bullies

Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock, front, says his team is expecting a tough battle against the Bulls on Saturday, as clashes between the two Super Rugby giants have always been intense. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Tight five will try to beat us up, says Whitelock ahead of Saturday’s Test-like clash

Australia captain Michael Clarke sits on the shoulders of teammates Aaron Finch, right, and David Warner, left, while holding the 2015 Cricket World Cup trophy after they trashed New Zealand in the final in Melbourne on Sunday. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Australians gunning for Test top spot

Skipper Michael Clarke praises his bowling unit after the left-arm pace trio of Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner and Mitchell Johnson share eight wickets to set up the emphatic victory

Opinion

SA Super Rugby teams’ lack of consistency raises questions

Lions player Julian Redelinghuys (bottom centre) reacts at the bottom of a driving maul during the Super 15 rugby match between Queensland Reds and South Africa's Lions at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on March 27. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PATRICK HAMILTON

The Lions have won the hearts of many because they refuse to surrender, writes Mark Keohane

Cricket

Clarke warns Kiwis of MCG factor

Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates after India's Umesh Yadav was bowled out during their Cricket World Cup semifinal in Sydney on Thursday.  Picture: REUTERS/STEVE CHRISTO

Size of the great Melbourne Cricket Ground arena may unsettle Black Caps, says skipper Michael Clarke, but ‘we will have to play our best cricket to win’

Soccer

Keshi may get chance to settle score with Bafana

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Nigeria coach has finally signed a new contract with the Nigeria Football Federation

Rugby

Depleted Sharks will need to fight hard to beat Force

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Sharks’ defensive standards have slipped from last season’s lofty levels and they have conceded 12 tries

Cricket

New Zealand bask in afterglow as SA hide in shadows

New Zealand’s Grant Elliott after hitting the winning runs during the semifinal Cricket World Cup match against SA on Tuesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Passengers awaiting flights could hardly tear themselves away from the screens — until the Black Caps themselves came strolling along

Cricket

SA just could not do enough right

SA’s Imran Tahir covers his face with his cap next to his teammates after they lost their Cricket World Cup semifinal match against New Zealand in Auckland on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

How can it be that two teams play one of the greatest matches yet seen but only one of them stays in the tournament?

Cricket

Players break down after defeat

New Zealand’s Grant Elliott after hitting the winning runs during the semifinal Cricket World Cup match against SA on Tuesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO

What would it take for SA to win a World Cup?

Soccer

Germany to use Socceroos as Euro qualifier rehearsal

German coach Joachim Loew faces the media on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday night’s friendly against Australia. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Germany are eager to see off Australia in style before Sunday’s qualifier with coach Joachim Loew’s side joint second in their group

Cricket

Proteas crash out of Cricket World Cup

South Africa's Morne Morkel is comforted by teammate Wayne Parnell after their loss in the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday. Picture: AFP

Grant Elliott strikes premier SA strike bowler Dale Steyn for six to give World Cup co-hosts tight four-wicket victory with ball to spare in semi-final at Eden Park

Soccer

Shake-up at Bafana conference

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise has continued to be excluded by Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba, a situation that Downs coach Pitso Mosimane finds puzzling considering his player’s excellent recent form. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Coming friendlies pushed aside as Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba hits out at his critics

Other Sport

Djokovic fights off determined Federer at Indian Wells

Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland greet each other during the trophy presentation following the men's final of the BNP Paribas Tennis Open in Indian Wells, California on Sunday. Picture: AFP

World No 1 Novak Djokovic beats Swiss great Roger Federer to claim back-to-back titles in BNP Paribas Open, celebrates 50th tournament win on ATP Tour

Opinion

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Want more black Proteas? Try this...

To make sure there is a pool of budding Ntinis to replace an injured Philander is to start building a new class of rural boarding schools throughout SA now

England’s Kevin Pietersen. Picture: REUTERS

Sunrisers release Pietersen to Surrey

South African-born batsman is England’s all-time leading run-scorer in all formats and he has reiterated his desire to end his international exile

Other Sport

Alonso ‘feeling fit’ ahead of Malaysia

McLaren Formula One racing driver Fernando Alonso of Spain listens to a member of his team in the garage during pre-season testing at the Jerez racetrack in southern Spain last month. Picture: REUTERS

World champion needs to pass a fitness test before he can race, but is looking forward to marking his return to a circuit where he has won three times

Other Sport

De Kock has chance to ease Dubai disappointment

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Trainer has good prospects in two of the rich eight races: Mubtaahij in the $2m UAE Derby and Umgiyo in the $6m Dubai Turf

Rugby

Bulls coach satisfied with ‘ugly win’

Luke Burton of the Western Force tackles Francois Hougaard of the Bulls during the Super Rugby match between the Bulls and Force in Pretoria on Saturday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN

It certainly was not pretty, but the team manages a third successive victory

Cricket

Tables turn as Australia feel the pressure

Australian cricketer Steve Smith interacts with former captain Kim Hughes during a training session in Adelaide on Thursday, ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match between Australia and Pakistan.  Picture: AFP PHOTO/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE

As push comes to shove former outright favourites Australian play their quarterfinal match against Pakistan in Adelaide on Friday

Other Sport

Phumelela’s deal a hit for local punters

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South African racing fans will be able to watch and bet on many top racetracks in the US

Other Sport

Djokovic smashes his anxiety to seal victory

Novak Djokovic. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Against Roger Federer he went from jitters to smashing a racquet to the euphoria of beating his biggest tennis rival

Soccer

Minnows Swaziland ‘to test Bafana’s mindset’

Shakes Mashaba talks to the players at Orlando Stadium on Monday. Picture: DUIF DU TOIT/ GALLO IMAGES

Coach Mashaba adamant there is plenty for his now 26-man squad to pick up at the unlikely friendly international

Cricket

Aussies have balance, but Dhoni ‘knows how to win World Cup’

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Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee believes the hosts have what it takes to defeat defending champions India

Soccer

Swallows defender Cohen heads to Wembley with Lithuania

Larry Cohen. Picture: GALLO IMGAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Defender Larry Cohen has been called up to the Lithuanian national team ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against England

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