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OPTIMISTIC VIEW OF FUTURE: Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer during the Springbok training and media session at Northwood High School in Durban last month. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Return of wounded Boks opens up the options for coach Meyer

Good news for coach Heyneke Meyer as flank Francois Louw and tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis are not in danger of missing the World Cup

Cricket

Bring out the sun, we can take the heat, says Morkel

Morne Morkel. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DUID DU TOIT

Morné Morkel declares he is suffering from ‘cabin fever’, having to shelter indoors from Bangladesh’s monsoon rains, and is ‘hungry’ to get out there and do his thing

Other Sport

‘Triumph over evil’ as Jewish Olympics open in Berlin

The Waldbuehne arena near the German capital Berlin, where the Maccabi Games are taking place. Picture: REDFERNS/ROB VERHORST

Visitors from Europe, Israel, the Americas and Australia hail the event — held 70 years after the Holocaust — as a symbol of reconciliation

Soccer

Soccer youngsters face tough Zimbabwe encounter

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Owen da Gama not stressing this week ahead of the second leg 2016 Rio Olympics qualifier against Zimbabwe despite not having a full squad yet.

Soccer

Platini plans to throw hat in for Fifa presidency

Uefa president Michel Platini attends a Euro 2016 meeting  on March 12  in the central French city of Lyon. Picture: AFP PHOTO/JEFF PACHOUD

Uefa chief Michel Platini to vie for Fifa presidency possibly against Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein and South Korean Chung Mong-joon

Cricket

Cook backs squad marching on Belly at 3

Out-of-form England batsman Ian Bell, affectionately known as Belly, studies the Edgbaston pitch in Birmingham in advance of the third Ashes Test against Australia starting on Wednesday. Captain Alastair Cook is counting on a return to form for the veteran. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS

England’s most experienced batsman at No 3 for the third Ashes cricket Test at Edgbaston

Soccer

The Ghost just adore their wizard Rakhale

Thabo Rakhale of Pirates and Louis Autchanga during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Orlando Pirates and CF Mounana at Orlando Stadium.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Pirates fans adore dribbling wizard Thabo Rakhale who coach Eric Tinkler cannot leave out; and the player is loving every minute of it

Other Sport

Victory for sprinter in gender testing case

Dutee Chand waves to the crowd after a race at the Asian Athletics Championship 2013 in Pune, India. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MANJUNATHA KIRAN

Sport court puts controversial regulation on hyperandrogenism on ice, allowing Indian sprinter Dutee Chand to compete

Cricket legend Clive Rice. Picture: ROBERT BOTHA/BUSINESS DAY

Clive Rice, the 4x4 of all-rounders, always spoke his mind

Clive Rice’s legacy will endure — in part as the first captain of a post-isolation SA cricket team he captained on the ground-breaking three-game tour to India in 1991

Opinion

Racist Russians and feeble Fifa could be in for a shock come 2018

‘Gross and ugly’ racism in Russian football a black cloud over the 2018 World Cup

Cricket

Starc climbs into England over pitches

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has accused England of not knowing what pitch they want for the third Test which starts at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Picture: REUTERS/PHILLIP BROWN

There have been suggestions England and Wales Cricket Board chiefs have ordered groundsmen to prepare deliberately slow surfaces

Rugby

Gold picks Du Toit for Sharks friendly

Pieter-Steph du Toit, centre, will play for the Sharks in a warm-up on Friday and has a chance of making the Springbok squad for the World Cup. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/CARL FOURIE

Gary Gold selects Springbok lock Pieter-Steph du Toit in Currie Cup warm-up game against the Golden Lions

Soccer

Rakhale provides the goal, Mhlongo keeps Bucs in it

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Winger Thabo Rakhale scores a superb goal in the second half for the win while Mhlongo makes sure of the victory

Soccer

Amagluglug to face Rwanda’s best

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SA’s under-23 team to warm up for their weekend Olympic Games qualifier against Zimbabwe with a match Tuesday night against Rwanda

Opinion

Cricket is also about smashing self-delusion to reality’s boundary

Cricketers are asked just as frequently to practise self-deception rather than opposition deception. And as millions of retired cricketers will testify, they need it

Cricket

Long passage to India as relations thaw

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Centrepiece of SA’s summer takes shape with the announcement of the fixtures for the tour to India

Other Sport

Legislate green light is relief for Hawkins

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Last season’s Durban July winner will definitely run in R1m Champions Cup at Greyville

Rugby

All Blacks got it right in the big moments

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw goes over for the winning try in spite of the attention of Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar at Ellis Park on Saturday. It was McCaw’s last match in an All Blacks jersey in SA. Picture: ASHLEY VLOTMAN, GALLO IMAGES

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw admits luck was on their side against the Springboks — but they played well when it mattered

Other Sport

More Froome at the top for Team Sky

Team Sky’s Chris Froome of the UK in the yellow jersey, is shielded by teammates Leopold Konig (right) of Czech Republic and Welshman Geraint Thomas (second left) under the watchful eye of Alberto Contador (back right) of Spain. Picture: DOUG PENSINGER/ GETTY IMAGES

Chris Froome wins his second Tour de France title in three years to enhance his growing reputation as grand tour specialist

Other Sport

‘Cruel Junior’s’ dad is a happy man

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Rapshilumela Mulovhedzi will die a happy man now that his son Tsiko ‘Cruel Junior’ Mulovhedzi has won a world boxing title

Rugby

Meyer’s list of walking wounded is growing

Heyneke Meyer during the anthems Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2015 match between South Africa and New Zealand at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday in Johannesburg. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/DUIF DU TOIT

Springboks are not only mentally battered but also have a mounting injury crisis only seven weeks from their World Cup opener

Rugby

New Zealand way ahead of the rest, says Cheika

Australia's Wallabies' coach Michael Cheika gestures during the Rugby Championship 2015 test match against Argentina at Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza, Argentina, on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ANDRES LARROVERE

Australia will take on New Zealand in a title-decider for this year’s abridged Rugby Championship title in Sydney on August 8

Other Sport

Bolt and Farah fired up after wins in London

Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Bitain's Mo Farah prepare to race at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, the UK, on July 24 2015. Picture: REUTERS/PHIL NOBLE

Usain Bolt and Mo Farah win impressive track victories at the London Diamond League

Cricket

Rain-hit Bangladesh-SA test ends in draw

South Africa's batsman Hashim Amla plays in the 2015 Cricket World Cup match between the Proteas and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 22. Picture: AFP PHOTO/SAEED KHAN

SA captain Hashim Amla disappointed over the loss of playing hours

Cricket

Proteas have a chance if they adopt the Bangladesh approach

Vernon Philander appeals successfully for leg before wicket to dismiss Mohammad Mahmudullah on Thursday in Chittagong. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

SA’s batsmen got off their No 1 pedestal and learned from the Bangladeshis

Rugby

Coaches agree — Test no pointer to World Cup

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Springboks and All Blacks do not talk down the Test despite absence of some of their foremost talent

Soccer

Pirates will not be duped by Sfaxien’s form

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Tunisian club Sfaxien — at bottom of group B in the Confederation Cup — have all the experience in the world

Rugby

Clip human caterpillar’s legs

All Blacks Rugby coach Steve Hansen during a media conference in Johannesburg on Thursday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen calls on the game’s rule makers to restore balance in the way the rolling maul is officiated

The Waldbuehne arena near the German capital Berlin, where the Maccabi Games are taking place. Picture: REDFERNS/ROB VERHORST

Jewish athletes conquer site of Hitler’s Nazi Games

Event is first time Germany is hosting the Jewish Olympiad launched in 1929 in Prague for European Jews

Cricket

Cricket legend Clive Rice dies after lengthy battle against brain cancer

Cricket legend Clive Rice. Picture: ROBERT BOTHA/BUSINESS DAY

Cricket legend Clive Rice, described as one of most formidable, gifted and competitive allrounders game has ever seen, dies after lengthy battle against brain cancer

Rugby

Bok skipper needs work, says WP coach

Jean de Villiers leaves the field on Saturday after his first match in nine months. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

WP coach John Dobson selective in his praise of Springbok captain Jean De Villiers

Soccer

Bafana to face Angola on the road to Russia

ON THE DEFENSIVE: Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba defended his game plan and his team’s tactics in their goalless draw against Gambia. Picture: ANESH DEBIKY/GALLO IMAGES

Coach Mashaba upbeat as SA are yet to lose to Palancas Negras

Other Sport

Vettel takes first in action-filled Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during a practice session ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix. Picture: EPA/GEOFF CADDICK

Sebastian Vettel wins emotional Hungarian Grand Prix for Ferrari and the late Jules Bianchi after a crazy race that turned into a nightmare for champions Mercedes

Other Sport

Hamilton is hot, but Finns worth a flutter

Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas, compatriots — and friends off the track — share a few words during down time. Some feel they are the drivers who pose the biggest threat to series leader Lewis Hamilton. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/MARK THOMPSON

Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas are the outsiders who may take home the trophy as Formula One regroups

Other Sport

Cash-strapped swimmers Schoeman and Ho try crowd-funding

Olympic medallist swimmer Roland Schoeman is asking the public for money to get to Rio. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ROGER SEDRES

Olympians Roland Schoeman and Chad Ho turn to website dreamfuel.me to raise money as they chase international glory

Soccer

Shakes heads for World Cup draw

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Bafana coach to find out the identity of potential first opponent in World Cup qualifiers draw in Russia

Soccer

Pirates must not waste chances or dribble in their half, says Lekgwathi

Orlando Pirates fans during the Absa Premiership match between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/PHILIP MAETA

Orlando Pirates veteran defender Lucky Lekgwathi warns players are not to waste chances

Rugby

Spencer in clash with EP’s Watson over wages

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Row erupts between Eastern Province rugby boss Cheeky Watson and former head coach Carlos Spencer over unpaid wages

Rugby

Schalk Burger steps into the Bok breach

Schalk Burger. Picture: DUIF DU TOIT/GALLO IMAGES

Heyneke Meyer calls on Schalk Burger to lead the Boks against the All Blacks at Ellis Park on Saturday

Other Sport

Solomon’s wise words: put your money on Solid Speed

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Veteran bookmaker Ray Solomon really likes Solid Speed to win the eLan Gold Cup

Cricket

Steyn to blitz or be blitzed by crowd

Bowler Dale Steyn reacts after New Zealand won their Cricket World Cup semi-final match in Auckland in March. Picture: REUTERS/NIGEL MARPLE

Dale Steyn is four wickets from joining Shaun Pollock as the only South Africans to claim 400 Test scalps

Gadgets & Gear

Golf readies itself for the wearable tech revolution

Picture: REUTERS

Just as fantasy golf has delivered new ways for fans to experience their favourite sport, wearable technology is the next frontier for fan and player participation

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