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Courtnall Skosan (R) of the Lions scores a try despite tackle from Crusaders' Israel Dagg during the 2016 Super Rugby game between the Lions and the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Saturday.  Picture: EPA/RYAN WILKISKY

Lions now set their sights on Super Rugby title

Lions book their spot in Super Rugby semifinals in fine style after walking all over seven-time champs‚ Crusaders

Rugby

Lions defeat Crusaders to book berth in 2016 Super Rugby semifinals

Courtnall Skosan (R) of the Lions scores a try despite tackle from Crusaders' Israel Dagg during the 2016 Super Rugby game between the Lions and the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Saturday.  Picture: EPA/RYAN WILKISKY

It was all about Johan Ackermann and his men, who turned on the style at the beginning and the end of the match

Rugby

Can Sharks and Stormers upset Super Rugby odds?

Eben Etzebeth. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Neither SA side is expected to win‚ given results and form of the two New Zealand teams‚ but in a knockout there is always hope, writes Craig Ray

Soccer

Keagan Dolly’s bold prediction ahead of Rio Olympic Games

Keagan Dolly. Picture: BACKPAGE PIX/SAMUEL SHIVAMBU

Dolly was often expected to perform miracles whenever the team played, but some of the burden has been lifted since Da Gama named Khune and Mathoho in the squad

Rugby

D-day at Ellis Park, Newlands and Wellington

GAME PLAN: Lions players, from left, Jaco Kriel, Armand van der Merwe and Lionel Mapoe with a Currie Cup player in blue bib at a training session on Thursday ahead of the Super Rugby play-off against the Crusaders in Johannesburg on Saturday. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

Lions aim to lay on a Test atmosphere

Soccer

Lesufi left red-faced as Swallows deal falls through

Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: SOWETAN

Lesufi led a consortium of investors trying to help Swallows back into the Premier Soccer League through the over R55m purchase of Free State Stars’ status

Other Sport

Local skyrunning champion is a favourite to win Pyrenees marathon

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Lucky Miya is in Spain with other trail runners to take part in the gruelling 42km BUFF Epic Trail SkyMarathon

Rugby

Sharks keen and ready for finals

Tendai Mtawarira. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Gary Gold names the closest thing to a full-strength Sharks side for the Super Rugby quarterfinal duels

Rugby

Fleck chooses Du Preez to face Chiefs

Rob du Preez. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ASHLEY VLOTMAN

Stormers’ coach surprises with flyhalf Rob du Preez in a squad weighted for experience

Cricket

Steyn on way home and firing

Dale Steyn. Picture: REUTERS/STEVE CHRISTO

Dale Steyn draws on lessons in the fast lane and returns to a South African audience hungry for his Test magic

Other Sport

Sure Verstappen targets podium

Max Verstappen. Picture: EPA/JANOS MARJAI

A podium finish for teen Dutchman Max Verstappen will cement his status as the most successful Belgian-Dutch Formula One driver in history

Opinion

Johan Ackermann must keep the shackles off the Lions

REWARDED:  Johan Ackermann will swop his Lions coaching cap for that of the SA A team. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX

Fickle fans should admit the coach was right to trust his gut about the trip to Buenos Aires — and now a full-strength squad will face the Crusaders

Soccer

Mourinho tight-lipped on £100m Pogba signing

FINANCIAL INCENTIVE:  United have reportedly offered Juventus player Paul Pogba £220,000 a week … after tax. Picture: REUTERS/DARREN STAPLES

United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly made Juventus footballer Mino Pogba his top transfer target

Other Sport

Queen’s horse hunts Ascot win

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Queen Elizabeth will want Ascot contender Dartmouth to carry the royal colours to victory for the first time in 62 years

Rugby

‘Favourites’ Lions seek first win against Crusaders in Super Rugby quarterfinal

BALL IN HAND: Elton Jantjies prepares to pass the ball in the game against the Crusaders. The Lions flyhalf will be a marked man in this Saturday’s match against the Stormers. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX

The Lions have never started as favourites against the seven-time champions Crusaders and have not beaten them in eight years‚ including a loss earlier this season

Other Sport

Memorial service for Gugu Zulu next week Tuesday

Gugu Zulu and his wife pose for a photo while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on July 16 2016. Picture: GUGUZULU/INSTAGRAM

Zulu was part of a 42-member Trek4Mandela expedition team climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds to supply sanitary pads to schoolgirls, when he died

Rugby

Stormers will be out to boss the set pieces

Eben Etzebeth. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

‘"You can’t solely win a game through the set-piece, but you could lose a game if it’s not good enough‚" says Stomers captain Schalk Burger

UNDER ATTACK: Chris Froome at the start of Monday’s 16th stage after which he retained the yellow jersey. Picture: REUTERS/JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER

Dominant Froome to peak for final week

Colombian Quintana says the only way to beat Froome is to isolate him from his powerful Sky teammates

Opinion

Recognising SA’s cricketing heroes 25 years after return to international game

There are retired players with very little or even nothing to show for a playing career full of devotion, commitment and sacrifice, writes Neil Manthorp

Rugby

Hurricanes’ Plumtree plays mind games

Sharks coach John Plumtree. Picture: JACKIE CLAUSEN

‘The Sharks don’t mind touring New Zealand. In the last eight occasions, the Hurricanes have beaten them twice (it’s actually twice in the last seven)‚ so we’ve got a horrible record against the Sharks‚’ says Plumtree

Cricket

Pietersen returns to Dolphins

Kevin Pietersen. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Pietersen will play five games for Dolphins in second half of tournament and will be available if they reached knockout stages

Soccer

Pressure part of job at United, says Rooney

Wayne Rooney. PICTUR: EEPA/SRDJAN SUKI

New star names pressure Wayne Rooney’s place in Manchester United

Other Sport

Russian athletes see red

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Sports stars react with anger after sports court ends their Rio Olympics dreams

Soccer

Resurrected Downs in an African dream

Pitso Mosimane and his Sundowns players are riding a wave of success. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

The Brazilians are now just a point from securing qualification for the Caf Champions League semifinals

Other Sport

Hamilton feels fire in the belly ahead of Hungarian race

Lewis Hamilton. Picture: REUTERS/ANDREW BOYERS

Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton trails his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by just one point

Cricket

India and Windies face different challenges in series

Carlos Brathwaite, right. Picture: REUTERS/JASON REED

Both national squads must show their mettle: one in endurance and the other in adaptability

Other Sport

Favourite Cape Speed improves Delpech’s prospects in Gold Cup

Jockey and horse. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Jockey Anthony Delpech looks ahead to team up with Cape Speed

Rugby

Lions to stick to game plan

Warren Whiteley. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/SYDNEY SESHIBEDI

Gauteng side to play expansive rugby that has served them well

Other Sport

Jury is still out on Russian Olympic ban

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Russian athletes are not out of the woods yet as International Olympic Committee explores legal options over damning doping report

Rugby

Sharks primed for Canes

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Sharks may pulls something out of the fire against Hurricanes — a team they last trounced at Kings Park

Rugby

Fleck may flash Jones

Huw Jones. Picuture: EPA/RYAN WILKISKY

Lightning-fast Scottish international Huw Jones perfectly placed in the No13 jersey

Soccer

Barca extends Qatar Airways sponsor deal

Picture: THINKSTOCK

La Liga champion club is in talks to replace the airline from the end of next season with US e-commerce giant Amazon

Other Sport

Flier Simbine is perfectly primed for Rio

SPEEDSTER: Akani Simbine, seen here in the African Championships in June, powered up for the Olympics with a South African record of 9.89sec in the 100m in Budapest. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Sprint star Akani Simbine takes record-thrashing form to Rio Olympics

Other Sport

No Zika bite fright for Stosur

Samantha Stosur. Picture: REUTERS/STEFAN WERMUTH

Australian top seed Samantha Stosur dismisses rash of recent tennis withdrawals from Rio over Zika fears

Other Sport

Olympic bosses ‘drag feet’ on Russian ban

Picture: THINKSTOCK

International Olympic Committee reluctant to ban entire Russian team from Olympics despite mounting concern over doping violations

Soccer

Keet to challenge Josephs

Soccer ball. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Natural successor Darren Keet has won five national team caps and is 10 years younger than his rival

Other Sport

You need to be the driver of your own life, said late race car driver Gugu Zulu

South African rally driver Gugu Zulu. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Zulu died on Monday morning while part of the Trek4Mandela expeditionan on Mount Kilimanjaro

Rugby

Fleck backs youngster to step up for Stormers

Brandon Thomson. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/THINUS MARITZ

Brandon Thomson could pull some strings outside of injured flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis’s skills set

Cricket

Shah hails Pakistan mentorship

Yasir Shah. Picture: REUTERS/ANDREW BOYERS

Yasir Shah says he is grateful for the wealth of leg-spin knowledge in the Pakistan camp after his maiden 10-wicket Test haul set up victory over England at Lord’s

Gugu Zulu and his wife climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on July 16 2016. Picture: GUGUZULU/INSTAGRAM

Family devastated by racing driver Gugu Zulu’s death

Zulu’s uncle Tsidiso Motloelwa thanks the public for the messages of condolence‚ which he describes as comforting

Other Sport

Sagan snatches it from Kristoff for third win

BY A WHISKER:  Slovakia’s Peter Sagan, left, wins Monday’s 209km 16th Tour de France stage ahead of Alexander Kristoff of Norway, centre, and Australia’s Michael Matthews. Picture: REUTERS

World champion Peter Sagan has 405 points to Briton Mark Cavendish’s 291 and looks set to win a fifth green jersey in Paris

Other Sport

Gugu’s death raises concern about safety of climbing Kilimanjaro

Gugu Zulu and his wife climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on July 16 2016. Picture: GUGUZULU/INSTAGRAM

If planning trip up Kilimanjaro, package deal that would include helicopter evacuation in emergency could cost a minimum of R27,000

Other Sport

Another time Mickelson would have won

BATTLE:   Henrik Stenson, right, consoles runner-up Phil Mickelson.  Picture: REUTERS

High praise from American star Phil Mickelson for the former South African Open winner Henrik Stenson

Cricket

Piedt fires but Philander battles

Dane Piedt. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/JULIAN FINNEY

SA A established their dominance on Friday with 414/3 at stumps

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