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Sweet Euro revenge for the Azzurri

MAGIC: Graziano Pelle, left, and scorer Giorgio Chiellini celebrate Italy’s first goal against Spain on Monday. Picture: EPA

Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle score the goals as Italy exact revenge for their Euro 2012 final hammering by dumping Spain out of Euro 2016


Downs wary of tough Nigerians


Sundowns strike fulcrums Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly are expecting a physical game against Nigeria’s Enyimba in the Caf Champions League pool stage clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday, writes Sibusiso Mjikeliso


Prop Kitshoff keen to come back to SA

GAME PLAN: Steven Kitshoff is happy after his impressive debut for the Springboks at the weekend. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Allister Coetzee will at least not have to worry about the commitment of a player he wants back in SA, Steven Kitshoff

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Woods may be out of action for rest of year

US golfer Tiger Woods stands near to the Quicken Loans trophy in Bethesda, the US, on Sunday. Picture: EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Tiger Woods gives the strongest indication yet that he might not return to competition this year

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Champion rider Khumalo chopped by Snaith stable

S'manga Khumalo. Picture: SUPPLIED

Stable says patrons and racing public need to be sure horses perform on their best merit and ability


Signings by Chiefs just the start — Motaung

REINFORCEMENTS: New Amakhosi recruits were introduced to the media by Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung, back left, and coach Steve Komphela, partly obscured, on Monday. Picture: LEFTY SHIVAMBU/GALLO IMAGES

Chiefs also appointed Ghanaian John Paintsil as assistant coach


Sundowns set to scupper Mobara’s move to Pirates

Abbubaker Mobara. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Sets up possibility of an ego-bruising battle between the two Gauteng giants for the services of Mobara


Messi exit leaves Argentina in turmoil

Argentina midfielder Lionel Messi reacts after missing his penalty shot during the Copa America Centenario USA 2016 Cup final soccer match between Argentina and Chile at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, the US, on Sunday. Picture: EPA/JASON SZENES

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s bombshell announcement follows Argentina’s third loss in a major final in three years


Langers has the history to prep Proteas

INSPIRATION:  Charl Langeveldt bowled SA to victory against the West Indies at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown 11 years ago, now the bowling coach wants the Proteas quicks to repeat the dose today. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX

Charl Langeveldt will hope the Proteas show off some of what he has been working on since he succeeded Allan Donald as bowling coach in June 2015


Minnows roar in a Euro of surprises

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo thanks supporters at the end of the EURO 2016 group F preliminary round match between Hungary and Portugal in Lyon, France, on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/MIGUEL A LOPES

O’Neill’s Ireland set up intriguing tie against hosts


Faf aside, there is a lot of work ahead for Boks

SA triumphed against Ireland in Port Elizabeth thanks to the athleticism of Faf de Klerk


England’s Jones refuses to tinker

Teimana Harrison. Picture: BACKPAGE PIX

England coach Eddie Jones has all but stuck with the team that sealed a first series win in Australia

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Rabada’s form in Sunday’s race will shuffle July pack


Sunday’s rich first prize makes the race a natural target for Rabada, who was bred at Summerhill Stud in Mooi River


Schalk Burger is Stormers’ skipper in short Australian tour

Schalk Burger. Picture: AFP

Both co-captains, Juan de Jongh and Frans Malherbe, are out of action as De Jongh is with SA sevens team and Malherbe injured his neck against Ireland on Saturday

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No stopping sizzling Semenya

RUN FOR GOLD: Caster Semenya claimed her third medal in two days. Picture: ROGER SEDRES/GALLO IMAGES

Semenya in a class of her own as she won 800m gold in 1min 58.20sec

STICKING TO HIS GUNS: England manager Roy Hodgson announces the squad to face Moldova in a World Cup qualifier, at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

England coach Roy Hodgson quits after shock defeat to Iceland

Iceland looked the better team in just about every aspect of the game and fully deserved to extend their dream run in the European Championship


Steyn’s return could open way for Rabada’s rise to greatness

Kagiso Rabada of the Proteas celebrates the wicket of Johnson Charles of the West Indies during Match 9 of the Triangular Series between West Indies and South Africa at Kensington Oval on Friday in Bridgetown, Barbados. Picture: LEE WARREN/GALLO IMAGES

Rabada is de facto leader of the bowling attack, and has done an extraordinary and inspiring job for the past six months

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I can get even better, says No1 Djokovic

HIGH SPIRITS: Novak Djokovic faces the media at the All England  Tennis Club on Sunday. Picture: EPA

Djokovic’s spirits are so high after finally ending his long wait to win at Roland Garros that he insists the pressure of his history bid will not be a problem

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Serena appears unruffled by huge pressure

RELAXED: Serena Williams, who  loves playing on grass, opens the  defence of her Wimbledon title  against Swiss qualifier Amra  Sadikovic on Tuesday. Picture: EPA

Williams stumbled in the Australian and French Open finals this year


Mashaba makes U-turn after Under-23 Cup win

RISING STARS:  Bafana Bafana players celebrate their Cosafa Cup final victory over Botswana in Windhoek on Saturday. Picture: MUZI NTOMBELA/BACKPAGEPIX

Dramatic win will bring a reprieve to the coach having failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations


SA’s Caribbean cruise ends ingloriously

Kagiso Rabada of the Proteas, left, celebrates the wicket of Johnson Charles of the West Indies with his team at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Friday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN

Bowler Kagiso Rabada’s stint the highlight of a messy display of cricket


Springboks clinch series 2-1

Allister Coetzee. Picture: RYAN WILKISKY/BACKPAGEPIX

The Boks had to work hard for their 19-13 win and it was their best performance of the series by a long shot


PE the charm for Springbok Test rugby

NO MISTAKES: Springbok scrumhalf and captain Fourie du Preez passes the ball during a training session in Teddington, west London on Tuesday. The skipper wants the Boks to have a healthy halftime lead against the USA on Wednesday. Picture: AFP

The Springboks’ only defeat in the last century in PE was against the 1974 British and Irish Lions, who smashed them 26-9 to clinch a first ever series win in SA


Boks can repay coach by clinching the series

WINGER:  Ruan Combrinck has been given a chance to cement his place in the Bok team. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Coach Allister Coetzee has given a third chance to players who have been below their best ahead of the decisive Test against Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday


Gamebreaker Kriel to empty his tank

Jaco Kriel.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES

The English enjoy using the term ‘get on with it’, which suggests one must get on with one’s business come what may, writes Sibusiso Mjikeliso


Series win gives Bok coach momentum

JOB WELL DONE: Francois de Klerk is congratulated  by Springbok coach Allister Coetzee after the win  over Ireland. Picture: GAVIN BARKER/BACKPAGEPIX

Ireland had two opportunities to win the game at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and flip narrative of Coetzee’s maiden series


Rugby players should be sitting on a beach, says Eddie Jones


England’s coach is not alone in calling for World Rugby to lighten the load on players as year-round demands take their toll


Kitshoff’s long wait is nearly over


Bok coach Allister Coetzee ready to name Steven Kitshoff as the loosehead prop to replace injured Nyakane


Iceland will not melt under pressure

Gylfi Sigurdsson (centre), Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (second right) and Iceland teammates celebrate after the Euro 2016 group F preliminary round match between Iceland and Austria at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France, on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is confident super-charged Iceland will not fail against England in the last-16 clash


Coetzee makes two changes to Bok side that beat Ireland

Allister Coetzee. Picture: REUTERS

Warren Whitely replaces injured Duane Vermeulen as eighthman while Ruan Combrink’s inclusion at right wing sees JP Pietersen moved to left wing


Coetzee could bet long-term on De Klerk

NEW BOK ON THE BLOCK:  Faf de Klerk has received some high praise for his performances in the two Tests against Ireland. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX/RYAN WILKISKY

The new Boks coach may have found in Faf de Klerk the halfback to bet his mortgage on

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Stage set for Djokovic and Murray showdown

TROPHY LIFE: Novak Djokovic hugs the cup after his Wimbledon final victory over Roger Federer last year. Picture: REUTERS

World No1 Novak Djokovic and relentless second-ranked Andy Murray are on course for a Wimbledon final showdown


Sluggish Bafana get into gear bagging five goals against Swaziland

PASSIONATE: Bafana Bafana supporters pose during an address in Johannesburg to mark 10 days to the African Nations Cup. Picture: SOWETAN

Bafana Bafana Olympic shadow team make lives difficult for themselves by being painfully slow starters


Exceptional McGovern earns adulation

AIRBORNE: Northern Ireland’s Michael McGovern keeps the Germans at bay. Picture: REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN

Northern Ireland goalkeeper pulls off save after save to frustrate world champions Germany

Jockey and horse. Picture: THINKSTOCK

Top trainer slams July panel’s ‘Gold Circus’

Trophy Wife as first reserve will not help trainer Sean Tarry's hope of third Vodacom Durban July success

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Caster and Wayde headline Africa championships

Caster Semenya. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ROGER SEDRES

Caster Semenya will be the firm favourite in her specialist 800m event while African record-holder Van Niekerk will feature in sprint


Ertugral aims to bring in younger players at Bucs

Muhsin Ertugral. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Pirates coach looks to build a squad capable of challenging for league honours next season


Proudfoot praises Whiteley’s leadership

LONG AND SHORT OF IT: Bok coach Allister Coetzee makes a point to Warren Whiteley at Tuesday’s training session in Port Elizabeth. Picture: RICHARD HUGGARD/GALLO IMAGES

The door might still be open for Warren Whiteley to seize leadership of the Boks if he impresses in starting XV

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