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Soccer

Tough choices for Tinkler as Pirates’ injuries mount

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Pirates coach Eric Tinkler has to decide between Edwin Gyimah and recently signed forward Tendai Ndoro to sign on for the Caf Confederation Cup

Soccer

Khune is down the goalie pecking order

Itumeleng Khune. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Former Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune on the sidelines as Reyaad Pieterse impresses coach

Other Sport

Fireball Fourie wins title fight

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Junior welterweight champion Grant Fourie overwhelmed after finally winning the national title

Other Sport

After six second places, Delpech lands Gold Cup

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Jockey Anthony Delpech wins eLan Gold Cup after partnering the favourite, Wild One

Other Sport

Athletics roiled by mass doping allegations after blood test leak

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Endurance runners suspected of doping have been winning a third of Olympic and world championship medals, says news agencies

Rugby

Rio cutting it fine in building of Games rugby venue

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Countries with limited success in the 15-a-side game are suddenly taking the seven-a-side version more seriously

Cricket

Captain’s catch puts Steyn in elite 400 club

Beaming captain Hashim Amla and squad congratulates Dale Steyn (pink strapping), on his 400th Test wicket. Picture:MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/GALLO IMAGES

Dale Steyn arrives at the gates of greatness as only the second South African after Shaun Pollock and the 13th cricketer overall to take 400 Test wickets

Bangladeshi ground staff cover the field as rain falls during the fourth day of the second Test between Bangladesh and SA at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka yesterday. Only 81.1 overs — out of 360 — have been bowled so far. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Testing times for water-logged Proteas

Dane Vilas laments frustrating conditions of his debut Test as Cyclone Komen batters Bangladesh

Opinion

Pulling Port Elizabeth academy funds deals blow to development

South African Rugby Union’s bizarre withdrawal of funding for its academy in Port Elizabeth a blow to Southern Kings and black rugby-rich region

Soccer

Soweto derby: Tinkler is cool, Komphela nervy

Eric Tinkler during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars at Orlando Stadium on April 08 in Soweto.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler calm on Soweto derby day despite dearth of wins

Other Sport

South Sudan tearfully becomes 206th Olympic member

The Olympic rings at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor. Picture: REUTERS

South Sudan becomes Olympic movement’s 206th member amid emotional scenes as the war-stricken nation crosses final hurdle to competing at next year’s Rio Olympics

Other Sport

Buthelezi may get rematch against Sityatha after furore

Gideon Buthelezi. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU

Widespread disagreement over split decision awarded to IBO junior bantamweight champion Lwandile Sityatha

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

Other Sport

Beijing wins IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics

Local residents perform ahead of the announcement of the winner city for the 2022 winter Olympics bid, at a square in Chongli county of Zhangjiakou, China, on Friday.  Picture: REUTERS

Choice of Beijing as host of 2022 Winter Olympics over Kazakhstan’s Almaty a solid vote for tried and tested, and financial and organisational security of China

Cricket

Cricket World Cup note alienated players

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South African Cricketers’ Association urges regular consultations with players on the purpose of the transformation charter

Soccer

Cape Town own goal with Cup dud

European clubs Crystal Palace of England and Sporting Lisbon of Portugal battle it out in front of a handful of spectators in the final of the Cape Town Cup last weekend. The tournament cost R28m and was won by Sporting Lisbon. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/CARL FOURIE

The city is expected to incur losses after spending R28m to host the four-team event that included English club Crystal Palace

Other Sport

Bookies back Wild One to capture eLan Gold Cup

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Mighty Mike de Kock’s horse has been raced sparingly since contesting ‘SA’s Grand National’ 12 months ago

Soccer

Korean official raises hand for Fifa top job

Chung Mong-joon. Picture: REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI

Billionaire scion of South Korea’s Hyundai and former Fifa executive Chung Mong-joon says it's not the right time for Platini to lead

Rugby

Botha believes Pollard has the right stuff

Handré Pollard. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Handré Pollard has struggled to reach the same heights as break-out season last year but former national captain and flyhalf Naas Botha believes in him

Cricket

Haddin no has-been, says Ponting

Ricky Ponting. Picture: REUTERS

Wrong to leave wicketkeeper Brad Haddin out of the team for the third Ashes Test, says former captain

Cricket

Cricket World Cup note alienated players

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South African Cricketers’ Association urges regular consultations with players on the purpose of the transformation charter

Soccer

Cape Town own goal with Cup dud

European clubs Crystal Palace of England and Sporting Lisbon of Portugal battle it out in front of a handful of spectators in the final of the Cape Town Cup last weekend. The tournament cost R28m and was won by Sporting Lisbon. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/CARL FOURIE

The city is expected to incur losses after spending R28m to host the four-team event that included English club Crystal Palace

Other Sport

Bookies back Wild One to capture eLan Gold Cup

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Mighty Mike de Kock’s horse has been raced sparingly since contesting ‘SA’s Grand National’ 12 months ago

Soccer

Korean official raises hand for Fifa top job

Chung Mong-joon. Picture: REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI

Billionaire scion of South Korea’s Hyundai and former Fifa executive Chung Mong-joon says it's not the right time for Platini to lead

Rugby

Botha believes Pollard has the right stuff

Handré Pollard. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG

Handré Pollard has struggled to reach the same heights as break-out season last year but former national captain and flyhalf Naas Botha believes in him

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

Other Sport

Japan sorry for stadium U-turn

Former Japanese prime minister and Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee president Yoshiro Mori attends a press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo. Picture: AFP PHOTO/Toshifumi KITAMURA

Costs for the New National Stadium soars to $2.1bn — nearly twice original estimates

Rugby

Return of wounded Boks opens up the options for coach Meyer

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

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

Quinton de Kock. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN

De Kock discovers the truth in that old sporting adage

Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock discovers it’s easier to get to the top than stay there

Other Sport

Boston’s to blame for bid backfiring, says IOC boss Bach

IOC president Thomas Bach addresses the media after the Executive Board meeting and IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA

Boston selected as US candidate for the 2024 Games but falls flat after U-turn over costs

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

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

Other Sport

Jewish athletes conquer site of Hitler’s Nazi Games

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

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

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

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

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

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