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Afghanistan batsman Hamid Hassan celebrates as the winning runs are hit against Scotland in their 2015 Cricket World Cup Group A match in Dunedin on Thursday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/WILLIAM WEST

Afghanistan post first World Cup win, Sangakkara marks milestone with ton

18 hour(s) ago

Afghanistan’s remarkable rise continues with maiden World Cup win as they beat Scotland by one wicket, while Kumar Sangakkara celebrates his 400th ODI with a hundred

Cricket

Big-hitter Gayle looms large on Proteas’ radar

West Indies bowler Chris Gayle celebrates the wicket of Zimbabwe's Stuart Matsikenyeri, out LBW during their Cricket World Cup  match in Canberra on Tuesday. Picture:  REUTERS/DAVID GRAY
1 day(s) ago

Victory against the West Indies will put SA back where they were before their 130-run drubbing by India in Melbourne

Soccer

Amajita and Banyana coaches ignore pressure

Thabo Senong.  Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU
2 day(s) ago

Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw plays down pressure on her to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics

Cricket

Sloppy Bangladesh fall flat in Melbourne Cricket Ground debut

Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan, right, reacts after reaching 150 (for a total of 161) alongside teammate Kumar Sangakkara (105) during their Cricket World Cup match against Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. The evergreen batsmen, a collective 75 years in age, teamed up for a majestic unbeaten stand of 210 runs to set up an emphatic 92-run victory, boosting Sri Lanka’s hopes of making the quarterfinals. Picture: REUTERS, BRANDON MALONE
13 hour(s) ago

Captain Mashrafe Mortaza glared as player after player waved apologetically after fumbling grounded shots that often cost extra runs

Cricket

Parnell may replace Philander in match against West Indies

Proteas captain AB de Villiers, left, congratulates Wayne Parnell after he dismissed India's Shikhar Dhawan  at the Cricket World Cup match i n Melbourne on Sunday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/SADEED KHAN
2 day(s) ago

Fast bowler Vernon Philander has been ruled out with a strained hamstring

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Top Pakistani official sent home from World Cup

Pakistan’s chief selector apologises for going to a New Zealand casino on the eve of a crucial World Cup match

Opinion

Leading Japanese firms become sugar daddies for SA rugby stars

They not only pay huge salaries but they also provide a much more holistic, family-friendly playing environment, writes Liz McGregor

Cricket

Philander out of Windies clash

Vernon Philander. Picture: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE
2 day(s) ago

South Africa seamer Vernon Philander has been ruled out of key World Cup clash against West Indies in Sydney after failing to recover from hamstring injury

Opinion

Take the lazy bull by the horns and drag it up

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer at The Discovery Leadership Summit Intellectual Capital last year. Meyer made his name at the Blue Bulls, where he instilled a new management culture to establish a Super Rugby franchise that created stars and did not have to look for them elsewhere. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/RAYMOND PRESTON

Character. Mental toughness ... Guys who walk out and sit out will always sit out when it’s tough, writes Liz Mcgregor

Soccer

City on mission to break new ground

Wilfried Bony. Picture: EPA/PETER POWELL
3 day(s) ago

Clash with four-times European kings Barcelona offers Manchester City a chance to show they are now serious contenders

Soccer

Liverpool boost top-four finish bid

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, left, vies with Southampton counterpart Steven Davis during the English Premier League football match at St Mary’s, southern England, on Sunday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK
4 day(s) ago

Brendan Rodgers’s side moves up to sixth place in the Premier League after a contentious win over Southampton

Other Sport

Van der Burgh gets season going with a win

CHAMPION: Olympic gold medallist and world record-holder Cameron van der Burgh. Picture: REUTERS
4 day(s) ago

Breaststroke champion’s time is considerably slower than his world record — but this grand prix gala is not about times

Soccer

Amajimbos make history with win over Cameroon

Amajimbos U-17 national team play a pre-African Championship match against SAFA Port Elizabeth at Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth on February 5. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/MICHAEL SHEENAN
4 day(s) ago

Early goal from Katlego Mohamme followed by two by captain Nelson Maluleke set up a famous win at the African Championship

Cricket

Mideast minnows make Zimbabwe work for a win

7 day(s) ago

Zimbabwe admit underestimating the UAE after beating the minnows with just 12 balls to spare in their World Cup match

Rugby

Vermeulen has to beat Blues before he can celebrate

RARING TO GO: Ruan Botha during the Stormers’ training session at Newlands Stadium on Thursday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ASHLEY VLOTMAN
7 day(s) ago

The Stormers will face the Blues on the back of a win over local rivals

Rugby

Du Plessis will test Lions hooker Marx

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

Malcolm Marx will get a chance to prove himself when Lions face Sharks at Kings Park

Soccer

Sundowns focus on Cup game

Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene focuses on the ball during the team’s training session at Chloorkop on Wednesday ahead of the Nedbank Cup last 32 clash against Thanda Royal Zulu on Saturday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES, LEE WARREN
8 day(s) ago

Coach Pitso Mosimane is preparing his side for their Nedbank Cup last 32 clash against Thanda Royal Zulu on Saturday

Rugby

Strauss and Coles face off in World Cup preview

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8 day(s) ago

All Blacks incumbent hooker will come up against Springbok opposite number Adriaan Strauss in Pretoria for the first time ahead of this year’s Rugby World Cup in Britain

Rugby

Hougaard still bidding for scrumhalf position

Francois Hougaard. Picture: LUKE WALKER, GALLO IMAGES
8 day(s) ago

The diminutive Hougaard has proven to be competent on the wing, where he easily adapts

Other Sport

Vaal wins will help Khumalo climb up jockeys log

Picture: THINKSTOCK
8 day(s) ago

Seattle Lady and Sir Cecil may prove the main threats to Zinnavar

Other Sport

Unbeaten record in Dubai ends for Venus

Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic returns the ball to Venus Williams of the US during their women’s singles match at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships on Wednesday. Safarova won despite a very tight schedule in the singles and doubles. Picture: REUTERS/AHMED JADALLAH
8 day(s) ago

Poor performance at Dubai Open leads to defeat against Lucie Safarova

Other Sport

Mayweather fight ‘near’ as Pacquiao agrees to tests

Floyd Mayweather. Picture: GALLO IMAGES, LEFTY SHIVAMBU
9 day(s) ago

Time is running out for fans to see them fight in peak form, with Pacquiao aged 36 and Mayweather 37

South African batsman Wayne Parnell, left, watches as India’s Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates dismissing Vernon Philander for a duck on Sunday. Picture: REUTERS/HAMISH BLAIR

Amateurish Proteas learn some hard truths

This World Cup will not be easily won by any team who have to find a way past India

Rugby

Sharks wary of bruised Bulls team

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3 day(s) ago

Core to the Bulls’ slow start has been their scrum and lineout weaknesses

Cricket

Rain adds insult to Proteas’ injury

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
3 day(s) ago

Things could worsen, what with skipper AB De Villiers facing a ban because of his attack’s slow over rate

Cricket

Contrite De Villiers laments battering at hands of India

Proteas captain AB de Villiers reacts during the Cricket World Cup match against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.  Picture:  REUTERS/HAMISH BLAIR
4 day(s) ago

Proteas captain is particularly hard on himself and David Miller for being run out

Rugby

Historic comeback offers inspiration

Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEE WARREN
4 day(s) ago

Bulls are 13th on the combined log — but coach Frans Ludeke points to 2005, when they had a nightmare start and still made the semifinals

Rugby

Lambie proves his mettle in Lions match

Pat Lambie of the Sharks during the Super Rugby match against the Lions in Durban on Saturday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES, STEVE HAAG
4 day(s) ago

All-weather player Lambie could be the go-to man in the northern hemisphere should the weather thumb its nose at the World Cup participants later this year

Cricket

Strange sight Down Under as Hussey joins Proteas camp

Michael Hussey during a Big Bash League match in Sydney in December. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/MARK METCALFE
8 day(s) ago

Why has Kirsten not been with the squad all along? Is Paddy Upton still involved? Are SA using a psychologist?

Soccer

Little-known Edu Sport meet Kaizer Chiefs

Samuel Monama. Picture: LEE WARREN/GALLO IMAGES
7 day(s) ago

Do fourth-division Edu Sports really have the legs to creep past or even hold Kaizer Chiefs in their Nedbank Cup last-32 match at FNB Stadium?

Soccer

Thanda Royal coach to miss Sundowns clash

Heric Vladislav. Picture: SOWETAN
7 day(s) ago

Vladislav Heric, who says he loves coming up against ‘the Real Madrid of SA’, is still without a work permit

Cricket

Kohli helps lift India’s form ahead of SA clash

India’s Virat Kohli encourages the fans during their World Cup match against Pakistan in Adelaide on Sunday. India play SA on Sunday. Picture: AFP PHOTO, WILLIAM WEST
8 day(s) ago

India recover in match against Pakistan after last month losing three of their games in a triangular tournament against Australia

Soccer

Tables turned as Arrows take on lagging Usuthu in Durban derby

Marc van Heerden of AmaZulu during a briefing at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Wednesday. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/ANESH DEBIKY
8 day(s) ago

AmaZulu are on the precipice in their PSL campaign but there is the small matter of making some money and forging a good cup run

Soccer

Bacela urges Bucs to take control against minnows

Striker Lennox Bacela during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United at Orlando Stadium in Soweto last month. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/LEFTY SHIVAMBU
9 day(s) ago

Pirates are defending champions and they are determined to win the trophy again to end a distressing campaign on a high

Cricket

Victorious Ireland pose a threat to SA’s World Cup hopes

Ireland's John Mooney hugs teammate Niall O'Brien, right, after beating the West Indies for the first time in their Cricket World Cup match in Nelson, on February. Picture: REUTERS/ANTHONY PHELPS
9 day(s) ago

Irish’s threat status upgrades to neon green in Nelson after an impressive win against West Indies

Other Sport

Boxing boss confirms resignation after suspension for corruption

Picture: THINKSTOCK
9 day(s) ago

Former South African junior middleweight boxing champion Loyiso Mtya steps down after allegations of corruption, maladministration and taking kickbacks

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