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  • Lionel Messi says World Cup in Qatar will be his last October 6, 2022
    Paris — Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said he is counting the days until the World Cup and believes his team have a good chance of winning the tournament.Messi, who will be playing his fifth World Cup in Qatar, told Star+ he is feeling nervous ahead of the tournament, but is in positive mood.Argentina will […]
  • Marcus Rashford brace helps Manchester United see off Omonia in Europa League October 6, 2022
    Nicosia — Substitute Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United fought back from a goal down to beat Omonia Nicosia 3-2 in Europa League Group E on Thursday.Real Sociedad stayed top of the group standings thanks to a 2-0 win at Sheriff Tiraspol secured by goals from David Silva and Aritz Elustondo.United, thrashed 6-3 by […]
  • Proteas hold on for victory in rain-affected first ODI against India October 6, 2022
    Cape Town — A switch to his favoured format was hopefully also to coincide with a return to form for the Proteas’ beleaguered limited-overs captain Temba Bavuma.But not even the swap to 50 overs, which was reduced to 40 overs due to rain in Lucknow on Thursday, provided Bavuma with any sort of relief.The Proteas […]
  • WATCH: Bulls caught in Glasgow storm, yearning for Pretoria swimming pools October 6, 2022
    Cape Town – Gauteng is in the midst of a heatwave at the moment, with the temperature in Pretoria forecast above 30 degrees Celsius until next Friday.Compare that to Glasgow in Scotland, where it won’t be warmer than 14 during the same period, and where there was more than 90% rain forecast in the central […]
  • US football star Megan Rapinoe pleads for change after 'horrifying' abuse report October 6, 2022
    London — US star Megan Rapinoe has urged football authorities to use the "horrifying" revelations of systemic sexual abuse and misconduct in the American domestic women's game as a catalyst for change.A report published by former US attorney general Sally Yates earlier this week featured multiple allegations of abusive behaviour by team coaches in the […]
  • We won’t underestimate Zebre, says Stormers assistant coach Norman Laker October 6, 2022
    Cape Town — There is no doubt as to who the favourites are going into the Round Four United Rugby Championship (URC) clash between the Stormers and Zebre.It's the defending champions against last season’s bottom-of-the-log side, but the Stormers won't be making the mistake of underestimating the Italians.The two sides will meet in Parma on […]
  • LIV Golf suffers blow as players denied ranking points October 6, 2022
    London — LIV Golf players will not receive world ranking points for this week's event in Bangkok or the tournament in Jeddah later this month, the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) organisation said on Thursday.The Saudi-backed LIV Series has yet to be given ranking points, but the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Tour announced […]
  • Proteas to host England during new SA20 franchise tournament October 6, 2022
    Johannesburg — The Proteas will host England in a rearranged three-match one-day international series during January and February that clashes with a new T20 franchise tournament.The internationals are set for 27 and 29 January in Bloemfontein and 1 February in Kimberley, while the six-team SA20 tournament runs from 10 January to an unannounced date in […]
  • Five players to watch in Springbok women’s World Cup opener against France October 6, 2022
    Durban — The Springbok women have been given the honour of playing the opening game of the World Cup in New Zealand on Saturday when they tackle highly-rated France in a Pool C match (3.30am kickoff).It will be the biggest match the South Africans have ever played and while they will all play above themselves, […]
  • England's Kyle Walker in World Cup fitness race after groin surgery October 6, 2022
    London — England defender Kyle Walker faces a race to be fit for the World Cup after Manchester City revealed he had undergone groin surgery.Walker suffered the injury in the first half of City's 6-3 victory against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.No timescale has been put on his return but it is […]
  • Rhulani Mokwena feels Sundowns have failed on the continent in recent seasons October 6, 2022
    Johannesburg — Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena feels the club have failed on the continent in recent seasons.The Brazilians won the CAF Champions League six years ago under coach Pitso Mosimane but they haven’t made it past the semi-finals since.The closest they came to challenging for the crown was back in 2018 when they reached […]
  • WATCH: ‘Not human’ Erling Haaland dazzles again as Manchester City thrash FC Copenhagen October 6, 2022
    Paris - Erling Haaland continued his remarkable goalscoring form by netting twice as Manchester City thrashed FC Copenhagen 5-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Chelsea saw off AC Milan to revive their hopes of reaching the last 16.Holders Real Madrid survived a spirited challenge from Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu to […]
  • Springbok women confident scrum can help dominate France in World Cup opener October 6, 2022
    Cape Town — Springbok women assistant coach Eddie Myners is confident that they can dominate France with their scrum in their World Cup opener in Auckland on Saturday (3.15am kickoff).The South African team has a familiar look to it, with only prop Sanelisiwe Charlie not a regular starter in the 2022 season.Myners, the Bok women’s […]
  • AmaZulu coach Brandon Truter sacked after losing to new boys Richards Bay October 6, 2022
    Durban — AmaZulu announced the sacking of Brandon Truter on Thursday. Truter’s dismissal came amid a drop in form from the Durban-based club, and speculation about internal divisions among the players.Usuthu have lost their last three Premiership games with the most recent being their 1-0 KwaZulu-Natal derby defeat to top-flight newcomers Richards Bay on Wednesday.“AmaZulu […]
  • There's light under the dark tunnel - Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane October 6, 2022
    Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs’ coach Arthur Zwane is confident “there’s light under the dark tunnel” after his team bagged their first away win of the season on Wednesday, with their 2-1 victory over Swallows FC.Chiefs had a slow start to the term, and there have been many doubters, questioning whether Zwane was the right custodian […]
  • Why Bulls must be wary of Glasgow banana peel October 6, 2022
    Cape Town - On the face of it, the Bulls should have an easy time in dispatching the Glasgow Warriors in Saturday’s United Rugby Championship (URC) clash (8.35pm kick-off).The Pretoria side have made a three-match unbeaten start to the season, having reached the final last term in an incredible second half, after losing five out […]
  • Mo Farah aiming for April return to road racing October 6, 2022
    Doha - British running legend Mo Farah said on Thursday he is aiming for an April return from injury to road racing, adding he is covering more miles now than 20 years ago as he bids to extend his career.The 39-year-old four-time Olympic gold medallist withdrew from Sunday's London marathon because of injury and said […]
  • India choose to bowl in first ODI against Proteas October 6, 2022
    Lucknow - India skipper Shikhar Dhawan won the toss and elected to field against South Africa for their rain-delayed one-day international series opener on Thursday.The hosts have handed ODI debuts to Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ravi Bishnoi at the start of the three-match series in Lucknow, which has been cut to 40 overs-a-side."There is a bit […]
  • F1 cost cap violators should be severely punished, Lewis Hamilton feels October 6, 2022
    Suzuka - Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton on Thursday called for any teams violating Formula One's spending rules to face serious sanctions amid speculation some had exceeded a cost cap last season.The governing FIA is set to issue 2021 compliance certificates to teams on Monday, a day after Red Bull's Max Verstappen could seal his […]
  • Max Verstappen aiming for ‘perfect weekend’ in Japan to defend title October 6, 2022
    Suzuka - Max Verstappen said Thursday that he needs "a perfect weekend" to clinch his second straight Formula One championship at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.Red Bull's runaway championship leader can secure the title at Suzuka if he gains eight points on nearest rival Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and six on team-mate Sergio Perez.That would […]