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  • Rain plays spoilsport, IPL final deferred to Monday May 28, 2023
    New Delhi — The final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played on Monday after heavy rain in Ahmedabad did not allow a single ball to be bowled in the contest between champions Gujarat Titans and heavyweights Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.It started drizzling in the afternoon and the rain subsequently grew heavy, […]
  • Leicester City and Leeds United relegated from Premier League as Everton survive May 28, 2023
    Liverpool — Leicester City were relegated from the Premier League just seven years after a spectacular title triumph as Everton prolonged their 69-year stay in the English top flight by beating Bournemouth 1-0 on Sunday.Leeds United will also return to the Championship after three seasons in the Premier League as their relegation was confirmed by […]
  • Israel Folau booed and beaten as Barbarians win at Twickenham May 28, 2023
    London — Israel Folau was jeered by sections of the crowd as a Barbarians team coached by Eddie Jones beat a World XV 48-42 at Twickenham on Sunday.Folau, an outspoken Christian, who won 73 caps for the Wallabies, was sacked by Rugby Australia in 2019 after a social media post warning "hell awaits" gay people.The […]
  • Max Verstappen extends lead with dominant victory in Monaco rain May 28, 2023
    Monaco — Defending double world champion Max Verstappen extended his lead in this year's title race when he drove his Red Bull to a comprehensive victory in challenging conditions in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.The 25-year-old Dutchman, driving with controlled aplomb in conditions that changed from warm sunshine to a downpour, came home 27 seconds clear […]
  • Western Province won't use their URC stars just yet in the Currie Cup May 28, 2023
    Cape Town — Western Province will not just flick the switch and unleash all of their available United Rugby Championship players in the last two Currie Cup games over the next couple of weeks.Instead, they will scrap it out with the Lions (fifth), Bulls (sixth), and Pumas (third) for a place in the top four.Luckily […]
  • Cape Town Spurs begin their quest to reach the top flight with a win May 28, 2023
    Cape Town — Cape Town Spurs' quest for promotion to the Premiership started in all earnestness with a slender 1-0 win over Casric Stars in their opening PSL promotion-relegation playoff match at the Solomon Mahlangu Stadium, Mpumalanga, on Sunday afternoon.Stars and Spurs, the two Motsepe Foundation Championship teams, both missed out on an opportunity to […]
  • Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Sergio Rico in 'serious' condition after horse riding accident May 28, 2023
    Seville — Paris Saint-Germain back-up goalkeeper Sergio Rico is in "serious" condition after a horse-riding accident, the French club confirmed on Sunday.The 29-year-old Spaniard was on the bench for PSG as they won the Ligue 1 title on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Strasbourg before heading to Spain, where the accident happened in El […]
  • Five things that went wrong for the Stormers in URC final May 28, 2023
    Cape Town — Although they fought back in the second half, the Stormers failed to shut Munster down up front and in the backline to secure back-to-back United Rugby Championship titles.IOL Sport's Leighton Koopman looks at five things that went against the home team at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday after they lost 19-14 in […]
  • It was ‘correct decision' to award Orlando Pirates a penalty in Nedbank Cup final May 28, 2023
    Cape Town - Former referee Victor Hlungwani has weighed in on the controversial penalty decision which occurred in the Nedbank Cup final.On Saturday, Orlando Pirates won the Nedbank Cup after beating Sekhukhune United 2-1 at a sold-out Loftus in Tshwane.It was the underdogs Sekhukhune who took a surprise lead after Sibusiso Vilakazi pounced on a […]
  • Luton complete fairytale rise from dark days of fifth tier to Premier League May 28, 2023
    By Rohith NairLuton Town's promotion bid hit a speed bump when Southampton prised away their beloved manager Nathan Jones earlier this season, but they have now returned the favour by taking the south-coast club's place in the Premier League.Jones had led Luton to automatic promotion from League Two and even a Championship playoff semi-final in […]
  • Things didn't all go Munster's way, but we knew we had to keep the ball against powerful Stormers, says Graham Rowntree May 28, 2023
    Cape Town – Munster had done their homework on the Stormers, and despite some decisions going against them, coach Graham Rowntree expressed his delight with how his players kept “sticking in the game” to win the United Rugby Championship final 19-14 on Saturday night.A record crowd of over 56 000 spectators at Cape Town Stadium […]
  • Even Max Verstappen would like to see Fernando Alonso win again May 28, 2023
    By Alan BaldwinMonaco - Formula One leader Max Verstappen beat Fernando Alonso to pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday and conceded even he would like to see the evergreen Aston Martin driver win again.The Spaniard, a two-times world champion like Verstappen, has not won a race since he was at Ferrari a […]
  • Rassie Erasmus says Springboks to ‘sift through' tough decisions before picking World Cup squad May 28, 2023
    Cape Town - In the past, picking a Springbok World Cup squad was much easier than it will be in 2023.The first-choice side was usually entrenched, with one or two selection debates, and you could mix and match the bench.The extra seven or so players who didn't feature in the main games would be on […]
  • ‘Just be yourselves' - Bongi Msomi advice to her SPAR Proteas ‘Warriors' ahead of Netball World Cup May 28, 2023
    Johannesburg - Unlike John Mcclane, SPAR Proteas captain Bongiwe Msomi won't have to do it all alone, nor – hopefully – try and reconcile with an estranged partner and family members while doing it.Mcclane, if you can recall, is the protagonist of seminal 1980s action movie Die Hard; and when a group of terrorists … […]
  • Stormers player ratings v Munster: Difficult night for Willemse, Libbok as Roos ran hard despite yellow card May 28, 2023
    Cape Town – It was not to be the fairytale ending for departing captain Steven Kitshoff as the Stormers went down 19-14 to Munster in Saturday night's United Rugby Championship final at Cape Town Stadium.Munster seemed to play with greater hunger as the Irish visitors grabbed their first trophy in 12 years to deny the […]
  • Save the tears for the pillow, John Dobson tells his Stormers players after URC final loss May 28, 2023
    Cape Town - They won't hang players out to dry, but a couple of errors in the final minutes of the game cost the Stormers a shot at going back-to-back in the United Rugby Championship (URC) final on Saturday in Cape Town.Instead, the traveling Munster pulled off a try in the last five minutes and […]
  • Teboho Mokoena, Monnapule Saleng and Ronwen Williams have strong claims to PSL's top award May 28, 2023
    Cape Town - Teboho Mokoena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Monnapule Saleng (Orlando Pirates), and Ronwen Williams (Mamelodi Sundowns) are in line for the prestigious PSL Footballer of the Season award at the annual PSL Awards ceremony.This is PSL's foremost award, and the winner will be named at the virtual awards ceremony on the SuperSport PSL channel (202) […]
  • Munster's URC win is for Red Army and people we've lost, says ‘immensely proud' Graham Rowntree after Stormers win May 28, 2023
    Cape Town – Munster coach Graham Rowntree said that he was “unbelievably proud” for everyone involved with the team after they did the almost unthinkable and beat the Stormers 19-14 to clinch the United Rugby Championship title at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night.The defending champions were roared on by a record crowd of […]
  • Orlando Pirates coach Jose' Riveiro already targeting more success next season after ‘epic' Nedbank Cup final win May 28, 2023
    Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates' coach Jose Riveiro was a happy chap after his side completed a cup double this season but he vowed that they'll improve next season.Pirates ended the season on a very high note on Saturday night as they beat Sekhukhune United 2-1 in the Nedbank Cup final in Tshwane to win their […]
  • Springbok training squad: Duane Vermeulen included, Damian Willemse listed as a flyhalf May 27, 2023
    Cape Town – Duane Vermeulen is still in with a chance of making the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad after being included in a 33-man group for the upcoming training camp in Durban.Bok coach Jacques Nienaber included several overseas-based players in the squad that was announced on Saturday night, including Japan-based Damian de Allende, Willie […]