Djokovic back on top as old guard refuse to let go

18 December 2018, 6:13 PM
Young German Alexander Zverev’s breakthrough title at the ATP Finals in London last month brought the future into focus but the year ended with men’s tennis in the grip of a block of 30 somethings led by a resurgent Novak Djokovic.
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New Zealand seal a 2-1 test series victory 7 December 2018, 4:41 PM

New Zealand dismissed Pakistan for 156 in their second innings to seal a 123 run victory and a 2-1 series triumph on day five of the third and final test in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

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Banyana move up in latest FIFA World Rankings 7 December 2018, 1:36 PM

Banyana Banyana are ranked 48th in the latest FIFA World Rankings. They move up two places in the latest cycle.

Tokozile Xasa
SASCOC report reveals alleged maladministation 7 December 2018, 12:03 PM

The final report on the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has blown wide open alleged maladministration at the country's umbrella sports body.

Sport Minister releases SACOC report 7 December 2018, 10:37 AM

Minister of Sport Tokozile Xasa releases the long awaited report on SACOC that looks into maladministration.  

Mayweather to stage “entertainment” spectacle in Japan 7 December 2018, 5:56 AM

Boxer Floyd Mayweather says his New Year's Eve bout with Japanese kick boxer Tenshin Nasukawa will be "all about the entertainment".

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Baroka FC will not be intimidated by Orlando Pirates 6 December 2018, 9:33 PM

Baroka FC Assistant Coach Bushy Moloi says they will not be intimidated by the in-form Orlando Pirates.

Huge turnout expected for Telkom Knockout final 6 December 2018, 5:15 PM

A near-capacity crowd is expected to attend the Telkom Knock-Out final on Saturday.

CAF Champions League high riders Primeiro crash in Congo 6 December 2018, 2:51 PM

Angolan club Primeiro Agosto, who reached the CAF Champions League semi-finals last season, were shock casualties in the 2018/2019 preliminary round this week. 

Cheteshwar Pujara
Pujara rates century as one of best ever 6 December 2018, 2:30 PM

Cheteshwar Pujara raced past 5,000 Test runs and on the way scored one of his best centuries Thursday, with the experienced number three crediting a stint at Yorkshire for helping him prepare.

Ada Hederberg and Martin Solveig dancing
Sexism in sports 6 December 2018, 8:30 AM

This week a female player was awarded the Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious individual prize in football, for the first time; but the historic victory for women's football was overshadowed by sexism, when French DJ Martin Solveig asked winner Ada Hegerberg to "twerk" on stage.

Jose Mourinho
Man Utd fight back again but Arsenal extend unbeaten run 6 December 2018, 5:38 AM

Jose Mourinho accused his Manchester United players of shooting themselves in the foot as he saw his under-strength team gift Arsenal two goals in a 2-2 draw that extended their winless Premier League run to four games. United, who started with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku on the bench, showed great spirit to twice come […]

Azhar Ali
Ali’s half century breathes life for Pakistan 5 December 2018, 7:52 PM

Azhar Ali's resolute half century helped Pakistan reach 139-3 at stumps in reply to New Zealand's 274 on day two of the third and final test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Danny Jordaan with Banyana and Bafana coaches
Safa laments lack of sponsorship for Banyana Banyana 5 December 2018, 3:36 PM

The South African Football Association (Safa) says it has been working hard to find sponsors for the France-bound senior women's national team, Banyana Banyana.

Guardiola would welcome UEFA Fair Play probe clarity to end rumours 5 December 2018, 5:57 AM

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes a swift conclusion to UEFA’s investigation over alleged Financial Fair Play (FFP) irregularities committed by the Premier League champions will silence the speculation surrounding the case. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said after an Executive Committee meeting of European football’s governing body on Monday that an independent body looking into […]

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Zambian football to benefit from hosting Cosafa tournament 4 December 2018, 9:24 PM

Grassroots football in Grassroots football in Zambia will benefit immensely after the staging of the 2018 Cosafa under 20 Championship which concludes on the 14th of this month.

Luke Ronchi
Gritty Azhar leads Pakistan out of trouble 4 December 2018, 8:32 PM

New Zealand fought back bravely and then struck just before lunch on day two of the third cricket test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi to leave the series decider finely balanced.

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Amajita gears up for Eswatini match after victory 4 December 2018, 6:19 PM

Amajita, who are the defending champions, also led 5-0 at the break. South Africa's next match is against Eswatini on Saturday.

Mitchell Marsh
Australia back Mitchell Marsh 4 December 2018, 2:11 PM

Questions over Mitchell Marsh's place in the test team are fast becoming as traditional a part of the Australian summer as a backyard barbecue and a trip to the beach.

Samsung extends Olympics sponsorship to 2028 4 December 2018, 9:56 AM

South Korea's Samsung has extended its sponsorship contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by eight years and will remain a top sponsor until the 2028 Los Angeles Games, the world governing body said on Tuesday.

Modric wins 2018 Ballon d’Or, breaks Messi-Ronaldo dominance 4 December 2018, 6:32 AM

Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious award. Juventus forward and 2017 winner Ronaldo came second, while Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann came third. Paris St Germain’s France forward Kylian Mbappe, who also […]

Mourinho aiming to stop rot as Man Utd season unravels 4 December 2018, 6:07 AM

Jose Mourinho needs to lift Manchester United’s morale quickly as a deflating run of performances threatens to throw their season off track completely but he faces a daunting task against a revitalised Arsenal. Mourinho’s team have not looked themselves at Old Trafford for much of the season, with their past two matches producing an insipid […]

Banyana Banyana players
Banyana Banyana gearing up for World Cup 3 December 2018, 8:31 PM

Following their runners-up finish at the Women's AFCON in Ghana on Saturday, Banyana Banyana are now shifting their focus to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Diego Costa
Atletico’s Costa to undergo surgery in Brazil 3 December 2018, 5:40 PM

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa faces a long spell on the side lines after the La Liga club said on Monday he has taken the decision to undergo surgery in his home country of Brazil to treat a chronic foot injury.

Joel Masutha on the field
Masutha confident about improving Chippa United 3 December 2018, 2:21 PM

The new Chippa United coach, Joel Masutha, is confident about turning around the fortunes of the struggling Port Elizabeth-based team.

Neymar da Silva Santos
Neymar injury concern after Bordeaux end PSG’s flawless run 3 December 2018, 7:18 AM

Paris Saint-Germain are again sweating on Neymar da Silva Santos fitness on Sunday after the superstar attacker left the field at Bordeaux clutching his groin before Andreas Cornelius' late header ended the French champions perfect start to the Ligue 1 season.

Jesse Owens headlines as IAAF recognises famed tracks 2 December 2018, 10:19 PM

American sprint legend Jesse Owens was among 12 athletics stars whose feats at lesser known stadiums were honoured as part of a new initiative launched by track and field's governing body on Sunday.

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Banyana Banyana back in SA 2 December 2018, 9:45 PM

Banyana Banyana  have touched down at OR Tambo International from Ghana on Sunday.

2020 European Championship
Germany and Netherlands in Group C for 2020 European Championship 2 December 2018, 5:24 PM

The Netherlands and Germany were grouped together in qualification for the 2020 European Championship at Sunday's draw in Dublin, one of 12 host cities for the finals that will be staged across the continent for the first time.

Bangladeshi cricketer Mehidy Hasan (R) celebrates with after the dismissal of West Indies cricketer Devendra Bishoo (L).
Bangladesh beat West Indies by innings and 184 runs 2 December 2018, 1:04 PM

Bangladesh defeated West Indies by an innings and 184 runs in the second Test in Dhaka on Sunday to clinch the two-match series.

No mad dogs at United and ‘simplicity is genius’ – Mourinho 2 December 2018, 6:33 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his squad lacks “mad dogs” and some players do not understand that “simplicity is genius” after seeing his side draw 2-2 at Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday. United fell 16 points behind leaders Manchester City after a third successive league game without a win, but the draw […]