Undercooked Kvitova bows out after ‘painful’ defeat

18 January 2022, 7:04 AM
Twice former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said she was unsurprised at bowing out of the Australian Open in the opening round on Tuesday after a difficult month Down Under.
Six Tunisian players test COVID-19 positive at Cup of Nations 14 January 2022, 2:31 PM

Six Tunisian players have tested positive for COVID-19, adding to the increasing number of infections at the Africa Cup of Nations in a blow to their immediate prospects at the tournament in Cameroon.

Petersen sparkles as South Africa seal series win against India 14 January 2022, 2:16 PM

Keegan Petersen scored a superb 82 as South Africa completed a seven-wicket victory in the third test and a 2-1 series win over world number one India on a spiteful Newlands pitch having chased down their challenging target of 212 on Friday.

Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa again 14 January 2022, 11:00 AM

The Australian government cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time on Friday, saying the world tennis No. 1, unvaccinated for COVID-19, may pose a risk to the community.

Djokovic waits on Australian government visa decision as Open nears 14 January 2022, 3:39 AM

World tennis number one Novak Djokovic was waiting on Friday to hear whether the Australian government will cancel his visa for a second time, as he bids for a record 21st major tennis title at the Australian Open starting on Monday.

African slider’s hopes of competing in Beijing dashed by IOC 14 January 2022, 2:58 AM

African winter sports athletes have suffered a blow after the International Olympic Committee denied a request to reinstate continental quotas in bobsleigh and skeleton for the Beijing Games, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Bande earns Burkina Faso first points at Cup of Nations 13 January 2022, 11:17 PM

Hassane Bande chested home the ball six minutes before halftime to give Burkina Faso a 1-0 win over the Cape Verde Islands at the Africa Cup of Nations finals on Thursday.

Cameroon thump Ethiopia in AFCON Group A match 13 January 2022, 9:16 PM

 Hosts Cameroon overcame another hesitant start to crush Ethiopia 4-1 on Thursday and advance to the next stage of the Africa Cup of Nations with their second successive Group A victory.

Pant scores brilliant ton but South Africa fight back 13 January 2022, 7:16 PM

 India's Rishabh Pant scored a superb unbeaten century but hosts South Africa made major strides towards winning the third and final test, and the series, as they reached the close on 101 for two in pursuit of 212 at Newlands on Thursday.

Pant ton helps India set SA victory target of 212 13 January 2022, 4:35 PM

Rishabh Pant scored a brilliant unbeaten 100 from 139 balls as India were bowled out for 198 in their second innings on the stroke of tea, to set hosts South Africa a victory target of 212 on day three of the decisive third and final test at Newlands.

Djokovic in Australian Open draw but could still be kicked out 13 January 2022, 2:22 PM

 Tennis world No.1 Novak Djokovic was included in the Australian Open draw as top seed on Thursday though uncertainty hung over his participation with the government considering whether to revoke his visa for a second time.

‘Sarr may play in Africa Cup of Nations after ‘positive’ injury news’ 13 January 2022, 11:23 AM

Watford midfielder Ismaila Sarr could yet be able to play for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations finals after a 'positive development' in medical checkups on his injured knee, the Senegal Football Federation said on Wednesday.

Krejcikova glides into Sydney semis, Jabeur out injured 13 January 2022, 7:53 AM

French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova stormed into the Sydney Tennis Classic semi-finals on Thursday with a 6-0 6-2 victory over France's Carolina Garcia, while an ailing Ons Jabeur was forced to quit her match against Anett Kontaveit.

Ronaldo says Rangnick needs time to improve Man United 13 January 2022, 4:42 AM

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has backed interim boss Ralf Rangnick to do a good job at the Premier League club but said the German needs time to bed in his ideas and improve the team's performances.

‘Kick him out’ -Melbournians critical of Djokovic over visa error 13 January 2022, 2:34 AM

Melbourne residents voiced frustration over the ongoing Novak Djokovic saga with several telling Reuters on Thursday they think the tennis star should get "booted" from Australia.

Two more Senegal players catch COVID during Africa Cup of Nations 12 January 2022, 9:48 PM

Two more Senegalese players have tested positive for COVID-19, the West African nation's soccer federation said on Wednesday, further reducing their Africa Cup of Nations squad

Jallow gets debutants Gambia off to winning start 12 January 2022, 8:58 PM

Gambia's Ablie Jallow scored early as they made an impressive debut at the Africa Cup of Nations finals by beating Mauritania 1-0 in their opening Group F encounter at Limbe Stadium on Wednesday.

South Africa and India evenly poised after Day 2, India finish solidly on 57 12 January 2022, 8:37 PM

The third and final Test match between South Africa and India at Newlands in Cape Town is evenly poised after day two

Mali edge Tunisia in opening AFCON 2021 clash 12 January 2022, 6:10 PM

A well struck Ibrahima Kone penalty early in the second half saw Mali edge Tunisia one nil in the opening group F match of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Limbe in Cameroon

Chiefs play TS Galaxy and Pirates vs Amazulu in 2022 Nedbank Cup first round 12 January 2022, 5:27 PM

Kaizer Chiefs will play 2018 Champions, TS Galaxy, in the first round of this year's Nedbank Cup competition, in a repeat of the 2018 Nedbank Cup final.

Petersen stands alone as India keep South Africa in check 12 January 2022, 3:58 PM

Keegan Petersen showed his battling qualities with an unbeaten 70 to help South Africa limp to 176 for seven at tea as India kept chipping away at the wickets on the second day of the decisive third and final test at Newlands.

Good progress for Proteas on Day 2 after shaky start 12 January 2022, 2:29 PM

South Africa have made good progress in the first session on Day 2 of the third and final cricket test match against India at Newlands in Cape Town.

Melbourne residents question whether Djokovic should play 12 January 2022, 7:47 AM

Australians on Wednesday questioned the facts behind tennis star Novak Djokovic's COVID-19 status and said the handling of the situation was "a bit of a mess".

Djokovic travelled across Europe before Australia trip, at odds with declaration 12 January 2022, 2:51 AM

Novak Djokovic was in Serbia in the two weeks before flying to the Australian Open from Spain, according to three Belgrade residents, whose accounts to Reuters backed social media posts that contradict information contained in his immigration declaration on arrival in Melbourne.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles fly past Egypt in opening Afcon encounter 11 January 2022, 8:40 PM

The Super Eagles of Nigeria got their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign off to a flying start with a 1-0 win over record seven-time Afcon winners, Egypt, who had not lost a group stage match in 18 years. 

Stunning Iheanacho strike lifts Nigeria past limp Egypt 11 January 2022, 8:39 PM

Kelechi Iheanacho’s excellent first-half goal handed Nigeria a deserved 1-0 victory over a below-par Egypt in their Africa Cup of Nations Group D clash in Garoua on Tuesday.

Kohli returns to form with 79 but India bowled out for 223 11 January 2022, 7:25 PM

India captain Virat Kohli returned to form with a well-constructed 79 but the touring side were bowled out for 223 after tea on the first day of the decisive third and final test against South Africa at Newlands on Tuesday

Defending Champions Algeria share the spoils with Sierra Leone in Afcon opening match 11 January 2022, 5:33 PM

In what will count as 'a win' for Sierra Leone, Holders Algeria were held to a surprise goalless draw by the Leone Stars as they made an uninspiring start to the defence of their Africa Cup of Nations title in Douala on Tuesday.

Islam Slimani – Looking to bow out in style 11 January 2022, 12:36 PM

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is most likely the last tournament Islam Slimani will take part in. But, surely for the 33-year-old, nothing would be better to cap a scintillating international career than helping your country defend the title. 

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Olympic champion Bencic downs Haddad Maia in Sydney opener 11 January 2022, 7:44 AM

Olympic champion Belinda Bencic made a solid start to 2022 with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia to reach the second round of the Sydney Tennis Classic on Tuesday, while local favourite Ajla Tomljanovic also advanced.

ATP welcomes court ruling allowing Djokovic to play Australian Open 11 January 2022, 12:27 AM

The events that led to Novak Djokovic being held in an immigration detention center after arriving in Melbourne for the Australian Open amid a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption have been "damaging on all fronts," the ATP said on Tuesday.