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21 December 2016 12:36 PM 'I am the most powerful person in South Africa'

Durban – Controversial ousted SABC executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng has called himself the most powerful person in South Africa, adding that the SABC had been transformed under his direction. This while the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal is pushing for him to be given a ministerial position. "What we have done – it has never happened in the history 19

21 December 2016 11:52 AM ‘Orlando Pirates is bleeding,’ says interim coach Palacios

Augusto Palacios’ plight‚ the way he describes it‚ reminds of Brad Pitt’s character Billy Beane in the baseball movie Moneyball. In a poignant scene the Oakland As’ executive VP walks into a change-room of players partying hard after a defeat‚ hurls a bat clattering into a wall‚ holds up a finger in a dramatic pause‚ then says‚ “That’s what losing sound 30

21 December 2016 8:07 AM Messi deserves Ballon d'Or every year, says Bartomeu

“The Ballon d’Or should be Messi’s every year as he is the best player in the history of football,” said Bartomeu on Tuesday. “There are other good players but Messi is undoubtedly number one.” Ronaldo was crowned the world’s best footballer for a fourth time earlier this month, edging out long-time nemesis Messi, who is a record five-time winner of the award 18

20 December 2016 7:56 PM Late drama as Bloem Celtic sink Pirates

You could see why Orlando Pirates continue to drop points against lower-table teams in their 2-1 Premier League defeat against Bloemfontein Celtic at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night. Oupa Manyisa’s soft 12 finish into an open goal after a Celtic defensive blunder was cancelled out by Lantshene Phalane’s 80-minute equaliser from Bucs goalkeeper Jackson 21

20 December 2016 1:57 PM India finish year as top-ranked Test side

Chennai - India will end 2016 as the world's top-ranked Test side after their 4-0 series thrashing of England, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Tuesday. Virat Kohli's side humbled England by a innings and 75 runs in the fifth and final Test in Chennai to extend their unbeaten run to 18 matches, the longest they have ever gone without 16

20 December 2016 5:25 AM Liverpool snatch late derby win

LIVERPOOL - Liverpool had to combat "wild football" from Everton before a last-gasp winner from Sadio Mane earned the visitors a 1-0 derby win at Goodison Park on Monday, said manager Juergen Klopp. Klopp's men completely controlled the second half but had to wait until four minutes into stoppage time to break through, Mane sliding in to convert the rebound 20

19 December 2016 9:05 AM Refs like lions in the zoo

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested referees were over-protected after complaining "two offside goals" had accounted for his team in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester City. Theo Walcott gave Arsenal a fifth-minute lead, but Leroy Sane equalised early in the second half, getting the benefit of the doubt in a tight offside call to run in and score 15

18 December 2016 8:04 PM Refs 'like lions in the zoo', complains Wenger

Manchester - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested referees were over-protected after complaining "two offside goals" had accounted for his team in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester City. Theo Walcott gave Arsenal a fifth-minute lead, but Leroy Sane equalised early in the second half, getting the benefit of the doubt in a tight offside 16

18 December 2016 6:06 PM Sterling sinks Arsenal to reignite City

Manchester - Raheem Sterling struck the winning goal as Manchester City reinvigorated their Premier League challenge by coming from behind to defeat title rivals Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday. Arsenal took an early lead through Theo Walcott, but just as in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Everton, they wilted in the second half as Pep Guardiola's City stormed back at the Etihad 19

17 December 2016 6:18 AM Johan Goosen's retirement aged 24 stuns Racing 92

Racing 92 have threatened legal action after Johan Goosen announced his retirement from rugby, aged 24. The French club announced on Friday that South African Goosen - voted the best player in Top 14 last season after helping them to the title - is returning home to change career. And a statement from president Jacky Lorenzetti said "judicial follow-up" 17