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16 January 2019 9:31 AM Specman eager to prove he belongs in Super Rugby

Cape Town - Bulls wing Rosko Specman is eager to prove that he belongs in the XV-man code. Specman made headlines in sevens rugby over the past few seasons and was a vital member of the Blitzboks team that won consecutive World Rugby Sevens Series crowns. But the 29-year-old is now committed to the XV-man code and has been included in the Bulls’ Super 485

16 January 2019 9:02 AM In-form Kvitova steams into Australian Open Round 3

Melbourne - Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova cruised into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday, with her vanquished opponent Irina-Camelia Begu tipping the Czech eighth seed for the title. Kvitova never looked troubled as she downed Begu 6-1, 6-3 in 69 minutes. "If you're gonna play like that you're gonna win it," the Romanian said as she congratulated 490

16 January 2019 7:26 AM Bevin wins Tour Down Under Stage 2 to lead

Adelaide - New Zealand time-trial champion Patrick Bevin swooped to take his first cycling World Tour stage and claim the overall lead in Australia's Tour Down Under on Wednesday. Bevin, 27, riding for the CCC Team, capitalised on confusion in the peloton sparked by a mass crash inside the final kilometre of the 122km second stage to power home in the finish 495

16 January 2019 4:20 AM Tsitsipas continues Greek odyssey with tough Troicki win

Melbourne - Stefanos Tsitsipas is already the highest ranked Greek man in history and the first to win an Australian Open match, and his odyssey continued on Wednesday when he reached last 32. But the 20-year-old 14th seed didn't have it all his own way against Serbian veteran Viktor Troicki in a hard-fought 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win that set up a third-round 434

15 January 2019 6:05 PM Oosthuizen leads SA charge in Abu Dhabi

Cape Town - Louis Oosthuizen will lead the South African charge at the opening European Tour event of the year, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Oosthuizen joins 15 of his fellow countrymen this week in a star-studded field at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, which gets under way on Wednesday. Oosthuizen, who is SA's top-ranked golfer, will look to continue his form into the new year following 439

15 January 2019 5:24 PM SA PRO14 derby promises 'clash of the 9's'

Cape Town - They may not be the biggest guys on the field when the Southern Kings take on the Cheetahs in the PRO14 Round 11 match on Friday, but an exciting battle can be expected between the scrumhalves from both teams in the South African derby. Two of the most experienced men from either side happen to be playing in the No9 position - Sarel Pretorius 440

15 January 2019 12:04 PM Arsenal goalkeeper Cech to retire at end of season

London - Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech announced on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season. The 36-year-old, who won four Premier League titles with Chelsea, revealed his decision on Twitter. He wrote: "This is my 20th season as a professional player and it is 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right 123

15 January 2019 11:46 AM Cheetahs speedster tops PRO14 try-charts

Cape Town - Cheetahs wing Rabs Maxwane has ambitions of finishing the 2018/19 PRO14 as the competition’s leading try-scorer. The 23-year-old had been a shining light for the Cheetahs this season and currently tops the PRO14’s try-scoring chart with eight tries. He told Netwerk24 that he would like to finish the campaign as the leading try-scorer 78

15 January 2019 8:08 AM Bok No 9: Another new coach won’t disrupt Bulls

Cape Town - Bulls scrumhalf Ivan van Zyl believes a third Super Rugby coach in as many seasons will not prove disruptive for the Pretoria franchise. "It’s obviously ideal to have continuity but we’ve been working with coach Pote (Human) for long and everyone is excited to play for him. He was also part of our coaching team last year," Van Zyl told Netwerk 82

15 January 2019 7:19 AM Viviani wins opening Tour Down Under stage in brutal heat

Adelaide - Italy's Elia Viviani won a tight finish to take the opening stage of Australia's Tour Down Under in brutal temperatures in Adelaide on Tuesday. Deceuninck–Quick-Step's Viviani, the omnium gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics and one of the world's leading sprinters, powered out of the pack to reel in Germany's Max Walscheid and claim the ochre 122