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12 December 2018 5:29 AM Durban's Santa transforms broken toys into shiny gems

A Durban man is transforming old and broken toys into good-as-new treats so that every child experiences some joy over the festive season. Shiven Gopi, 31, recently shared an appeal on social media for donations of old toys to "Shiven's workshop". But he did not anticipate that he would receive such an overwhelming response. His "workshop" is actually 12

12 December 2018 4:53 AM 'Cheika has to go,' says Wallabies great Burke

Sydney - Wallabies legend Matt Burke has urged Rugby Australia to axe Michael Cheika along with his coaching staff after a review was announced into their positions less than a year before the World Cup. The two-time world champions have won just four Tests this year and slipped to sixth in the world rankings, heaping pressure on Cheika as a sense of turmoil 12

11 December 2018 8:20 PM All Blacks star Smith to join Pau

Pau - New Zealand backline star Ben Smith will join Pau after next year's Rugby World Cup, the club's president told French broadcaster RMC Sport on Tuesday. Smith lifted the Webb Ellis trophy in 2015 and the 32-year-old has featured on 76 occasions for his country, scoring 33 tries since making his international debut in 2009. He will move to an unnamed 18

11 December 2018 7:53 PM Spain introducing VAR in Copa del Rey

Madrid - The video assistant referee system will be used in the Copa del Rey from January and in second division games next season at the latest, the Spanish football (RFEF) association said on Tuesday. "The Board of Directors of the RFEF today approved the extension of the VAR to further official competitions, the Copa del Rey and the Segunda Division 16

11 December 2018 7:09 PM Marx, Dyantyi stand tall at Brightrock Players Choice Awards

Cape Town - A host of South African rugby stars were honoured at the Brightrock Players Choice Awards held in Sandton on Tuesday evening. The undoubted stars of the show were Malcolm Marx and Aphiwe Dyantyi, who scooped two awards each. Dyantyi, the Springbok and Lions winger won the #LoveChange Award - for the most improved player in 2018 - and the Backline 15

11 December 2018 5:29 PM Toure leaves Olympiakos after just 5 games

Piraeus - Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has left Olympiakos for a second time, after only playing five times, the Greek Super League club announced on Tuesday. Toure, 35, joined Olympiakos three months after originally making his mark in Europe with the Greek side during the 2005-2006 season. "Olympiacos FC and Yaya Toure 15

11 December 2018 3:33 PM Police operation in Sophiatown leads to arrests of 19 people

Increased police visibility in Sophiatown, Gauteng, has led to the arrest of 19 suspects for various offences. Ten are facing charges of being in possession of drugs, three for domestic violence, one for pointing of a firearm, one for armed robbery, and four for theft and other crimes. "Police are working hard to find drug manufacturing labs and drug lords 18

11 December 2018 12:44 PM Kings to return to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in 2019

Cape Town - The Southern Kings will return to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in 2019 when the PRO14 gets underway again. After struggling to settle on a new lease agreement with the Mandela Bay Development Agency, the Kings have played their last 5 matches at the modest Madibaz Stadium. But, according to the Herald, a deal has now close to being finalised 18

11 December 2018 12:06 PM Bulls president: Pote has proved himself at every level

Pretoria - Blue Bulls president Willem Strauss says head coach Pote Human will be a valuable asset for the union going forward. This comes after the Blue Bulls Company on Tuesday confirmed Human as head coach of their Super Rugby and Currie Cup teams for 2019. Alan Zondagh was also appointed as director of rugby. He will be responsible for overseeing 17

10 December 2018 7:43 PM Molinari named European Tour Golfer of the Year

London - Francesco Molinari won the European Tour's Golfer of the Year award on Monday to cap a memorable 2018 for the Italian. Molinari became the first Italian to win a major when he clinched the British Open at Carnoustie earlier this year. That triumph followed his victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and a maiden PGA Tour title in the Quicken 17