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05 January 2019 11:26 AM Sabalenka fights back to win Shenzhen Open

Beijing - Top seed Aryna Sabalenka won the Shenzhen Open on Saturday after a nail-biting clash against three-time finalist Alison Riske. Sabalenka lost the first set to her American opponent, before coming back to win the match 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. The Shenzhen Open was the Belarusian's fifth WTA final in the last ten months and her first international trophy 62

05 January 2019 11:25 AM Bale injury not expected to be serious

Madrid - Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari believes the calf injury that Gareth Bale sustained against Villarreal on Wednesday is not serious. Bale will undergo tests on Saturday to diagnose the extent of the problem after being forced off at half-time at the Estadio de la Ceramica, where Real Madrid drew 2-2. "We think the injury is not too serious 177

04 January 2019 8:07 PM Huddersfield sign Palace's Puncheon on loan

London - Premier League strugglers Huddersfield have signed Jason Puncheon on loan from Crystal Palace until the end of the season. Puncheon had made just four league appearances for Palace this term after falling out of favour with Eagles boss Roy Hodgson. The 32-year-old winger will be expected to provide a lift for Huddersfield, who sit bottom of the table 41

04 January 2019 6:58 PM Liverpool's Solanke completes Bournemouth switch

London - Bournemouth have completed the signing of Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke for a reported fee of £19 million. Solanke's arrival was the first of two moves from Anfield to the Vitality Stadium on Friday, with Reds defender Nathaniel Clyne also joining on loan until the end of the season. It is expected that Solanke's switch to the south-coast 43

04 January 2019 3:43 PM Harrington set for time off after breaking bone

Cape Town - Padraig Harrington will have to wait until February to start his 2019 campaign after breaking a bone in his wrist. The Irishman had planned to play both Abu Dhabi and Dubai on the European Tour later this month, but is now targeting a first appearance of the season at the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am from February 7-10. "Over the Christmas 40

04 January 2019 12:10 PM Ex-Bok set for Kings debut off bench

Cape Town - Southern Kings head coach Deon Davids named his starting line-up on Friday for the side's opening PRO14 match for 2019. The Port Elizabeth-based side will be taking on Scottish side Edinburgh in a Round 13 encounter at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday night. (Kick-off is 21:35 SA-time). The forwards will have a front row that will start together 62

04 January 2019 4:59 AM Chelsea fan banned for homophobic abuse

London - A Chelsea fan has been banned from football matches for three years after being ejected from their Premier League game against Brighton for shouting homophobic abuse. The 20-year-old man pleaded guilty to the offence of using threatening, abusive or insulting words during Chelsea's 2-1 win at Brighton's Amex Stadium on December 16. A spokesperson 45

03 January 2019 12:32 PM Ernst 'not getting carried away' with compliments from Pitso

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says he appreciates the compliments made by Mamelodi Sundowns mentor Pitso Mosimane but is "not getting carried away" as their two sides meet on Saturday. Amakhosi welcome the Brazilians to FNB Stadium as the Absa Premiership resumes following the annual two-week festive season break. In the lead up to Saturday's 40

03 January 2019 4:57 AM Djokovic backs 'legend' Nadal to return from injury again

Doha - Novak Djokovic said that sport needed "legend" Rafael Nadal to make another comeback after it was announced on Wednesday that the injury-plagued Spaniard had withdrawn from his season-opening tournament in Brisbane. Nadal said that he would not play in Brisbane because of a left thigh strain, prompting yet more fears over the 32-year-old's long term future 63

02 January 2019 5:56 PM Bruce appointed Sheffield Wednesday boss

London - Steve Bruce has been named as the new manager of English Championship club Sheffield Wednesday, succeeding Jos Luhukay, who was sacked last month. The 58-year-old, whose first managerial job was with Wednesday's city rivals Sheffield United in 1998, will take over on February 1. "Sheffield Wednesday are delighted to confirm the appointment of Steve 37