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02 January 2019 8:57 AM Kings boosted by return of fit-again scrumhalf

Cape Town - The Kings have been boosted by the return to fitness of highly-rated scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius. The 34-year-old has been sidelined with a long-term foot injury and, as a result, his time in a Kings jersey has been limited since joining the franchise last July. Now, the former Cheetahs man is back and he was named in a 25-man squad that will take on Edinburgh 53

01 January 2019 7:47 PM Djokovic wins first match of 2019

Doha - Novak Djokovic took just 55 minutes to claim his first win of the 2019 season, brushing aside Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-2 in the Qatar Open first round on Tuesday. The world number one showed he was intent on taking his form from last season into the new year with a totally dominant display against the Bosnian world No 47. "It's fantastic to be back and to start 66

31 December 2018 11:26 AM Sale tie down Faf de Klerk till 2023

London - World Player of the Year nominee Faf De Klerk committed his future to Sale Sharks by signing an extended contract to 2023, the English club announced on Monday. The South African has shone for club and country since joining Sale at the start of the 2017/18 season. "It's humbling to know a club wants to extend your contract, even though you still 59

30 December 2018 5:57 AM Kyrgios to cut back on 2019 schedule

Brisbane - Temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios says he will cut back on his schedule in 2019, blaming long stints away from home for mental health issues that led him to see psychologists. The fiery 23-year-old had another roller-coaster tennis season this year where he was criticised for his on-court antics, before an elbow injury forced him to call an early 93

29 December 2018 6:18 PM Camarasa leaves it late as Cardiff beat Leicester

Leicester— Victor Camarasa's stunning stoppage-time strike earned Cardiff a vital 1-0 win at Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday after Neil Etheridge's inspired display. The Cardiff goalkeeper saved James Maddison's second-half penalty before Camarasa struck from 25 yards (meters). Philippines international Etheridge pulled off a string of fine saves 47

29 December 2018 5:39 PM Djokovic downs SA's Anderson in Abu Dhabi final

Cape Town - World number one Novak Djokovic won a fourth Mubadala World Tennis Championship title on Saturday, coming back from a set down to beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Djokovic claimed victory on a fifth match point against Anderson, who was the defending champion at the pre-season exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi 55

29 December 2018 9:11 AM Brits surprise Greeks at Hopman Cup

Perth - A shock singles win for the unheralded Cameron Norrie over star Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas inspired Britain to victory in the opening tie of the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth on Saturday. Norrie secured the biggest scalp of his career to upset the exciting Tsitsipas in the opening men's singles, but Maria Sikkari then squared the tie with a three-set 63

28 December 2018 8:46 PM Pirates to face African champs in CAF draw

Johannesburg - CAF Champions League trophy-holders Esperance of Tunisia will face Horoya of Guinea, Orlando Pirates of South Africa and FC Platinum of Zimbabwe in the 2018/19 group phase. The Friday draw at a luxury Cairo hotel overlooking the Nile river split the qualifying survivors into four groups with each club facing their three rivals home and away. Tunisian 61

28 December 2018 8:35 PM Nadal 'satisfied' despite post-surgery comeback defeat

Abu Dhabi - World No 2 Rafael Nadal lost to Kevin Anderson at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday but said he was "satisfied" with his first match back after ankle surgery. "Tough match, three-set match, I didn't play sets before here," said Nadal who had not played since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final 48

28 December 2018 2:49 PM Croatia's Cilic pulls out of Maharashtra Open

New Delhi - Former US Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia on Friday pulled out of next week's Maharashtra ATP tournament to recuperate from a knee injury in time for the Australian Open. The 30-year-old world No 7 led Croatia to a Davis Cup final victory over France last month and was to be a key crowd puller at the season-opening ATP event in the west Indian 54