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10 January 2019 4:57 AM Djokovic, Halep top seeds for Australian Open

Melbourne - World number ones Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named top seeds on Thursday for next week's Australian Open, with 23-time major winner Serena Williams lurking at 16 on the women's side. Djokovic heads long-time rival Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer, with young-gun Alexander Zverev seeded four as he targets a maiden 135

09 January 2019 6:03 AM Mathews to miss 2-Test tour of Australia

Sydney - Former captain Angelo Mathews has a hamstring injury and won't be part of the Sri Lanka squad for their two-Test series in Australia. Team officials said on Wednesday that Mathews tweaked his hamstring during Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand and that he had been left out of a 16-man squad for Tests in Brisbane and Canberra. Matthews was Sri Lanka's 105

09 January 2019 6:01 AM Masters hands out special invitation to Japanese star

Washington - Japan's Shugo Imahira, last year's Japan Golf Tour leading money winner, has accepted a special invitation to play in this year's Masters tournament, Augusta National chairperson Fred Ridley said on Tuesday. The 26-year-old from suburban Tokyo will make his Masters debut after missing the cut in all three prior major starts at the 2016 British 95

06 January 2019 2:07 PM Proteas slow over-rate sees Faf suspended for 1 Test

Cape Town - The Proteas will have to do without the services of captain, Faf du Plessis, after he was suspended for one Test by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for over-rate infringements during the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands. Needing 41 on the fourth day to secure the Test and the series, South Africa easily achieved victory on Sunday 93

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"legend" Rafael Nadal to make another comeback after it was announced on Wednesday that the injury-plagued Spaniard had withdrawn from his season-opening tournament in Brisbane.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 79

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 53

28 December 2018 5:14 AM Kyrgios bitten by spider over Christmas

Brisbane - Temperamental Australian star Nick Kyrgios revealed on Friday he was bitten by a spider over Christmas ahead of his defence of the Brisbane International. The fiery 23-year-old posted a short video on his Instagram account showing him with what appeared to be a drip in his arm and being treated by medics. He added to his nearly one million 52

25 December 2018 4:04 PM Biggest Saudi Arabia bank starts talks to create mega lender

National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia’s biggest lender, started initial talks with Riyad Bank for a merger, a deal that would create the Gulf’s third-biggest lender with $182 billion in assets. Talks may not result in a transaction, National Commercial Bank said in a statement. The lender said it has coordinated the move with the central bank and that a deal isn’t 116

22 December 2018 2:21 PM Hooked on helping: Table View's wool ladies make care bags for schoolgirls

A group of Cape Town women have been clacking their knitting needles and crochet hooks away to make brightly coloured and personalised care bags containing sanitary towels and "a little bit of bling" for girls whose families' finances are a little woolly at the moment. Erna Schmitt from The Wool Corner in Table View, which is in the north of Cape Town, said this year, 20 women 126

18 December 2018 10:25 AM Motorist heaps praise on Good Samaritan 'ooms': 'You'll never find a beautiful country like South Africa'

A young motorist has heaped praise on two Good Samaritans via social media after a punctured tyre left him stranded on his way to Bethlehem in the Free State. The opening line of his post starts with: "You'll never find a beautiful country like South Africa. "On my way to Bethlehem from Potch, I got a puncture and I was driving a friend’s bakkie, taking 65