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21 October 2018 6:22 PM Marathon man Isner backs Wimbledon rule-change

London - John Isner has backed the change to Wimbledon's rules which will see the final set decided by a tie-break when the game score reached 12-12. The 33-year-old American was involved in the longest match in professional tennis history when he eventually overcame Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set of an 11-hour clash during the 2010 Championships 20

21 October 2018 4:06 PM Marathon runner returns to reformed Ethiopia after exile

Addis Ababa - After two years of political exile that began at the Rio Olympic Games marathon finish line the athlete Feyisa Lilesa returned home to Ethiopia on Sunday saying the African nation was now a freer place. Lilesa, now 28, won the silver medal at Rio but his anti-government protest - holding his wrists together in imaginary handcuffs in front 22

17 October 2018 5:58 AM Kyrgios 'surprised' by Russian love

Moscow - Nick Kyrgios said he was "surprised" to be cheered by the home crowd as he beat Russian youngster Andrey Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the Kremlin Cup first round on Tuesday. The temperamental Australian, seeded fifth in Moscow, fired 24 aces to win his first-ever meeting with the 20-year-old Rublev. "I love to play indoors and we played a lot with Andrey 23

16 October 2018 6:23 PM Defending champion Dzumhur beaten at Kremlin Cup

Moscow - Reigning champion Damir Dzumhur saw his Kremlin Cup title defence come to an abrupt halt on Tuesday with a first-round loss to Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov. The Bosnian, who won both the St Petersburg and Moscow tournaments last year, slumped to a 6-1 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 loss to the world number 217. Gerasimov will next face charismatic Frenchman 22

16 October 2018 1:02 PM Ethiopia gets first female defence minister

Ethiopia's new Cabinet is now a record 50% female, including a woman defense minister, after lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved the nominations put forward by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. "Our women ministers will disprove the old adage that women can't lead," Abiy said while presenting his choices. Aisha Mohammed Musa will lead the defence 29

12 October 2018 5:40 AM Record or not, Vonn to hang up her skis

Los Angeles - Lindsey Vonn says the 2018/19 World Cup ski season will be her last, whether she breaks the all-time record for victories or not. Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion and three-time Olympic medallist has 82 World Cup victories - four shy of Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark's record of 86. "If I get it, that would be a dream come true," Vonn told NBC Sports 26

11 October 2018 7:06 PM PICS: In fractured Mali, dance contest offers a sense of unity

All 3 000 seats in the cavernous Palace of Culture in Bamako had been snapped up, and the mood was at fever pitch as the TV dance competition reached its climax. The three finalists took to the floor one by one, dancing alongside a celebrity - a format familiar to viewers of talent shows around the world. But here's the difference: the three hopefuls 30

10 October 2018 6:23 PM Melania Trump: Women accusing men should 'show the evidence'

US First lady Melania Trump says women who make accusations of sexual abuse "need to be heard" and supported, but so do men. She says when there are accusations there needs to be "really hard evidence" and accusers should "show the evidence". Mrs Trump was interviewed on her Kenya trip by ABC, which aired portions on Wednesday on "Good Morning America" 30

10 October 2018 5:46 PM Kenyan marathon runner handed 4-year doping ban

Paris - Kenyan marathon runner Samuel Kalalei was handed a four-year doping ban on Wednesday after testing positive for banned blood booster EPO, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced as the African powerhouse suffered another body blow. Kalalei, 23, tested positive at April's Rotterdam marathon where he finished seventh in a time of 2h 10min 44sec, a personal 24

10 October 2018 12:00 PM Bodies of 2 kids found blindfolded in shallow grave identified as missing brother and sister

A passerby discovered the bodies - buried in a single shallow grave - behind Slovoville cemetery in Soweto. They had been blindfolded and their hands were tied, police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele told News24 at the time. On Wednesday, Makhubele told News24 that the boy, 10, and girl, 11, were brother and sister. The mother's boyfriend is the main suspect 30