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13 November 2018 7:21 PM Cilic leads bid to dethrone Davis Cup champs France

Zagreb - World No 7 Marin Cilic will spearhead Croatia's bid for just a second Davis Cup triumph when they face France in Lille later this month, the Croatian tennis federation said on Tuesday. Cilic, 30, will be joined by Borna Coric, ranked 12th, as well as Franko Skugor, Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig, a federation statement said. "Croatia coach Zeljko 17

13 November 2018 5:38 PM Boks to make call on Faf's return after Scotland match

Cape Town - Springbok management will only make a decision on whether to recall Faf de Klerk for next Saturday’s final Test of their Outgoing Tour against Wales in Cardiff after the match against Scotland. De Klerk, who started in the No 9 jersey against France in Paris last weekend, was released on Monday to play for his English club Sale Sharks this weekend 19

13 November 2018 3:58 PM Anderson thrashes Nishikori at ATP Finals

Cape Town - Kevin Anderson handed Japan's Kei Nishikori a humiliating 6-0, 6-1 thrashing at the ATP Finals as the South African moved to the brink of a semi-final berth on Tuesday. Anderson won the first 11 games and needed only 64 minutes to demolish the woeful Nishikori in a remarkably one-sided group stage clash at London's O2 Arena. Having also won his opening 20

13 November 2018 3:22 PM Nadal set to return from injury in Abu Dhabi

Cape Town - World No 2 Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will make his return from injury at next month's Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. The 17-time Grand Slam champion joins a star-studded field that includes world No 1 Novak Djokovic, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Venus Williams for the December 27-29 exhibition event. But it is the news that Nadal 22

13 November 2018 2:30 PM Pope to visit Morocco in March

Pope Francis, who has made building bridges between Christianity and Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, will visit Morocco in March, the Vatican said on Tuesday. Francis, 81, will be the second pope to travel to Morocco, following John Paul II more than three decades ago. He will take in Rabat and Casablanca on the March 30-31 trip to the Muslim-majority 17

13 November 2018 2:12 PM Trippier ruled out of England internationals

London - Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier was ruled out of England's internationals against the USA and Croatia this week due to a groin injury, the Football Association (FA) confirmed on Tuesday. Trippier, who scored in England's World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia in July, hobbled off after just 25 minutes of Spurs' 1-0 win at Crystal Palace 19

13 November 2018 10:28 AM Retired AB: I can't wait to play again

Cape Town - Former Proteas star AB de Villiers says he is enjoying his international retirement, but he can't wait to take to the field again. Considered one of the greatest shot-makers in the history of the game, De Villiers stunned the world when he announced his retirement from international cricket in May, ending a life-long dream to win the World 17

13 November 2018 6:03 AM Japan coach Joseph praying for good weather at Twickenham

London - Japan coach Jamie Joseph says his team of "amateurs" receives less than $18 a day on tour. Meanwhile, England's players will receive $32 000 each after taking on Japan on Saturday at Twickenham. "Our home-based players are amateurs, they are employees of companies, and receive 2 000 yen a day," Joseph said on Monday. "To be here and play a team like England 17

13 November 2018 4:52 AM Boks tackle Scots without Faf

Cape Town - Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk will not be available for Saturday’s Test against Scotland in Edinburgh. De Klerk, who started in the No 9 jersey against France in Paris last weekend, was released on Monday to play for his English club Sale Sharks this weekend. It’s uncertain if De Klerk will be available for the Springboks’ final Test of their 23

12 November 2018 6:22 PM Chelsea's Hazard happy but tired

London - Eden Hazard may be feeling the effects of a gruelling schedule but the Belgium midfielder has insisted he is still enjoying life at Chelsea. The 27-year-old Hazard starred as Belgium finished an impressive third at this year's World Cup in Russia and then played his part in helping Chelsea make an unbeaten 12-match start to the Premier League 17