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  • Specman eager to prove he belongs in Super Rugby

    16 January 2019 9:31 AM 492

    Cape Town - Bulls wing Rosko Specman is eager to prove that he belongs in the XV-man code. Specman made headlines in sevens rugby over the past few seasons and was a vital member of the Blitzboks team that won consecutive World Rugby Sevens Series crowns. But the 29-year-old is now committed to the XV-man code and has been included in the Bulls’ Super

  • Morris survives injury scare, keeps World Cup dream alive

    16 January 2019 9:18 AM 296

    Cape Town - Chris Morris is running out of time to put his hand up for the Proteas' 2019 World Cup squad, and there was a moment of concern on Tuesday when he left the field with an injured finger during day two of the Titans' 4-Day Franchise Series clash against the Highveld Lions in Benoni. Morris, surprisingly left out of the Proteas squad for the first

  • In-form Kvitova steams into Australian Open Round 3

    16 January 2019 9:02 AM 495

    Melbourne - Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova cruised into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday, with her vanquished opponent Irina-Camelia Begu tipping the Czech eighth seed for the title. Kvitova never looked troubled as she downed Begu 6-1, 6-3 in 69 minutes. "If you're gonna play like that you're gonna win it," the Romanian said as she congratulated

  • I dug insanely deep, says Tiafoe after Anderson upset

    16 January 2019 8:48 AM 294

    Melbourne - Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt's right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his chest and yelled, "Yeah! Let's go! Let's go! Come on!" Forgive the young American's exuberance. This was, after all, the biggest victory of his nascent career. Down a set and 3-0 in the second, the 20-year-old

  • Bevin wins Tour Down Under Stage 2 to lead

    16 January 2019 7:26 AM 500

    Adelaide - New Zealand time-trial champion Patrick Bevin swooped to take his first cycling World Tour stage and claim the overall lead in Australia's Tour Down Under on Wednesday. Bevin, 27, riding for the CCC Team, capitalised on confusion in the peloton sparked by a mass crash inside the final kilometre of the 122km second stage to power home in the finish

  • Anderson suffers shock Australian Open defeat

    16 January 2019 6:00 AM 447

    Melbourne - South Africa's Kevin Anderson was upset by unseeded American Frances Tiafoe in the Australian Open second round on Wednesday. The 20-year-old Tiafoe, who is ranked 39th on the ATP Tour rankings, shocked the fifth-seeded Anderson 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. Anderson had gone into the match holding a 3-0 head-to-head advantage against Tiafoe and was looking

  • Tsitsipas reveals he's a massive Serena fan

    16 January 2019 5:49 AM 452

    Melbourne - Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas lavished bucket loads of praise upon American superstar Serena Williams after his 4-set opening round Australian Open win in Melbourne. After practicing with Williams after the recent Hopman Cup he was suitably impressed. "She was practicing really good. I would probably say even better than some of the male players

  • Top young Italian cyclist out of coma after car crash

    16 January 2019 5:15 AM 264

    Paris - Teenage Italian cyclist Samuele Manfredi has emerged from a coma more than a month after a serious accident in training, his team announced on Tuesday. The 18-year-old who rides for French outfit Groupama-FDJ was rushed to a hospital with head injuries after being run over by a car in his home town of Pietra Ligure in north-west Italy and placed

  • Tsitsipas continues Greek odyssey with tough Troicki win

    16 January 2019 4:20 AM 439

    Melbourne - Stefanos Tsitsipas is already the highest ranked Greek man in history and the first to win an Australian Open match, and his odyssey continued on Wednesday when he reached last 32. But the 20-year-old 14th seed didn't have it all his own way against Serbian veteran Viktor Troicki in a hard-fought 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win that set up a third-round

  • Oosthuizen leads SA charge in Abu Dhabi

    15 January 2019 6:05 PM 445

    Cape Town - Louis Oosthuizen will lead the South African charge at the opening European Tour event of the year, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Oosthuizen joins 15 of his fellow countrymen this week in a star-studded field at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, which gets under way on Wednesday. Oosthuizen, who is SA's top-ranked golfer, will look to continue his form into the new year following