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  • Anderson relieved to beat Melbourne heat

    14 January 2019 11:02 AM 85

    Melbourne - South African tennis star Kevin Anderson was relieved to come through his first round encounter in hot conditions at the Australian Open on Monday. Anderson, the fifth seed at the year’s first Grand Slam, saw off tricky Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in two hours and 53 minutes. Anderson, who has reached the fourth round at Melbourne

  • Proteas' Olivier falls short of 116-year long record

    14 January 2019 10:52 AM 90

    Cape Town - Proteas speedster Duanne Olivier fell short of making history in the three-Test series against Pakistan which concluded at the Wanderers on Monday. Olivier, 26, picked up his 24th wicket of the series in Pakistan's second innings when he bowled skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for a duck. It left Olivier needing just one more wicket to equal the record

  • Murray likely to have Wimbledon statue erected

    14 January 2019 10:50 AM 75

    London - Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is likely to be honoured with a statue at the historic Grand Slam venue, the All England Club's chief executive told the BBC. The 31-year-old Scot - who won the grasscourt Grand Slam in 2013 and 2016 - announced last on Friday retirement was on the cards due to a chronic hip injury. He then choked back tears

  • WATCH: Nadal pokes fun at sleeping journalist

    14 January 2019 10:49 AM 80

    Cape Town - Spanish world No 2 Rafael Nadal has poked fun at a journalist who appeared to fall asleep during his post-match press conference at the Australian Open on Monday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion opened his campaign with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wildcard James Duckworth. While another journalist asked a question, Nadal spotted the sleeping

  • Proteas whitewash Pakistan after Wanderers win

    14 January 2019 10:06 AM 93

    Cape Town - The Proteas have secured a series whitewash against Pakistan by winning the third Test at the Wanderers on Monday morning by 107 runs. Starting the day needing 228 runs with seven wickets in hand, Pakistan were blown away once more by the Proteas speedsters with Duanne Olivier (3/74) and Kagiso Rabada (3/75) doing the bulk of the damage as the hosts

  • Wozniacki fires into Oz Open 2nd round

    14 January 2019 10:05 AM 66

    Melbourne - Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki's bid to retain her Australian Open crown began with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium on Monday. The third seed won her maiden Slam at Melbourne Park last year and is bidding to become the first woman to defend the title since Victoria Azarenka in 2013. The Dane comfortably

  • Isner loses to Opelka in tallest ever Grand Slam match

    14 January 2019 8:18 AM 78

    Melbourne - American No 1 and ninth seed John Isner was knocked out of the Australian Open on Monday in one of the biggest shocks of the first round. The 6-foot-10 (2.08m) Isner was beaten by 6-foot-11 (2.11m) fellow American Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5) in a battle of the giants. No fewer than 87 aces were powered down between

  • AB de Villiers confirms groundbreaking trip to Pakistan

    14 January 2019 8:11 AM 85

    Cape Town - AB de Villiers has confirmed that he will play in Pakistan for the first time since 2007 in this year's Pakistan Super League (PSL). De Villiers, who retired from international cricket last year, is playing for the Lahore Qalanadars in this year's tournament. Only available for the group stages of the tournament because of family commitments

  • Sharks to start Super Rugby without Jean-Luc du Preez

    14 January 2019 7:28 AM 81

    Cape Town - The Sharks will begin their 2019 Super Rugby campaign without the services of flank Jean-Luc du Preez. It is a massive blow to the Durbanites, who rely heavily on the physicality that the 23-year-old brings to their pack. According to SARugbymag, the injury was sustained during Du Preez's three-month loan spell with English club Sale Sharks

  • Kings hooker off to Scotland

    14 January 2019 6:30 AM 107

    Cape Town - Southern Kings hooker Michael Willemse has reportedly agreed to join Scottish club Edinburgh. Netwerk24 reported on Sunday that the 25-year-old will head to Murrayfield after the current PRO14 campaign. Willemse was schooled at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth and represented Eastern Province at junior level before heading for Cape Town where