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  • Sharapova on the rise ahead of French Open

    21 May 2018 12:17 PM 23

    Paris - Maria Sharapova's run to the Italian Open semi-finals has earned her an 11-place jump to 29th in the latest WTA Tour rankings released on Monday. While Sharapova was moving up the charts Elina Svitolina remained at No 4 despite her successful title defence in Rome. Beaten finalist Simona Halep retains her No 1 spot with Caroline Wozniacki in second

  • Birthday boy Grace regains top SA spot

    21 May 2018 11:58 AM 21

    Cape Town - Branden Grace celebrated his 30th birthday on Sunday with a third-place finish - tying his lowest round on the PGA Tour - at the Byron Nelson tournament in Texas. Grace was playing in his first tournament since the birth of his son - Roger - who was born on April 25. The South African shot nine-under 62 in the final round to finish tied for third-place

  • Rookie Wise clinches Byron Nelson title

    21 May 2018 4:51 AM 21

    Los Angeles - Rookie Aaron Wise clinched his first PGA Tour title on Sunday with a three-shot win at the Byron Nelson tournament in Texas. The 21-year old fired a superb six-under round of 65 at Trinity Forest to finish ahead of Aussie Marc Leishman at 23-under par, and smash the tournament low-scoring record set by Rory Sabbatini in 2009 by four shots

  • From Harry & Meghan to Roland Garros

    20 May 2018 8:50 PM 21

    Paris - Just a day after attending the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Serena Williams went back to business on Sunday, enjoying her first practice session at Roland Garros ahead of the French Open. The 36-year-old Williams, a three-time champion in Paris, has yet to decide if she will compete at the season's second Grand Slam having

  • Ashton, Fernandez Lobbe, Tuisova, Radradra added to BaaBaas squad

    20 May 2018 5:48 PM 21

    Cape Town - Chris Ashton will get the chance to take on England for the first time when he lines up for the Barbarians at Twickenham next Sunday. The Toulon wing proved an instant hit at the Stade Mayol this season after moving from Saracens by scoring a Top 14 record 24 tries. Ashton scored 19 tries in 39 appearances for England before his move to France

  • 2-week ban for Franks leaves All Black free to play France

    20 May 2018 5:48 PM 23

    Wellington - All Blacks prop Owen Franks received a two-week ban on Sunday for striking an opponent, leaving him free to play against France next month, but his lack of discipline left New Zealand coach Steve Hansen fuming. Franks was suspended after pleading guilty to a swinging arm hit on Blues hooker James Parsons during Saturday's Super Rugby match

  • Leopards, Cosmos draw in ABSA Premiership play-off encounter

    20 May 2018 5:32 PM 22

    Cape Town - Black Leopards missed a brilliant opportunity to make it two wins out of two in the ABSA Premiership promotion/relegation play-offs when a late Jomo Cosmos goal saw the two sides draw 2-2 on Sunday. It was Leopards who struck first during the encounter with Mwape Musonda scoring in the 12th minute for a 1-0 lead. A mistake by goalkeeper Rotshidzwa

  • Yates extends lead with Giro Stage 15 win

    20 May 2018 4:16 PM 24

    Sappada - Britain's Simon Yates soloed to a third victory within a week on the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday to extend his overall lead as the race heads into the final stretch. But Tour de France champion Chris Froome, who won on Saturday's Monte Zoncolan summit finish, lost more time on the 176km Dolomites stage from Tolmezzo to Sappada

  • O'Brien has mixed feelings about Test debut

    20 May 2018 4:00 PM 22

    Cape Town - Kevin O'Brien says he is proud that he scored a century for Ireland in their first ever Test but was also disappointed that they did not put Pakistan under more pressure. Pakistan eventually beat the Irish side by five wickets in Malahide after the home side had fought back after being forced to follow-on as they were bowled out for just 130 in the first

  • Injured Raonic out of French Open

    20 May 2018 3:59 PM 22

    Paris - Canada's Milos Raonic, who has been battling a knee injury, pulled out of the French Open on Sunday. "It is with a heavy heart that I am withdrawing from @rolandgarros," wrote the 27-year-old on Twitter. "I have many great memories there, but I know I need to continue working hard to put myself in the best position when I step out on the court