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  • Kohli falls as Australia strikes put India on ropes

    06 December 2018 5:29 AM 23

    Adelaide - Australia grabbed three early wickets, including the prized scalp of star batsman Virat Kohli, to have India on the ropes early on the opening day of the first Test in Adelaide. Batting after Kohli won the toss on a day when temperatures are forecast to hit 39 Celsius, the visitors crumbled under an opening barrage from quicks Mitchell Starc

  • Suarez close to recovery, says Barca boss Valverde

    05 December 2018 5:51 PM 27

    Barcelona - Ernesto Valverde is optimistic Luis Suarez will be fit to face Espanyol on Saturday, three days before Barcelona take on Tottenham in the Champions League. Suarez has been out with a knee injury since Barca's draw with Atletico Madrid on November 24, but the Uruguayan could be available for this weekend's Catalan derby in La Liga. Barcelona

  • Modric rewarded for 'wonderful year'

    05 December 2018 5:15 PM 34

    Madrid - Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was a deserved winner of the Ballon d'Or award after a "wonderful year" for both club and country, Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Modric won a third straight Champions League title with Real and was the driving force in a Croatia team that reached the World Cup final

  • Pirates too good for Light Stars in Champions League

    05 December 2018 2:49 PM 24

    Cape Town - Orlando Pirates eased into the first round of the CAF Champions League as they defeated Seychelles outfit Light Stars 3-1 on Wednesday. Coach Milutin Sredojevic made a raft of his changes to his starting line-up in the contest, as he looks ahead to the Telkom Knockout final on Saturday against Baroka at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth

  • Black Caps face uphill battle after Azhar, Shafiq tons

    05 December 2018 2:16 PM 22

    Abu Dhabi - Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq hit centuries to leave Pakistan in command of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi despite a batting collapse that curtailed their first-innings lead. Azhar hit an attractive 134 for his 15th Test hundred while Shafiq scored 104, but debutant New Zealand off-spinner Will Somerville took four wickets

  • Double RWC winner Vito extends La Rochelle contract

    05 December 2018 7:48 AM 25

    La Rochelle - New Zealand's two-time Rugby World Cup winner Victor Vito has signed a three-year contract extension with La Rochelle, the club announced on Tuesday. Vito, who lifted the Webb Ellis trophy both in 2011 and four years later, joined the Top 14 club in 2016 and was named the league's player of the season during his first campaign in France

  • Australia axe Marsh as Khawaja returns against India

    05 December 2018 4:58 AM 32

    Sydney - Australia sprang a surprise by axing all-rounder Mitch Marsh on Wednesday for the first Test against India, as Usman Khawaja's return was confirmed despite the shock of his brother's arrest. Batsmen Travis Head and Peter Handscomb were preferred to Marsh, piling more pressure on the bowlers, while Marcus Harris will make his debut as opener

  • Coetzee vows to keep SA Open emotions in check

    04 December 2018 6:28 PM 32

    Cape Town - Like every South African golfer in the field at Randpark Golf Club this week, George Coetzee is doing his best to manage his emotions and expectations ahead of the South African Open. The SA Open will, for the first time in its history be a tri-sanctioned between the Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour, and will retain the three qualifying

  • Pakistan's Hafeez to retire from Test cricket

    04 December 2018 1:28 PM 30

    Abu Dhabi - Struggling Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez said Tuesday he was retiring from Test cricket after the ongoing third and final match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. The 38-year-old has managed just 66 runs in seven innings since scoring a hundred against Australia in Dubai last month following his recall to five-day cricket. The Abu Dhabi

  • PRO14 coach upset at SA ref’s performance

    04 December 2018 12:04 PM 31

    Cape Town - Cardiff Blues coach John Mulvihill was not happy with the performance of South African referee Stuart Berry during his side’s 16-12 defeat to Ulster at the weekend. Mulvihill told BBC Sport he will talk to the tournament’s referees boss Greg Garner about the display of Berry and his fellow officials in the game in Belfast. Mulvihil said the Blues