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  • Courtois seals 'dream' move to Los Blancos

    09 August 2018 2:11 PM 36

    Cape Town - Former Atletico Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois says he has 'realised a dream' by joining Real Madrid on a six-year contract from Chelsea. The Belgium international spent three years on loan with Los Blancos' city rivals at the start of his Blues career, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League. Courtois was brought into the first

  • Chandimal returns to face Proteas after ban

    09 August 2018 12:08 PM 39

    Colombo - Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal returned to their Twenty20 squad Thursday after serving an international ban for breaching the spirit of the game. Chandimal was included in a 15-member squad for the one-off T20 that will round off South Africa's tour of the island nation Tuesday in Colombo, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. The 28-year-old

  • Stokes wishes England newcomer Pope well

    09 August 2018 11:11 AM 25

    London - Absent all-rounder Ben Stokes sent best wishes to his England team-mates, in particular debutant batsman Ollie Pope, ahead of the second Test against India at Lord's on Thursday. Stokes was left out of England's squad's for the second Test because of his ongoing trial on a charge of affray in Bristol, having taken three wickets as the hosts

  • Wallabies skipper commits to Aussie rugby

    09 August 2018 10:21 AM 20

    Cape Town - Wallabies and Waratahs flanker and captain Michael Hooper has given Australian rugby a massive boost, committing to a fresh five-year contract. The new contract will take Hooper through the next two Rugby World Cups and to the end of 2023. It's not the first five-year contract in Australian rugby - Lote Tuqiri signed a five-year deal in 2007 but was sacked

  • Aussie teenager signs for Manchester City

    09 August 2018 8:46 AM 33

    London - Australian teenager Daniel Arzani has been hailed as one of the country's "brightest young stars" by a Manchester City director after he signed for the Premier League champions on Thursday. The Iran-born 19-year-old joined from the champions' sister club Melbourne City and is expected to be sent out on loan. He was the youngest ever member of an Australia

  • Djokovic backs Davis Cup reforms

    09 August 2018 8:45 AM 31

    Toronto - Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic says he is in favour of a bid to turn the Davis Cup tournament into a season-ending Grand Slam-level showdown, as it would ease scheduling woes for the players. Currently, the Davis Cup is structured around a 16-nation World Group, contested over four weekends during the year. The remaining countries

  • Wrong Fleetwood gets $154k from Englishman's Open efforts

    09 August 2018 7:50 AM 27

    St. Louis - England's Tommy Fleetwood earned $154 000 for sharing 12th place at The Open, but reports on Wednesday showed the money was paid to American Tommy Fleetwood, a club pro at a Florida resort. The bizarre situation came to light on the eve of the 100th PGA Championship, where 11th-ranked Fleetwood will try to win his first major title at Bellerive

  • Golf world salutes Lyle after Oz player loses cancer battle

    09 August 2018 7:29 AM 30

    Cape Town - Golfers from around the world paid tribute to Jarrod Lyle on Thursday after the Australian's family announced his death at the age of 36 following a long battle with cancer. Lyle, who had two wins on the feeder tour in 2008 and played 121 PGA Tour tournaments, was diagnosed with leukaemia as a teenager and suffered a relapse in 2012. He had a bone marrow

  • Stokes punched man for abusing gay couple

    08 August 2018 6:54 PM 35

    London - England cricketer Ben Stokes claimed he punched a man for abusing another individual "for being gay", his trial heard Wednesday. Stokes, 27, is accused at Bristol Crown Court in southwest England for alleged affray, along with 27-year-old Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, 28. Stokes, jurors heard, told police in a statement that he felt forced to defend

  • Quesada ends 20-year France stay to coach Jaguares

    08 August 2018 6:34 PM 28

    Buenos Aires - Gonzalo Quesada ended his 20-year exile in France on Wednesday when the former Stade Francais flyhalf and coach agreed to join Jaguares in his native Argentina as coach to succeed Mario Ledesma who has taken charge of the national team. "I have accepted this challenge for emotional reasons; if it was for economic conditions then I would