BARCELONA – Barcelona captain Leo Messi received his sixth Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the European leagues on Wednesday.Messi won the trophy for a third straight year after scoring 36 goals, three more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.Messi’s sons Thiago and Mateo, presented their father with the trophy supervised […]

CAPE TOWN – South African sprinter and national record holder Carina Horn has vowed to clear her name through legal channels after she was provisionally suspended for the alleged use of a banned substance.In September, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)’s athletics integrity unit confirmed the provisional suspension of Horn.According to the unit, there […]

TOKYO – Attention to detail has been key to Japan’s success so far at the Rugby World Cup, with coach Jamie Joseph preparing the players in camp since January and stressing the need for different game plans for each opponent.This stretches even as far as the junior members of the squad. Before each match, the […]

JEJU – World number one Brooks Koepka on Wednesday took a big swipe at notions of a rivalry with Rory McIlroy, pointing out that the Northern Irishman had not won a major since the American joined the PGA Tour.“I’ve been out here for, what, five years. Rory hasn’t won a major since I’ve been on […]

TOKYO – In a game increasingly being dominated by giants, South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe has a warning for those who would write off the smaller players on the rugby field.“There is a saying that dynamite comes in small packages,” he told reporters on Wednesday ahead of the Springboks’ World Cup quarterfinal against Japan. “(And) […]

CAPE TOWN – Springbok Sevens captain Siviwe Soyizwapi will lead an interesting mix of experience and youth to Nairobi this week where South Africa will make a return to the Kenya Safari Sevens.South Africa last played at the event in 2012 and returned as winners from the RFUEA Ground.Soyizwapi is one of seven players in […]

LONDON – Chile striker Alexis Sanchez may need surgery on his ankle after picking up an injury in their 0-0 draw with Colombia last week, his club side Inter Milan have said.Sanchez injured tendons in his left ankle when he was fouled towards the end of the match and missed Tuesday’s friendly win over Guinea.Chile […]

LONDON (Reuters) – Anti-racism organisation Kick It Out has criticised European football’s governing body UEFA for failing to abandon Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria after England’s black players were subjected to monkey chants.The game was twice halted in the first half, first when England manager Gareth Southgate informed the UEFA delegate about incidents and […]

LAUSANNE – Female transgender athletes must lower their testosterone levels by half under new regulations introduced by the IAAF, bringing the rules into line with those for hyperandrogenous competitors such as Caster Semenya.Under the new eligibility rules announced this week, transgender athletes are no longer required to be recognised by law in their new gender […]

CAPE TOWN – Cape Town City FC coach Benni McCarthy believes playing Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout might be a turning point in their season.City is set to lock horns with Amakhosi at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.It will be the second time the two meet this season after Chiefs walked away with three […]