JOHANNESBURG – Off-spin bowler Simon Harmer was on Wednesday named in the South African squad for two Test matches in New Zealand next month, ending a six-year absence from the national team. The 32-year-old played the most recent of his five Tests against India in November 2015 before signing a Kolpak contract with English county […]

LONDRES, United Kingdom – English cricket is back in the firing line over racism in the game after “stereotypical” and “outdated” views were expressed about the reasons for a lack of interest in the game among Britain’s ethnic-minority communities. Former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq delivered harrowing testimony to lawmakers in November in which he said […]

JOHANNESBURG – Investec has reaffirmed its commitment to women’s golf with a sponsorship agreement with 28-year-old pro golfer Zethu Myeki. She joins three other countrywomen, Lejan Lewthwaite, Nicole Garcia and Stacy Bregman under the umbrella of the African international banking and wealth management group. Irish player Stephanie Meadow, who recently signed a new four-year renewal […]

LONDON – England captain Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the entire Six Nations with an ankle injury, coach Eddie Jones said on Wednesday. It had been hoped that Farrell would be fit in time for England’s tournament opener away to Scotland on 5 February, having been sidelined since suffering an earlier ankle injury […]

MELBOURNE – Danielle Collins and Iga Swiatek will meet in the Australian Open semi-finals after vastly contrasting wins in the last eight on Wednesday. Collins swept past unseeded Alize Cornet in just 88 minutes to match her run to the last four in 2019. But seventh seed Swiatek had to fight back from a set […]

YAOUNDE – Achraf Hakimi scored a brilliant free-kick to send Morocco through to the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations after a 2-1 win over Malawi on Tuesday. Gabadinho Mhango gave outsiders Malawi, playing their first ever knockout game at the tournament, a shock early lead with a stunning goal from 40 metres at […]

YAOUNDE – African football supremo Patrice Motsepe says an “inexplicable” decision to keep an entry gate closed was responsible for the deadly crush which killed eight people before an Africa Cup of Nations match in Cameroonian capital Yaounde on Monday. “That gate was supposed to be open because if it was open they would have […]

YAOUNDÉ – The Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final due to be played at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde will be switched to another venue after Monday’s deadly crush, African football supremo Patrice Motsepe revealed and called for an investigation into the tragedy. “The game that is scheduled for Olembe Stadium on Sunday…is going to take […]

MELBOURNE – Rafael Nadal dug deep into his immense reserves of resilience for the second match running to keep his dream of a 21st Grand Slam title alive at the Australian Open on Tuesday, as unseeded American Madison Keys reached the women’s semifinals. Nadal raced to a two-set quarterfinal lead against Denis Shapovalov but then […]

YAOUNDE – Hosts Cameroon set up an Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal against Gambia but only after labouring to a 2-1 win over a Comoros side who were forced to start an outfield player in goal and played most of Monday’s game with 10 men. Left-back Chaker Alhadhur started between the posts for the Comoros […]