JOHANNESBURG – Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the Ellis Park tragedy is a disaster that should never happen again. On 11 April 2001, 43 people were trampled to death and many others injured in a stampede at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg during a soccer match between Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and […]

LONDON – Sports authorities in Britain are in talks over moving matches next Saturday following confirmation that Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at Windsor Castle on 17 April. A national minute’s silence will be observed as the ceremonial royal funeral begins at 1400 GMT. The funeral will take place on a busy sporting weekend […]

JOHANNESBURG – African giants Zamalek of Egypt failed to reach the CAF Champions League quarter-finals Saturday, despite scoring four goals in 25 minutes to hammer Teungueth of Senegal 4-1 in Cairo. A bold Group D comeback by the five-time African champions in the final two matchdays ultimately proved futile as Mouloudia Alger of Algeria came […]

LONDON – Newcastle took a big step towards securing their Premier League survival with a vital 2-1 win at Burnley, while Manchester United prepared for a revenge mission against Tottenham on Sunday. Steve Bruce’s side came from behind at Turf Moor to end their seven-game winless run. Matej Vydra put Burnley ahead in the first […]

LONDON – Manchester City’s march to the Premier League title stalled on Saturday as 10-man Leeds beat the runaway leaders 2-1, while Liverpool climbed into fourth place after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s late strike sealed a 2-1 win against Aston Villa. City are counting down to their third title in four seasons, but Stuart Dallas’s stoppage-time strike […]

MANCHESTER – Manchester City suffered just a fourth Premier League defeat of the season as 10-man Leeds United shocked the runaway leaders thanks to Stuart Dallas’s double in a 2-1 win at the Etihad on Saturday. Dallas opened the scoring three minutes before half-time, but hope of a famous win for Marcelo Bielsa’s men seemed […]

Madrid, Spain – Zinedine Zidane on Friday said that he hoped Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos won’t have played their last Clasicos come the end of the season, with doubts over the futures of the Barcelona and Real Madrid captains ahead of a huge La Liga encounter. Both players’ contracts are up at the end […]

PARIS, France – Kylian Mbappe is not distracted by rumours of a possible move to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino insisted on Friday. The France World Cup-winning superstar has long been linked with an eventual move to Madrid, who courted him as a teenager before he signed for first club Monaco. His current […]

JOHANNESBURG – Recently-appointed South African white-ball captain Temba Bavuma has been ruled out of the Twenty20 international series against Pakistan, which starts on Saturday, because of a hamstring injury. It is a further blow to South Africa, who are already missing five leading players because of Indian Premier League commitments. Wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen will take […]

TOKYO, Japan – Japan’s government approved tighter coronavirus measures for the capital and other areas on Friday, weeks after lifting a state of emergency and with just over 100 days until the postponed Tokyo Olympics. The new restrictions are far less severe than the blanket lockdowns seen in other countries and mainly call for restaurants […]