DOUALA – Nigeria, the top performers so far in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, were paired with arch rivals Ghana in the African World Cup play-offs draw in Douala on Saturday. Ghana will have home advantage first and both legs will be played between March 21 and 29 with the aggregate winners […]

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have weathered a troubled preparation to become one of the favourites to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). A coach installed less than a month to kick off as well as missing multiple key players meant Nigeria started on the back foot in a tournament they haven’t won […]

MELBOURNE – World number two Daniil Medvedev was stepping up his march towards the Australian Open men’s title as former finalist Simona Halep swept into the second week in Melbourne and Aryna Sabalenka overcame the serving yips on Saturday. Halep swatted aside Danka Kovinic, the conqueror of US Open champion Emma Raducanu, 6-2, 6-1 in […]

CAPE TOWN – After COVID-19 disruptions that led to a rejigged rugby schedule, the Vodacom United Rugby Championship resumes in South Africa this weekend for the first time since early December, with two games happening in Gauteng. On Saturday, the Emirates Lions host the Cell C Sharks in Johannesburg while the Vodacom Bulls take on […]

PAARL – India won the toss and decided to bat in the second one-day international against South Africa at Boland Park in Paarl on Friday. India were seeking to strike back after losing the first match by 31 runs at the same venue on Wednesday. “It is the second game on the same strip,” said […]

MELBOURNE – Victoria Azarenka crushed 15th seed Elina Svitolina in the Australian Open third round Friday as she tries to climb back to the top of women’s tennis, ahead of top attractions Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka taking to court in Melbourne. World number one Barty and defending champion Osaka can set up a mouth-watering […]

LONDON – Jurgen Klopp saluted “world-class” Diogo Jota after the Portugal forward fired Liverpool into the League Cup final against Chelsea with a double in Thursday’s 2-0 win at Arsenal. Jota put Liverpool on course for Wembley with a first half strike and he clinched their berth with a late second goal in the semi-final […]

DOUALA – Reigning champions Algeria were dumped out of the Africa Cup of Nations after an abject 3-1 defeat against the Ivory Coast as the group stage came to a conclusion on Thursday with Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea and tiny tournament debutants the Comoros all securing places in the last 16. Franck Kessie, Ibrahim Sangare and […]

MELBOURNE, Australia – “Frustrated” three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray was stunned by Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in straight sets in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday. The 120th-ranked Daniel ambushed the former world number one 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in 2hr 48min on John Cain Arena to reach the third round of […]

NEW DELHI, India – Virat Kohli became India’s leading run-scorer in away one-day internationals as he hit an energetic half-century against South Africa just days after his shock exit as Test skipper. Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s India record for most runs in away ODIs during his 51-run knock in the first of the three matches […]