MIYAZAKI – England captain Owen Farrell said Saturday that memories of the team’s horror World Cup four years ago will be a driving force as they seek redemption in Japan.Farrell, part of the Stuart Lancaster-coached England side that became the first host nation to fail to reach the knockout stage, warned they were a different […]

(Reuters) – Such is Steve Smith’s dominance during a stellar Ashes campaign, his dismissal for 80 on day two at The Oval was something of a triumph for England’s dogged pacemen and a cause for celebration in the British media.For Australia, however, the lone half-century of the innings was another reminder of their chronic batting […]

CAPE TOWN – The funeral service for World Cup-winning Springbok winger Chester Williams is being held at the Newlands rugby stadium in Cape Town. Williams died last week.WATCH: Rugby fans say farewell to Bok legend Chester Williams[embedded content]

CAPE TOWN – A large crowd of family, friends and former teammates of the late Chester Williams have paid their final respects to him.Williams, a former Springbok great, died a week ago after suffering a heart attack.Dozens of people are gathered at the Newlands Rugby Stadium in Cape Town, where a funeral service was held […]

LONDON – England extended their lead over Australia to 157 runs by lunch on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test on Saturday as they chase a series-levelling victory at the Oval.Joe Denly was unbeaten on 37 and Ben Stokes had yet to get off the mark as the home side seek to put […]

LONDON, United Kingdom – Chelsea manager Frank Lampard confirmed midfielder N’Golo Kante will not return for Saturday’s visit to Wolves in the Premier League and faces a race against time to make Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Valencia.Kante has not featured since a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester nearly a month ago.“He still has […]

CAPE TOWN – Day One of a crucial Euro/Africa Group 2 Davis Cup between South Africa and Bulgaria saw two nations level up 1-1 in the tie match at Kevin Grove Club on Friday.The first game of the day saw Lloyd Harris giving Capetonians hope after defeating Alexandar Lazarov 6-4 6-7 (3) 6-3 in front […]

CAPE TOWN – Six men and eight women with IAAF Gold Label Status will be on the starting line of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on Sunday to take on the 42.2km.South Africa’s hopes will rest firmly on the shoulders of Elroy Gelant, who will be racing in only his second-ever marathon, having run his […]

TOKYO – Two octopuses in Obira, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, have predicted the hosts of the Rugby World Cup will not progress from their pool when the tournament begins later this month.The two molluscs selected the result of each of the host’s pool matches by moving to certain areas of a children’s […]

TOKYO – Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka announced on Friday she was splitting with her coach, her second break-up this year as she battles for form and slips down the world rankings.On the eve of the Pan Pacific Open tournament in Osaka, western Japan, the 21-year-old announced she would no longer be working with Jermaine […]