TOKYO – Coach Jamie Joseph insisted that World Cup hosts Japan will have no fear going into their final warm-up against revenge-seeking South Africa after naming a strong team Wednesday.The last time the teams met, hitherto tournament no-hopers Japan stunned the Springboks 34-32 on the English south coast in their opening game of the 2015 […]

JOHANNESBURG – The consequences of attacks on foreign nationals continue to be felt in the country with the presidents of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Rwanda now cancelling their participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa gathering in Cape Town.This follows hot on the heel’s of Zambia’s decision to pull its national […]

JOHANNESBURG – Banyana Banyana‘s hopes of qualifying for a third Olympic Games are over following defeat to Botswana in a penalty shootout.The two-legged qualifier had ended goalless after 120 minutes on Tuesday night at the FNB Stadium.And it was up to the lottery of penalties to decided who advanced to the final round of qualifiers, […]

JOHANNESBURG – Zambia’s football association has called off its friendly match against South Africa due to xenophobic attacks.Chipolopolo and Bafana Bafana were scheduled to square off on Saturday in Zambia.In a statement released on Tuesday evening, the Football Association of Zambia wrote: “The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) regrets to inform members of the public […]

TOKYO – Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus Wednesday named a full-strength side to play Japan, as the two-time champions bid to put down a World Cup marker and avenge the biggest upset in the game’s history.Captain Siya Kolisi comes back into the side after fully recovering from a knee injury – the only change from the […]

PARIS – The transfer window shut gently across much of Europe with a flurry of loan deals instead of the anticipated bang of a mega-move.Several big-name players did change clubs on loans, including Mauro Icardi moving to Paris Saint-Germain from Inter Milan and Nikola Kalinic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan going out to Roma from Atletico Madrid […]

LONDON – Alexis Sanchez believes his failure to shine in a dismal 18 months at Manchester United prior to joining Inter Milan on loan was due to a lack of opportunities.The Chilean moved to Italy on a 10-month loan deal last week with United still paying a large chunk of his reported £400,000 ($484,000) week […]

BENGALURU – India captain Virat Kohli has declared Jasprit Bumrah as “the most complete bowler in world cricket” after the quick’s stellar performance in their 2-0 series sweep against West Indies.Set an improbable target of 468 late on day three, West Indies lost their final six wickets for 51 runs and were bowled out of […]

NEW YORK – Rafael Nadal ramped up his quest for a fourth US Open title Monday with an impressive win over 2014 champion Marin Cilic to advance to the quarterfinals while Alexander Zverev slumped to a four-set defeat.Second seed Nadal – the winner at Flushing Meadows in 2010, 2013 and 2017 – produced some electrifying […]

MANCHESTER – Australia head into the fourth Test at Old Trafford starting Wednesday hoping Steve Smith and the boxer Muhammad Ali can revive their campaign following the hurt they felt at having the Ashes “stolen” from them by England.The tourists were on the brink of retaining the Ashes only for Ben Stokes’s superb 135 not […]