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  • WC 2014: Let’s hit the ground running (1)

    December 15, 2013 8:52 AM 237

    We cannot deny the fact that Brazil has earned its revered status in football. William Hill, in his ‘World Cup History — the Facts and Stats’ reminds us that “The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it”. But what makes this vast, not too hot/not too cold, multi-racial South American country the epitome of football excellence and sets it apart

  • Eagles’ win good for Chan

    December 15, 2013 8:48 AM 54

    Super Eagles midfielder, Ugonna Uzochukwu has said the side's strong showing against newly promoted Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Prisons FC clearly showed their preparedness for next month's African Nations Championship (Chan) in South Africa. The Eagles on Friday at the Fifa Goal Project Ground, Abuja defeated the NNL side 4-1 in their first

  • Australians find way to make it hard for tourists

    December 15, 2013 3:30 AM 64

    Hosts' homework has paid rich dividends in this Ashes series, says Michael Vaughan In Kevin Pietersen's case, Australia have played on his talent and ego incredibly well. They stationed two men on the leg-side catching in the first four innings and his inability to say, "right I am going to play elsewhere", was his downfall. His ego told him to play the same way and he was caught

  • Nigeria will break Argentine jinx in Brazil, says Peter Rufai

    December 14, 2013 11:00 PM 70

    The former Deportivo La Coruna player who was in goal for the Nigerian team that lost 2-1 to the Albiceleste at the USA '94 World Cup also believes that the big names in the Argentine squad don’t scare Stephen Keshi's players. Nigeria have since lost thrice to the South Americans at the World Cup. “This time that jinx is going to be broken. This is the inspiration

  • Januzaj would be happy to stay at Man Utd 'for life'

    December 14, 2013 6:23 PM 52

    Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj has said that he never wants to leave the club and could play at Old Trafford for all his life. According to the Mirror, the 18-year-old whizzkid signed a new five-year contract earlier this year but now insists he is ready to commit himself to Old Trafford for even longer. Januzaj, who made his Champions League

  • Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo Refers To Gareth Bale As Incredible

    December 14, 2013 2:56 PM 54

    Bale has scored nine goals in his first 14 appearances for the Spanish giants since his record-breaking move from Tottenham in the summer. There has been no issue with Bale and Ronaldo fitting into the same side, and the Portuguese is delighted for the Welshman. "Also, he had great pressure on him but now he is in great form and we are all helping him. "The fans love him now and he is a fantastic

  • The Analyst: Joe Root's dismissal upheld

    December 14, 2013 1:54 PM 48

    BBC Sport's cricket analyst Simon Hughes explains why the sport's review technology could not rescue Joe Root when he was given out on day two of the third Ashes Test. England's grip on the Ashes slipped still further as they closed on 180-4, still 205 runs adrift of Australia.

  • Stuck in a world of racist stereotypes

    December 14, 2013 12:22 PM 58

    December 14 2013 at 02:16pm By Nkareng Matshe Johannesburg – It’s amazing how next year’s World Cup hosts, Brazil, in spite of being beset by internal problems relating to their readiness for the tournament, have enjoyed a fairly positive press coverage from almost all corners of the world. In the last few weeks, there have been incidents which, had they happened

  • Grace swings into contention

    December 14, 2013 9:46 AM 114

    December 14 2013 at 11:42am By SAPA Johannesburg - The chaotic weather delays at the Nelson Mandela Championship tempered Branden Grace as he rediscovered his putting confidence en route to a second-round 66 at Mount Edgecombe Country Club on Friday. “I hit a great drive just short of the green and hit a good flop shot over the bunker to about five feet. “I had a good, positive

  • A little more Grace for Madiba

    December 14, 2013 6:35 AM 43

    On the eve of the state funeral of Nelson Mandela, Branden Grace is hoping to pay his own tribute to South Africa’s greatest statesman by winning the Nelson Mandela Championship at Mount Edgecombe Country Club on Saturday. Grace is four strokes off the lead of England’s Daniel Brooks after the completion of the suspended second round on Saturday morning