Racism nothing new in Australia

Cricket has been the main talking point as South Africa began their Test tour of Australia with a draw at the Gabba in the first of three rubbers. However, the Sunday Times carried a story about comments made by former Australian Test cricketer Greg Ritchie at a dinner at the Gabba, where he reportedly said,…

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Proteas given lesson at right time

South Africa’s tour of Australia was viewed with positivity by the punditry, this one included, for reasons advocated here. I myself predicted a 2-1 victory for South Africa, but that has already been blown out the water following the drawn first Test at the Gabba where the Australians had the better of it. South Africa, from…

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English title race to go down to the wire

The English Premier League title race has passed its quarter-mark, with a familiar look to the top three: Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City. Everton have broken the tedium through some impressive performances to be in fourth, while traditional powerhouses Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham (and perhaps Newcastle) seek greater consistency as they jostle for position below the coveted…

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Province deserve credit where it’s due

As regular readers of this blog will know, I’m a Lions fan and have been one since 1997. It might be because I favour some form of rugby schadenfreude with a gift for seeing the future, considering the Lions’ struggles over the last while especially at Super Rugby level. But the last two seasons have…

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Smith’s grand adventure begins

Graeme Smith’s Proteas have landed in Australia facing history. As the only South African captain to win in the land of the kangaroo, Smith and coach Gary Kirsten will be hoping to further entrench themselves in the country by winning their second away series in a row against the Baggy Greens. Being the first side…

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Armstrong legend ends in betrayal

The old saying goes that if something is too good to be true, it often is. Before this year, Lance Armstrong represented the ultimate story of a man’s triumph over disease and himself as the Texan went on to win seven Tour de France titles, a record. While there were always whispers of drug use,…

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Champions League off to good start

The T20 Champions League, being hosted in South Africa, has gotten off to a rollicking start, as both the Titans and Highveld Lions keeping local spirits high with fine victories over the Perth Scorchers and Mumbai Indians respectively. Fortunate enough to cover both games on the Highveld, one could see the crowds came for the…

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Sharks favourites for Currie Cup

The Currie Cup has reached its business end, with the semi-finals seeing the Sharks up against the Blue Bulls in Durban, and defending champions the Golden Lions locking horns with Western Province in Johannesburg. The Durbanites finished top of table, so if they can beat the Bulls, who romped to 50-29 victory at Ellis Park,…

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Americans pay for Ryder Cup arrogance

“Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.” Those are the words of the English romantic poet William Wordsworth, and certainly not wholly unfair, since it is a game that if watched and not played, does appear slow (mind you … some could say the same about Test cricket). But idle would…

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Boks gradually moving in the right direction

South Africa played some fine rugby in downing Australia 31-8 at Loftus Versfeld, with it being the first performance all season where the Springboks’ various limbs got their act together (mostly) to create an organic team that reaped the rewards on the scoreboard. While goal kicking still remains a problem, something the Springboks’ kicking gurus…

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