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  • Hockey World Cup: Germany drub South Africa 40 June 1, 2014

    The Hague: Olympic champions Germany on Sunday kickstarted their campaign to reclaim the World Cup title with a 40 drubbing of South Africa at the Kyocera Stadium here. Germany, beaten by Australia in the final in 2010 at New Delhi, were winners of successive World Cup titles in 2002 and 2006. South...
  • Graeme Smith has no plans to retire from cricket May 31, 2014

    Cape Town: Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has no immediate plans to retire despite suffering another serious injury and sending what seemed a farewell message earlier this week. Smith, who is set for surgery in Cape Town after fracturing his knee playing for English county side Surrey, told South Africa's...
  • India beat South Africa 41 in final practice game ahead of hockey World Cup May 29, 2014

    A spirited India defeated South Africa 41 in their final practice game to round off their warmup campaign ahead of the hockey World Cup on a positive note. India had earlier lost 12 to Argentina in the first practice game. Hit hard by injuries to two key strikers Ramandeep Singh and...
  • 2014 Men's Hockey World Cup: Format and Schedule May 27, 2014

    The 13th edition of the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup commences at The Hague, Netherlands, on May 31 with the world's top 12 teams in the fray to win the silverware. India, who had their only World Cup success 34 years ago in 1975 under Ajit Pal Singh, are ranked...
  • Zuma swornin as South African president for second term May 24, 2014

    Jacob Zuma was on Saturday swornin as South Africa's President for a second consecutive term and vowed to spearhead a "radical social economic transformation" to eradicate corruption that has plagued Africa's second largest economy. In his first address to the nation after taking oath, President Zuma said his second term was...
  • South Africa confirms ruling party win after count May 10, 2014

    South Africa's election commission completed a vote count that confirms the ruling African National Congress as the winner but also shows the strengthening of prominent opposition groups, according to results on Saturday. The government said the election and its aftermath had gone smoothly, despite some scattered delays and disruptions, and an...
  • ANC wins South Africa national election with a huge margin May 10, 2014

    Johannesburg: South Africa's ruling African National Congress won the 2014 national election with 62.16 percent of the votes, the electoral commission said on Friday. The provisional result shows the ANC's main rival, the Democratic Alliance (DA), took 22.22 per cent, while the ultraleft Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) managed 6.35 per cent. ...
  • South Africa's ruling ANC takes lead in election May 9, 2014

    Pretoria: The ruling African National Congress (ANC) took a clear lead on Thursday in South Africa's first "Born Free" election, featuring voters with no memory of the whiteminority rule that ended in 1994. Election officials said they were investigating a shooting death in rural KwaZuluNatal, the home of President Jacob Zuma....
  • South Africans vote in first 'Born Free' election May 7, 2014

    Johannesburg: South Africans voted in the first "Born Free" election on Wednesday, with the image of the ruling African National Congress as conqueror of apartheid likely to appeal even to those with no memory of whiteminority rule. Voters young and old wrapped up against the early winter chill to stand in...
  • UK: Over 60 children fall ill on Londonbound flight May 6, 2014

    London: More than 60 children were reported fell ill on Monday morning aboard a Londonbound flight after finishing their performance in South Africa. According to the media, London Ambulance Service on Monday morning was called to check over the group of children, whose flight was just landed at the Heathrow Airport,...
  • India slip to fifth in ICC's Test team rankings May 1, 2014

    Dubai: India's dismal performance in the international season gone by pushed them down the ladder in the ICC Test rankings with the team finishing fifth in the annual updated list issued on Thursday. Australia have gone top in both the formats for the first time since December 2008. Australia last held...
  • South African police arrest cannibalism suspect April 26, 2014

    Police in South Africa say they have arrested a fugitive from neighboring Lesotho who had escaped from a prison where he was awaiting trial after allegedly confessing to cannibalism and two murders in 2012. Police said Friday that the 27yearold suspect, Makhele Lehlohonolo Joseph Scott, was living on a church's premises...
  • India get richer for finishing third ranked Test side April 15, 2014

    Dubai: India on Tuesday received a cheque of $265,000 for finishing third, while South Africa pocketed $475,000 for claiming the top position in the ICC Test Team Rankings at the April 1 cut-off date. While South Africa finished as the number one team, Australia claimed the second position and won $370,000. England,...
  • CSA lauds Dale Steyn on top cricket award April 9, 2014

    Cricket South Africa has lauded fast bowler Dale Steyn on being named the Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2014 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, which was published on Wednesday. "South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World for 2013, a year in which he...
  • I took Reeva's life: Oscar Pistorius tells South African court April 9, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius told a South African court on Wednesday that his girlfriend died in his arms, blood pouring from her body, as he tried to revive her after shooting her by mistake. Facing questioning from prosecutor Gerrie Nel for the first time in his murder trial, Pistorius admitted killing Reeva...
  • Oscar Pistorius breaks down while recalling shooting April 9, 2014

    Pretoria: A subdued Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday described dinner at home, chatting and looking at cell phone photos with Reeva Steenkamp on the last night of her life. Then he erupted in anguished howls and heaving sobs while testifying at his murder trial about the moments when he says he...
  • Relations with girlfriend Reeva sometimes troubled: Oscar Pistorius April 8, 2014

    Testifying in his murder trial on Tuesday, Oscar Pistorius said he and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp sometimes had troubles in their relationship but that they sorted them out, were in love and were planning a life together. Pistorius said he was "besotted" with the 29-year-old model when they started dating and "if...
  • Indian-origin honeymoon murder suspect Dewani extradited to S Africa April 8, 2014

    London: UK-based Indian-origin businessman Shrien Dewani was on Monday extradited to South Africa to stand trial for allegedly plotting the 2010 murder of his Indo-Swedish wife while on their honeymoon. Dewani, 34, was put on a flight to Cape Town from Heathrow to face a charge for ordering the contract...
  • It was my best Twenty20 knock, says Virat Kohli April 5, 2014

    Mirpur: Virat Kohli termed his unbeaten 72-run innings against South Africa on Friday night as his "best knock" considering the importance of the match although he said he had batted better than this on several other occasions. "If you look at the importance of this match (World T20 semi-final), then certainly...
  • World T20: India blow away South Africa in semi-final April 5, 2014

    Led by Virat Kohli's knock of 72, India chased down South Africa's total of 172 with ease to enter World T20 final. ...
  • Virat Kohli gratefully accepts gift from skipper Dhoni April 5, 2014

    When Virat Kohli accepted the man of the match award on Friday, it was the second gift he had received in quick succession. With the scores level in the World Twenty20 semi-final against South Africa, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni could not have asked for a more innocuous delivery as...
  • Virat Kohli is in love with run-chases April 5, 2014

    There's such an inevitability about Virat Kohli anchoring India's run-chases in limited-overs cricket, and it once again came to the fore in Mirpur on Friday, when a victory over South Africa earned India another shot at the ICC World Twenty20 trophy. The target of 173 had the pressure of a semi-final...
  • We were positive about chasing the target, says MS Dhoni April 4, 2014

    Mirpur: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said there was a "sense of calmness" in the innings break as the team backed itself to chase down the 173-run target set by South Africa in the ICC World T20 semi-final, here on Friday night. "There was a sense of calmness in the dressing...
  • World T20: Kohli, Ashwin star as India hammer South Africa to enter final against Sri Lanka April 4, 2014

    There's such an inevitability about Virat Kohli anchoring India's run-chases in limited-overs cricket, and it once again came to the fore in Mirpur on Friday, when a victory over South Africa earned India another shot at the ICC World Twenty20 trophy. The target of 173 had the pressure of a semi-final...
  • As it happened: India vs Sri Lanka, World T20 2nd semi-final April 4, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) R Ashwin took 3/22 in South Africa's 172/4 while Virat Kohli once again anchored India's chase with a knock of 72 not out in the semi-final at Mirpur. Pre-match: After rain played spoilsport in the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20...
  • England women cruise to World Twenty20 final April 4, 2014

    Mirpur: Veteran skipper Charlotte Edwards and young Sarah Taylor batted sensibly to chase down a paltry total and help England women beat South Africa by nine wickets to enter the final of the ICC Women's World T20 on Friday. The English women will meet their Australian counterparts in the final on...
  • South Africa are in safe hands, says former captain Graeme Smith April 4, 2014

    Graeme Smith believes South Africa are in safe hands, despite his retirement as captain and the recent departures of coach Gary Kirsten and allrounder Jacques Kallis, because the squad are still brimming with experience. Smith announced his retirement in March after 12 years, more than 9,000 test runs and 27 centuries...
  • WT20 semi-final: India on a roll but South Africa a tough nut April 4, 2014

    After rain played spoilsport in the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 and threatening to ruin the second where India take on South Africa on Friday, the weathermen in Mirpur have forecast another strong thunderstorm in the evening on April 4. But India, who have been on a...
  • Thunderstorm forecast during India's WT20 semi-final against SA April 4, 2014

    With the weather playing a spoilsport during Thursday's first ICC World T20 semi-final clash between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Mirpur, cricket lovers would expect a rain-free day during the second semi-final between India and South Africa to be played at the same venue on Friday. However, as per...