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Rabada decimates Bangladesh as South Africa win by innings and 254 runs

Sunday, 8 October 2017

South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada bagged another five-wicket haul to take his test match tally past 100 as his side wrapped up a comprehensive innings and 254-run victory over Bangladesh on Sunday. Having grabbed five wickets in the first innings, Rabada ripped through the Bangladesh batting order again on the third day of the second test at the Mangaung Oval. He finished with match figures of 10-63 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 172 in their second innings after being asked to ...

South Africa’s Duminy calls time on test career

Saturday, 16 September 2017

South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy has decided to quit test cricket but will continue to feature in the shorter formats of the game, the 33-year-old said on Saturday. Duminy was dropped from the Proteas squad after the first test at Lord’s in a four-match series against England in July and has since not featured in the longest format. In 46 tests, Duminy scored 2,103 runs at an average of 32.85. He also picked up 42 wickets with his off-spin. “After long and careful deliberation, ...

Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe says model attacked her with knife

Monday, 11 September 2017

Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe, has denied assaulting South African model Gabriella Engels with an electric cable in a Johannesburg hotel suite last month, saying an “intoxicated and unhinged” Engels attacked her with a knife. In a previously unreported Aug. 17 deposition seen by Reuters, Mugabe countered 20-year-old Engels’ version, portraying herself as the victim after intervening on behalf of her adult sons Chatunga and Robert Junior who were “in trouble ...

World Cup qualifier to be replayed after match-fixing by ref

Thursday, 7 September 2017

FIFA on Wednesday ordered that a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal be replayed after the referee was found guilty of match manipulation and banned for life.South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 in the qualifier last November, helped by a penalty awarded by Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey for a non-existent handball.That result will be annulled and the game will be replayed this November, FIFA said, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the life ban for Lamptey.FIFA found ...

South African model challenges Grace Mugabe’s immunity after alleged assault

Thursday, 24 August 2017

A South African model who was allegedly attacked by Zimbabwe’s first lady has filed court papers challenging the government’s decision to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity, a lawyer said on Thursday.The wife of President Robert Mugabe allegedly attacked a 20-year-old model Gabriella Engels with an electrical extension cord at a hotel in Johannesburg where the couple’s two sons were staying. The attack left Engels with cuts on her head and forehead. She has filed an assault ...

De Villiers to play tests, quits as South African ODI captain

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Batsman AB de Villiers has stepped down as captain of South Africa’s One-Day International team but has said he is ready to play all three formats of the game after a self-imposed exile from test cricket. De Villiers sat out South Africa’s recent 3-1 test series defeat to England amid speculation that he was ready to ditch the five-day game having not played in the format since January 2016 through a combination of injury and personal reasons. But with series to come in the 2017/18 ...

How Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity over model assault

Monday, 21 August 2017

Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe returned home from South Africa early on Sunday, state media reported, pursued by demands she face prosecution over an alleged assault of a 20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room. Police had placed border posts on “red alert” to prevent her from leaving but South Africa’s international relations minister said she had granted diplomatic immunity to the wife of Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. &ldquo ...

GRAPHIC VIDEO: South African bodybuilder dies while attempting back-flip

Saturday, 12 August 2017

South African bodybuilding champion Sifiso Lungelo Thabete has died from a freak accident in front of spectators after a failing to perform a celebratory backflip. In a video that has gone viral on social media, Thabete, former IFBB Junior World Champion in the up to 75kg category, can be seen flexing his muscles as he walks towards the center of the mat at a bodybuilding competition on Saturday in South Africa. Thabete broke his neck after landing on his head in front of horrified spectators. ...

Al-Qaeda releases longest-held hostage in Mali after 6 years

Friday, 4 August 2017

Al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch has freed a South African man who was held hostage for six years in Mali and he is now home, South Africa’s government announced Thursday, denying it had paid any ransom. Stephen McGown, who was released on July 25, was the longest-held of a number of foreigners seized by Islamic extremists in Mali, where several armed groups roam the West African country’s north. The extremists have made a fortune over the last decade abducting foreigners in the ...

Moeen hat-trick seals England rout of South Africa

Monday, 31 July 2017

Spinner Moeen Ali finished off South Africa with a hat-trick as England completed a crushing 239-run victory in the third test at the Oval on Monday to move 2-1 ahead in the series. Moeen became the first England spinner to achieve a hat-trick in 79 years by dismissing centurion Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel soon after lunch in a dramatic end to the match. England had labored to bowl out the South Africans in the morning as Elgar continued his gutsy knock, although Toby ...

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