Ottis Gibson admits the ‘black label’ puts extra pressure on him

He’s the first black man to coach the Proteas but that’s not where the race debates and politics of his new job will stop.

In a country like South Africa, the fact that Ottis Gibson is the first black man to coach the Proteas is hugely significant.

Ottis Gibson admits the ‘black label’ puts extra pressure on him

Ottis Gibson admits the ‘black label’ puts extra pressure on him

He’s the first black man to coach the Proteas but that’s not where the race debates and politics of his new job will stop.

Aiden Markram stars again as Proteas try to impress

Aiden Markram stars again as Proteas try to impress

With new coach Ottis Gibson insisting that all national players play in this week’s domestic 4-day competition, most of them show form.
How much does the Currie Cup need these Springboks?

How much does the Currie Cup need these Springboks?

Allister Coetzee has sent six members of his squad back to do provincial duty. But in how many cases is that justified?
Scott-Efurd tipped to chase Elana Meyer’s national record

Scott-Efurd tipped to chase Elana Meyer’s national record

The 25-year-old doesn’t appear on South African soil often anymore but could leave a lasting legacy in Durban next month.
Ottis Gibson already has a problem: a crippling bowler shortage

Ottis Gibson already has a problem: a crippling bowler shortage

The new Proteas coach was officially unveiled on Tuesday and already has to deal with four leading bowlers being injured.
Springboks not up to scratch in many areas, says former coach

Springboks not up to scratch in many areas, says former coach

Carel du Plessis, who mentored Western Province and the national side, worryingly says there’s no quick fix.
South African tennis might’ve found a new Kevin in Lloyd

South African tennis might’ve found a new Kevin in Lloyd

20-year-old Lloyd Harris has tongues wagging yet again after he led SA’s charge in their Davis Cup promotion tie against Denmark.

Top-10 finish for Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

But there’s still no historic medal for a South African in the world championships.

Controversial Bangladesh bowler denied entry to SA

Administrators deny seamer Rubel Hossain didn’t receive clearance because of a previous case of rape against him.

Around the world in 79 days: British cyclist smashes record

A British cyclist set a new world record Monday by travelling around the globe in 79 days — beating the fictional exploits of Phileas Fogg by a day.

Smith warns India have weapons other than spin

The Australian cricket team is already under pressure in their one-day series against Virat Kohli and his troops.

soccer

Sakari Orava, the ‘Miracle Doctor’ to sports stars

Injured athletes from David Beckham to Ousmane Dembele have over the years put their careers, and bodies, under the trusted knife of Finnish surgeon Sakari Orava, known in sporting circles as the “Miracle Doctor”.

FIFA bans Caribbean FA chief for six years

FIFA suspended Caribbean Football Union president Gordon Derrick from the sport for six years on Tuesday after he was found guilty of several ethics violations.

Neuer out until January after foot operation

Bayern Munich predict their Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer will be out until January after he underwent another operation on Tuesday after again fracturing his left foot.

Raffael double seals Gladbach’s home win

Brazil striker Raffael scored two second-half goals as Borussia Moechengladbach climbed the German league table on Tuesday after their 2-0 home win at home to Stuttgart.

world soccer

Sakari Orava, the ‘Miracle Doctor’ to sports stars

Injured athletes from David Beckham to Ousmane Dembele have over the years put their careers, and bodies, under the trusted knife of Finnish surgeon Sakari Orava, known in sporting circles as the “Miracle Doctor”.

FIFA bans Caribbean FA chief for six years

FIFA suspended Caribbean Football Union president Gordon Derrick from the sport for six years on Tuesday after he was found guilty of several ethics violations.

Neuer out until January after foot operation

Bayern Munich predict their Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer will be out until January after he underwent another operation on Tuesday after again fracturing his left foot.

Raffael double seals Gladbach’s home win

Brazil striker Raffael scored two second-half goals as Borussia Moechengladbach climbed the German league table on Tuesday after their 2-0 home win at home to Stuttgart.

rugby

How much does the Currie Cup need these Springboks?

Allister Coetzee has sent six members of his squad back to do provincial duty. But in how many cases is that justified?

Springboks not up to scratch in many areas, says former coach

Carel du Plessis, who mentored Western Province and the national side, worryingly says there’s no quick fix.

This weekend’s talking points from the Currie Cup

The Sharks deliver a big performance when it matters, the Pumas show the value of patience and the Lions might have an untimely rest.

‘We can’t go on like this,’ says Springboks skipper Etzebeth

The powerful lock, who’s standing in for Warren Whiteley, delivers a sobering verdict on the Springboks’ record defeat to the All Blacks.

world rugby

Record win not good enough, say All Blacks

The All Blacks gave themselves a pass mark but said there was still a lot to work on as they reflected on Sunday on their record 57-0 demolition of South Africa.

Wallaby star unleashes storm over same-sex marriage

Israel Folau goes against his employers, the Australian Rugby Union, in denouncing the country’s drive towards legalising same-sex marriage.

Force’s new adventure after Super Rugby axe takes shape

Australia’s unwanted team now has the backing of the Australian Rugby Union to start a new pacific competition.

Lions captain Warburton out for four months with neck problem

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is set to miss the first four months of the European season following the recurrence of a neck injury, it was announced Tuesday.

cricket

Aiden Markram stars again as Proteas try to impress

With new coach Ottis Gibson insisting that all national players play in this week’s domestic 4-day competition, most of them show form.

Ottis Gibson admits the ‘black label’ puts extra pressure on him

He’s the first black man to coach the Proteas but that’s not where the race debates and politics of his new job will stop.

Ottis Gibson already has a problem: a crippling bowler shortage

The new Proteas coach was officially unveiled on Tuesday and already has to deal with four leading bowlers being injured.

LISTEN: Gary Kirsten on why the Proteas need Ottis Gibson

The former national coach was on the panel that recommended the West Indian for the job and gives his thoughts on the need for foreign input.

world cricket

Controversial Bangladesh bowler denied entry to SA

Administrators deny seamer Rubel Hossain didn’t receive clearance because of a previous case of rape against him.

Smith warns India have weapons other than spin

The Australian cricket team is already under pressure in their one-day series against Virat Kohli and his troops.

Hashim Amla shows his class as World XI draw level

The Proteas star proves a perfect foil for destructive Sri Lankan Thisara Perera as the Independence Cup against Pakistan goes to the wire.

Ashes consistency key for Root’s England – Vaughan

Joe Root’s greatest challenge on his first Ashes tour as captain will be to improve consistency and England must hit the ground running in Australia, former skipper Michael Vaughan told AFP.

athletics

Scott-Efurd tipped to chase Elana Meyer’s national record

The 25-year-old doesn’t appear on South African soil often anymore but could leave a lasting legacy in Durban next month.

Cape Town Marathon winners complain over their wins

It’s weird but men’s defending champ Asefa Mengstu Negewo says the race’s pacesetter ran too fast for him to post a record time.

Government to wait on Sascoc move

The state’s interference could place Sascoc in the firing line.

Stephen Mokoka targets the national 10km record

But the local star will have some tough competition in young Ugandan superstar Joshua Cheptegei in Durban.

world athletics

Olympic chief defends handling of corruption case

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach defended his organisation’s handling of corruption allegations on Monday, insisting the movement could never make itself immune from scandal.

Farah ends track career in style, Gatlin slumps

Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah ended his track career in thrilling fashion on Thursday with victory in the 5,000m at the Diamond League final in Zurich while world 100m champion Justin Gatlin slumped to defeat.

Olympics: AOC chief Coates defiant after damning review

An independent review of the Australian Olympic Committee’s workplace practices released on Thursday has revealed a dysfunctional culture out of step with the Games’ ideals.

Booing ‘hurt’ sprint champion Justin Gatlin

The American says fans should ‘go further’ and get to know an athletes background before they judge too harshly.

golf

Thomas holds off jittery Spieth to win PGA Dell Championship

Justin Thomas fired a final round five-under 66 to win his fifth tournament of 2017, outduelling fellow American Jordan Spieth on the back nine at the Dell Championship on Monday.

South African Porteous wins Czech Masters

South African Haydn Porteous claimed his first win in Europe on Sunday by beating England’s Lee Slattery in the final round of the Czech Masters by two shots.

WATCH: Louis Oosthuizen’s happy mood despite dodgy honour

The local hero has now become a serial ‘bridesmaid’ in majors after the PGA Championship but ‘sung’ Andra May to soften the blow.

Autistic golfer dreams of Green Jacket

Golf is among the most solitary of sports, its players engaged in a constant struggle with themselves as they compete against the implacable opponent of par.

world boxing

Golovkin ready to hit boxing jackpot in Las Vegas

Gennady Golovkin is undaunted by the challenge of fighting for the first time in Las Vegas and says defending his titles against Canelo Alvarez will be like going on a date with a “new girlfriend”.

Three-belt boxing champ Golovkin puts titles on line in Vegas debut

Gennady Golovkin says defending his world titles against Canelo Alvarez in his first fight in Las Vegas may be the most difficult bout of his career.

Fifty and out as Mayweather stops brave McGregor

Floyd Mayweather outclassed Conor McGregor to win their money-spinning superfight by technical knockout here late Saturday, securing his place in boxing history to head into retirement with a record 50th straight victory.

Fifty and out as Mayweather stops brave McGregor

Floyd Mayweather outclassed Conor McGregor with a 10th-round stoppage here Saturday to win their money-spinning superfight and clinch his 50th straight victory.

world tennis

Nadal hails ‘best season’ and ‘incredible era’

Rafael Nadal described the year 2017 as “one of the best of his career” on Sunday after winning a third US Open and 16th Grand Slam.

Nadal eyes sweet sixteen against Anderson

Rafael Nadal can wrap up a 16th Grand Slam title and third at the US Open on Sunday but has to find a way past the almost unbreakable spirit of South Africa’s Kevin Anderson.

Stephens routs Keys for US Open title, first Slam crown

Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final.

I didn’t deserve to win, admits Roger Federer

The Swiss tennis legend was also once again denied an elusive showdown with Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadows.

other sport

Top-10 finish for Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

But there’s still no historic medal for a South African in the world championships.

Around the world in 79 days: British cyclist smashes record

A British cyclist set a new world record Monday by travelling around the globe in 79 days — beating the fictional exploits of Phileas Fogg by a day.

Giro d’Italia to start in Israel in 2018: ministry

The Giro d’Italia is to begin in Israel in 2018, the first time one of cycling’s three major races has started outside Europe, the country’s sport ministry said Thursday.

WATCH: How much would this dog fetch in the soccer transfer market?

Given the crazy amount being spent on footballers these days, scouts would probably offer this Border Collie a contract!

columnists

Hammer blow final nail in a week to forget

It would be seriously understating the case to say that the Fearsome Fireman had a less than satisfying week.

The Springboks got trounced because the local game is dying

You can blame Allister Coetzee and co for questionable tactics but they can only work with the hand they’re being dealt … and it’s a bad one.

Anderson a chink of light amid tennis gloom

A familiar email from Tennis South Africa’s PR people is a regular visitor to my inbox on a Monday.

Boks will be biltong if they kick like that against Kiwis

‘The Bok management need to have a thorough look at the videos and a serious rethink before they face the All Blacks.’

Hammer blow final nail in a week to forget

It would be seriously understating the case to say that the Fearsome Fireman had a less than satisfying week.

Double win for Ethiopia at Cape Town Marathon

Ethiopian athletes dominated the first IAAF Gold Label road race to be held in Africa, storming to victory in the men’s and women’s contests at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on Sunday

Anderson a chink of light amid tennis gloom

A familiar email from Tennis South Africa’s PR people is a regular visitor to my inbox on a Monday.

Boks will be biltong if they kick like that against Kiwis

‘The Bok management need to have a thorough look at the videos and a serious rethink before they face the All Blacks.’
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