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Luke Alfred

Luke Alfred

    How to quietly rattle Aussies' cage
    How to quietly rattle Aussies' cage
    Paul Harris had this damnable trick. As he shambled to the crease, the left-arm spinner would abort shortly before delivery. Naturally, it drove...
    ​Finding South Africa's heart: An edited extract from Luke Alfred's new book
    ​Finding South Africa's heart: An edited extract from Luke Alfred's new book
    I remember reading excerpts of Rian Malan’s My Traitor’s Heart anthologised in the New Yorker all those years ago. A friend had torn...
    ​Sporting scams: Who’s fooling who?
    ​Sporting scams: Who’s fooling who?
    The recipe for a good sporting hoax requires equal parts chutzpah and desperation, best if blended with a dollop or two of luck. Sporting hoaxers...
    ​New book revisits cricket and the colony in SA
    ​New book revisits cricket and the colony in SA
    CRICKET & CONQUEST: THE HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN CRICKET RETOLD, Volume 1, 1795-1914, by André Odendaal, Krish Reddy, Christopher...
    Ten things that SA sport must fix
    Ten things that SA sport must fix
    If South African sport were a body, mild itchiness would recently have given way to shivers, loss of appetite and nausea. A full-blown crisis in our...
    Club rugby shows pros how it's done
    Club rugby shows pros how it's done
    Saturday was a big rugby day down in the Boland. Worcester Villagers — famous for their growly motto of “Villa of niks (Villa or nothing)” — were due to host Welkom Rovers in the first round of fixtures for this year’s Gold Cup, a pan-African tournament featuring...
    Leave coaching to the celebrities, they might work as the transformation guru needed
    Leave coaching to the celebrities, they might work as the transformation guru needed
    A former Protea captain was once overheard being cheeky about Lance Klusener and Paul Adams. The two, he said, were often found at the back of the...
    Throw the towel in the boxing ring and grab an oar instead for good governance
    Throw the towel in the boxing ring and grab an oar instead for good governance
    Last Friday night, a women’s boxing tournament should have taken place at the Thohoyandou town hall in Limpopo. Promoted by Mpho Khorommbi, a...
    The Games are four years away but political agendas and funding stymy SA’s potential
    The Games are four years away but political agendas and funding stymy SA’s potential
    Having enjoyed the Rio Olympics, we have become quickly fatigued, wanting it to be over even as we hoped for another world record.
    Ups, downs, highs and lows — the 2016 Olympic Games, ladies and gentlemen
    Ups, downs, highs and lows — the 2016 Olympic Games, ladies and gentlemen
    The Olympics should come with a health warning. Below the five brightly coloured Olympic rings should be a footnote. “Be advised,” it might...
    The clock ticks on and Olympic silver medalist Luvo Manyonga must stay focused
    The clock ticks on and Olympic silver medalist Luvo Manyonga must stay focused
    Luvo Manyonga’s minders have earmarked a Diamond League meeting in Brussels next month as his next major international athletics opportunity.
    Faster Caster is just hitting her stride and might be on her way to new world record
    Faster Caster is just hitting her stride and might be on her way to new world record
    Caster Semenya calls Toby Sutcliffe “Dad”. Sutcliffe, the brains behind the High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Pretoria (Tuks),...