John Pye

Boks primed and ready for Fiji

There's no disguising this one. South Africa against Fiji should be a mismatch of a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal. Fiji would have to produce the perfect game to upset South Africa and advance to the semifinals. So that's what coach Ilie Tabua is asking his squad to do. Fiji qualified for their first World Cup quarterfinal since the inaugural edition in 1987 with a 38-34 upset over Wales.

‘Terrible spectator’ Schalk Burger raring to go

After pacing the sidelines for two weeks, Schalk Burger gets another chance to wreak havoc for South Africa at the World Cup. The bustling blonde backrower was switched from the flank to number eight in a strong Springboks lineup unveiled by coach Jake White for Sunday's match against the winless United States in Montpellier.

Jayasuriya inspires Sri Lanka’s win

Sanath Jayasuriya clubbed a vintage hundred and Sri Lanka all but ended the West Indies' World Cup semifinal hopes with a 113-run Super Eights win on Sunday. Jayasuriya's 115 from 101 balls and his 183-run third-wicket partnership with skipper Mahela Jayawardene (82) set up Sri Lanka's imposing 303 for five.

Victory at last for Pakistan

Pakistan rallied around Inzamam-ul-Haq on Wednesday to ensure his last match was a proper tribute for late coach Bob Woolmer and not another debacle. Imran Nazir clobbered 160 and Inzamam added 37 from 32 balls in Pakistan's rain-interrupted, 93-run World Cup win over Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

Sharapova, Clijsters advance to semis

Kim Clijsters had another quarterfinal win over Martina Hingis despite a rash of unforced errors, and moved into the Australian Open semifinals against top-seeded Maria Sharapova. Fourth-seeded Clijsters won 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday, breaking Hingis' serve in the last game and ending the match with a forehand passing shot.

Sharapova, Hingis into fourth round at Open

Top-seeded Maria Sharapova got another taste of the elements, ignoring the saunalike conditions in Rod Laver Arena to advance to the second week of the Australian Open. While often heavy rain prevented play on outside courts, the roof on Rod Laver Arena was closed on Saturday for Sharapova's 6-3, 6-1 third-round win over 30th-seeded Tathiana Garbin.

Flintoff aims to turn it around in Sydney

Another demoralising loss has England captain Andrew Flintoff facing a scenario he can't even bear to contemplate. Sixteen months after ending its Ashes drought with a 2-1 series upset in England, the English are staring down the barrel of a 5-0 series whitewash in Australia.

Yang wins HSBC Champions

A relatively unknown South Korean golfer ended Tiger Woods' streak in stroke events, winning the HSBC Champions tournament on Sunday. Yang Yong-eun, a regular on the Japanese tour who has played infrequently outside Asia, closed with a three-under 69 on Sunday at the Sheshan International Golf Club for a two-stroke win at 14-under 274.

Zidane wins Cup’s best-player award

France captain Zinedine Zidane, sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi late in Sunday's World Cup final loss to Italy, won the Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player. The results were released on Monday morning in Berlin by Fifa.

Zidane wins best player award

<a href="http://www.mg.co.za/specialreport.aspx?area=soccer_world_cup_2006"><img src="http://www.mg.co.za/ContentImages/272488/icon_focuson_wc3.gif" align=left border=0></a>France captain Zinedine Zidane, sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi late in Sunday's World Cup final loss to Italy, won the Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player. The results were released on Monday morning in Berlin by Fifa.

Doping gloom hangs over Melbourne

The doping hearings for two Indian weightlifters were adjourned until Sunday, leaving the arbitration court little time to deliver its finding before the Commonwealth Games' closing ceremonies. Directors have assembled a cast of Australian artists and performers to bring the curtain down on Melbourne 2006 and hand over to New Delhi organisers for the 2010 event.

Jung seems set for Games medal record

Samaresh Jung won his fifth shooting title at Melbourne 2006, moving within one gold medal of a Commonwealth Games record shared by Australian swimmers Ian Thorpe and Susie O'Neill. Ahead of Wednesday's evening programme, Australia led the medal standings with 54 gold medals and 143 overall.

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