Nick Reeves

Morocco out to spoil Ghana’s party

Ghana need only to draw their last Group A game on Monday against Morocco to keep alive their dream of winning the Africa Cup of Nations on home turf. Mathematically it is still possible for Morocco or Guinea to secure the two tickets to the quarterfinals, but two wins out of two have left the Black stars in the strongest position in the group.

Elephants march on but Nigeria on brink of exit

Côte d'Ivoire became the first side to qualify for the African Nations Cup quarterfinals on Friday but fellow heavyweights Nigeria's hopes were left hanging by a thread. The Elephants from Côte d'Ivoire brushed aside Benin 4-1, with Didier Drogba getting his first goal of this year's tournament, to go top of Group B and assured of a place in the last eight.

Perfect start for Ghana in Nations Cup

Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari struck in the last minute to lift hosts Ghana to a 2-1 win against Guinea in the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations in Accra on Sunday. Ghana's Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, given the fair-play award, said: ''It's a good start for us.''

Eyes of a continent focus on Ghana

The West African state of Ghana is about to take its place in the international spotlight as hosts of the 26th Africa Cup of Nations. It's been a bit of a scramble, but the former British colony is all set for the biggest show of its short life, one that promises to upstage even last year's celebrations to mark 50 years of independence.

Euro 2008 hopefuls scrap for last four places

The cast list for Euro 2008 will be completed on Wednesday with England, Northern Ireland and Portugal among those nations scrapping it out for one of the four remaining places. The treacherous business of qualifying began 15 months ago and now, after more than 3 000 minutes of play, it's make or break time for England.

England thrown Euro lifeline as Scotland miss again

Italy, Spain and France secured their Euro 2008 passages on Saturday but there was heartbreak for Scotland while England's slim hopes received a major boost from Israel. After last month's defeat in Moscow, England's Euro 2008 fate was taken out of their hands but Israel's 2-1 upset of Russia in Tel Aviv made them masters of their own destiny once again.

Team Shosholoza’s hotline to heaven

Nowhere in the labyrinth of legal minutiae that is the America's Cup rules book is there a section on boats enlisting help from above, which is just as well as South Africa's Team Shosholoza claim to have a hotline to heaven. The service provider to the link to the Almighty is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Domenech: Munich is what counts

Raymond Domenech is playing down France's past superiority over their World Cup semifinal opponents Portugal, saying it will count for nothing when the whistle blows in Munich on Wednesday. Les Bleus have won all four of their clashes with Portugal, the most significant coming at Euro 2000 when they ran out 2-1 extra time winners in a fractious semifinal en route to taking the title.

Togo’s adventure nears its end

Switzerland kept their World Cup dream well and truly alive with a 2-0 win over troubled but lively debutants Togo on Monday. Goals in either half from Alexander Frei and Tranquillo Barnetta lifted Kobi Kuhn's youngsters up to the top of Group G on four points, along with South Korea, who await them in their remaining first-round fixture on Friday.

France, Switzerland share the spoils

France and Switzerland opened their World Cup campaigns with a goalless draw high on endeavour but short on flair on Tuesday. France, the 1998 champions, were out to erase the nightmare they endured at the last World Cup when they never recovered from a first-match defeat to Senegal.

One red car beating another red car

The 2004 formula-one season was a case of one red car beating another red car as Michael Schumacher and Ferrari ran their rivals ragged. In capturing 13 of the 18 grands prix, Schumacher surpassed even his highest standards to waltz off with his seventh world title with four legs of the season to go.

Sweden out to clip Denmark’s wings

Sweden and Denmark, in the driving seat to make it into the Euro 2004 quarterfinals from Group C, meet on Tuesday aware that Italy's beady eye is keeping a close watch on the outcome. The Scandinavians meet at Boavista's Bessa stadium,heading the group on four points apiece.

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