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Platinum Stars pile more misery on Wits
A first half goal from Robert Ng'ambi enabled Platinum Stars to beat Bidvest Wits 1-0 in their Absa Premiership encounter at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night. The win for coach Roger De Sa's men elevates them out of the relegation zone and up to 14th spot on the log standings with 15 points from as many matches. Gavin Hunt's Wits, who won the title last season, remain rooted to the bottom with only two wins from 14 matches.
Cricket SA congratulates Titans
Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Saturday congratulated the Titans for winning the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge. The Titans won the first franchise competition of the season when they beat the Dolphins by seven wickets in the final at SuperSport Park. Congratulations to the Titans, winning the franchise T20 competition three years in a row is a remarkable achievement, commented CSA acting CEO Thabang Moroe. The Titans chased down a meagre total of 101 to easy to victory in front of a capacity crowd.
Chiefs beat Ajax to move to second
A late strike from replacement Dumisani Zuma enabled Kaizer Chiefs to record a 1-0 over Ajax Cape Town in an Absa Premiership clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday night. Amakhosi dominated proceedings but had to wait until the 85th minute for Zuma to finally break the deadlock. The home side had a couple of chances to get a second goal in the dying stages, but were unable to convert.
Martin retracts 'special status' attack on Froome
Four-time world time trial champion Tony Martin on Saturday retracted his attack on under-fire star Chris Froome, who the German had accused of special status over an adverse drugs test. On Thursday, the 32-year-old Martin wrote he was totally angry on Facebook and suggested suspended Sky leader Froome and his British team enjoy a special status, which the German has now retracted.
Leinster fight back to beat Exeter
Leinster played 20 minutes with men in the sin-bin and resisted intense Exeter pressure before beating the English champions 22-17 on Saturday to stay top of their European Champions Cup pool. Exeter, who had lost at home to Leinster last week, needed to win on Saturday to keep pace. This time, Leinster not only kept Exeter scoreless but even added a second penalty of their own through Nacewa.
Ex-All Black Cruden suffers knee injury
Former New Zealand flyhalf Aaron Cruden suffered a knee injury during Montpellier's 36-26 European Champions Cup victory over Glasgow on Saturday. The French Top 14 side said the 28-year-old would have an MRI scan on Monday to find out how long he will be out of action. Cruden was injured in the 68th minute after a tackle from Matt Smith and was replaced by scrumhalf Enzo Sanga.
High-flying Man City annihilate Spurs
Kevin De Bruyne produced another virtuoso performance as Manchester City crushed Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 on Saturday to register a record-extending 16th consecutive Premier League victory. Victory embellished the record for consecutive English league wins City had set in Wednesday's 4-0 win at Swansea City and the breathtaking manner of it was further evidence of their apparent invincibility. He is now three wins short of his own record for Europe's five major leagues, which he set with Bayern Munich in 2013-14.
Ronaldo retains Club World Cup for Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to retain the Club World Cup. A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition's history and adds to the La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup titles already won by Zinedine Zidane's men this year.
Huddersfield hit four past Watford
Aaron Mooy scored twice as Huddersfield enjoyed only theer second away win of the Premier League season with a 4-1 victory at Watford on Saturday. Elias Kachunga and Mooy put Huddersfield two goals ahead at Vicarage Road before Watford's Troy Deeney was sent off in the 33rd minute for a dangerous lunge on Colin Quaner. Laurent Depoitre added a third for the visitors shortly after half-time only for Watford to threaten a comeback.
Pressure on Hughes as Hammers thump Stoke
Stoke slumped to a fifth Premier League defeat in six games with West Ham's Marko Arnautovic scoring against his old club in a 3-0 win on Saturday. Stoke manager Mark Hughes faced chants of Sacked (fired) in the morning and Hughes out. Arnautovic was jeered throughout the game after forcing a summer move to the Hammers, who moved above the Potters in the table with this win.
Rose stays top at Indonesian Masters
England's Justin Rose overcame stormy conditions to retain his clubhouse lead at the Indonesian Masters on Saturday before torrential rain and lightning forced play to be abandoned. Following a curtailed day Friday, Rose had to complete his second round at Royale Jakarta Golf Club early in the morning before commencing his third. Tied for second were Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe, who both trail Rose by three shots.
Brighton, Burnley share spoils
Burnley wasted their chance to break into the Premier League's top four and Brighton's Glenn Murray missed a first-half penalty in a 0-0 draw on Saturday. Murray was taken down by James Tarkowski in the box. He got up to send his attempt clear over the crossbar in the 36th minute in Brighton's best chance at claiming their first victory since November 4. Brighton ended a three-game losing streak in the league to stay 13th with 18 points from 18 games.
Ozil gem gets Arsenal back on track
Mesut Ozil's spectacular strike was enough to give Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Newcastle as the Gunners ended a three-match winless run in the Premier League on Saturday. In truth, the margin of victory ought to have been more emphatic than the exquisite volleyed finish by Ozil in the first half at the Emirates Stadium. The game's first chance was carved out by Newcastle, Jamaal Lascelles' header from a free-kick being beaten away by Petr Cech, but the first half belonged to Arsenal.
Free State Stars upset Pirates
Free State Stars emerged 2-1 winners against Orlando Pirates after an action-packed Absa Premiership encounter at Goble Park on Saturday evening. The Buccaneers grew stronger as the first half progressed and Sangare made an excellent save on Thabo Rakhale's stinging drive from the edge of the area after Luvuyo Memela had gone close with a free kick. The lead only lasted four minutes as Shonga cleverly played in Kutumela, who scored at the second attempt after Sangare saved his first shot.
Polokwane City snatch late win in PE
A late goal enabled Polokwane City to beat Chippa United 1-0 in their Absa Premiership encounter at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It was a tightly contested affair before Rodney Ramagalela's 86th minute penalty proved the difference. Chippa had the first chance of the afternoon when Katlego Mashego flashed an eighth minute header wide.
Power failure delays Stoke v West Ham
Stoke's Premier League clash with West Ham was delayed on Saturday after a major power outage at the bet365 Stadium. Mark Hughes' side were scheduled to kick off against the Hammers at 17:00 , but with less than half an hour to go before the match, it was announced the start would be delayed. Parts of the stadium were plunged into darkness, while fans were forced to remain outside while the problem was addressed.
KP shows compassion towards Strauss
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen says there is no more tension between him and the country's director of cricket, Andrew Strauss, after the latter's wife was diagnosed with cancer. Strauss has rushed home from England's currently tour to Australia to be at his wife's side. Pietersen took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with the England set-up and also took a dig at Strauss, with whom he's had run-ins with in the past.
Vonn powers to victory in World Cup super-G race
Lindsey Vonn powered down a shortened course to win a World Cup super-G race on Saturday and clinch her first victory of the season. It was the 33-year-old American skier's 78th World Cup race win, but her first since winning a downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in January. I just had some bad luck and things weren't just lining up the first few races of the season, Vonn said.

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