Oscar Pistorius – or the Blade Runner as he is knob in athletic circles – will not be allowed to compete in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, following his sentence for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp.
Yesterday, Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide, following the shooting of his then-girlfriend on Valentines Day last year. He was also sentenced to three years imprisonment for shooting a gun in a restaurant, of which all three years were wholly suspended.
Following the outcome of the sentencing, Pistorius will now not be allowed to compete in the Paralympics for the entire 5 years of his sentence. (more…)
If the two semi-finals of the Currie Cup this past weekend is anything to go by, then this Saturday’s final between the Western Province and the Lions looks set to be one helluva game!
This past Saturday, the Western Province faced off against the Bulls at Newlands in Cape Town and the Lions took on the current Currie Cup holders, the Sharks, at Ellis Park.
Both games were definitely one for the books, as both the WP and the Lions played an exceptionally high level of rugby and onc again proved that South African rugby teams are a serious force to be reckoned with.
The Western Province scored 3 tries in their match against a disgruntled Bulls team, with Cheslin Kolbe being the undoubted star of the show scoring two tries. He has consistently been a star player for the Cape Town side and will definitely be a pillar of strength for the team come the final this Saturday. He was also named Man of the Match in the semi-final, which will obviously help boost his confidence in the final.
The end result for the semi-final against the Bulls at Newlands was 31 -23. (more…)
South African soccer legend, Lucas Radebe, was just named as one of the top 100 English Premier League players, ever – and as South Africans, we couldn’t be more proud.
The former Bafana Bafana captain was included in the list after his 11 year spell at Leeds United, where he proved to be a firm fan favourite and played in more than 200 games for the team.
As for his national duties, “The Chief” as he was known – presumably because of his stint at Kaizer Chief before heading across the pond to Leeds – was capped 70 times for Bafana Bafana and was most notably the captain in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
He also got used to the title of captain, as he also captained Leeds United for a while. (more…)
It seems that the partnership between Fernando Alonso and Ferrari has come to an end. The talented Spanish driver has kind of (not officially) made it clear that he will be leaving Ferrari in favour of a new team next season, according to a Ferrari insider.
Ferrari’s ex-chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, announced yesterday that Alonso will no longer be a part of the Ferrari family, come the end of the season.
Montezemolo said that there are two main reasons why Alonso is leaving Ferrari, one of them being that he is hungry to win a title:
“Fernando is leaving for two reasons… [sic] One because he wants to cement himself in another environment. And two because he’s at an age where he cannot wait to win again…He has been disappointed not to have won (the title) in these years and he needs a new stimulus” he said. (more…)
The nominees of the 2014 South African Sports Awards were announced this morning, and by the looks of things, it seems that this year’s competition is particularly fierce.
Some of the biggest stars nominated include Springbok superstar, Duane Vermeulen, long jumping champ, Kgotso Mokoena and Proteas captain, AB de Villiers. In other sectors, golden boy of SA Swimming, Chad le Clos is also nominated along with Cornel Fredericks.
Shakes Mashaba will also be pleased with his nomination for coach of the year alongside Neil Powell of the Springbok Sevens and Graham Hill head coach for Swimming SA.
Here is the full list of nominees: (more…)
With the Proteas on their way to Australian and new Zealand for T20 and ODI matches, newly appointed captain, JP Duminy says he is excited to lead his team for the first time ever.
Duminy will captain the Proteas in a 3 match T20 series against Australia at the beginning of November. And while he understands that it is a big task, he said that he ready for the position.
Duminy told reporters at OR Tambo International – shortly before the Proteas departed to take on the Aussies and the Kiwis – that he is excited and is looking forward to the opportunity:
“It’s definitely something I’m looking forward to, leading from the front. I’ve been part of a leadership group within the side probably for more than a year now…[sic] I’ve had a few chats with individuals and guys regarding leadership. I think it’s about being authentic as well and trying to be a leader as how I see fit.” (more…)
If we needed any further proof that Roger Federer is well on his way out of his so-called ‘funk’ then we needn’t look any further than last night’s final at the Shanghai Masters.
Federer was on top form last night as he claimed the Shanghai Masters for the first time.
Not that his opponent, French player Gilles simon, didn’t put up a fight. In fact, at the start of the match, one would of thought that the game woud belong to Simon. Simon, who has yet to win a Masters title was clearly ready to claim his first – however, Federer reeled it back in as he proved why he is one of the greatest players in tennis history. (more…)