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Tim Spirit: Former sports stars have to run for top positions

You tried … some succeeded and some didn’t. Despite their failures, the fact that they raised their hand to be viewed as was a clear message and a seed because it is better to fail after an attempt than be a chair critic.

It is encouraging that more and more sports personalities are throwing their names in the hat to be eligible for top positions, be it in politics or in sports, writes Timothy Molobi.

Hanging Judge: is the VAR being used to the full?

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is designed to help the match official make sure his decisions are correct. It is what it is and does what it is supposed to do given the video footage available to the people who operate it. It is very important at this point to remember that the VAR system is only as good as the person who operates it, and at times it seems that they lack the intricacies of the law in some way, writes Errol Sweeney .

Side Entry: Boks can’t play “fight rugby” to put a smile on our faces

In the run-up to yesterday’s 100th Test between the Springboks and the All Blacks, nostalgic clips from the last blockbuster of the two rugby giants made the rounds, especially the Miracle of Wellington – when the Boks upset New Zealand – in 2018. That game in Wellington was a classic example of how the Boks could chase an opponent to the end of the world in order to defeat him. Seeing the same team against Australia for the past few weeks, it was annoying to know with 15 minutes to go that they weren’t chasing the two results they needed to win, or a one-point point with two remaining Minutes were able to defend, writes Simnikiwe Xabanisa.

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The SA’s application to host the Club World Cup is in jeopardy

South Africa’s chance to host the Fifa Club World Cup hangs in the balance as Britain keeps South Africa on its Covid-19 red list.

Downs outsmart Bucs again

Unbeaten and without conceding a goal in the league, Mamelodi Sundowns proved once again that it takes a special effort from their challengers to knock them off the podium. Yesterday, the defending champion not only showed his strength of character, but also continued his dominance over the Orlando Pirates.

In the glitz and glamor of Royal AM

Royal AM goes their own way in the DStv Premiership, and they have brought glitz and glamor to the top tier since earning Bloemfontein Celtic status.

It’s no surprise that Royal AM has taken over the brand from their matriarch and president Shauwn Mkhize and son Andile Mpisane, after whom the club is named.

Stellies in hot water over substitutes

Stellenbosch FC could get into trouble with the PSL Disciplinary Committee after it became known that the club unknowingly violated the new substitution rules in their 3-0 league win over Cape Town last weekend. The match officials responsible for the derby could also be summoned to explain why they did not notice the wrongdoing.

Analysis: It’s time Baxter showed up

It will take something special for the Amakhosis supporters to recover from the grief of living without utensils for six or so years. The current status quo does not inspire confidence, nor does it suggest that the former glory days of the Kaizer Chiefs will be revived.

Law student Mashego in a class of his own

Thanks to the inspiration of his former boss, TS Galaxy owner Tim Sukazi, Cape Town City defender Terrence Mashego is pursuing a career as a lawyer. The 23-year-old, who signed with City von Galaxy last October, is in his second year studying at Unisa, where he is doing his bachelor’s degree in law.

Did Messi get off a sinking ship?

It’s been a terrible week for Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman.

Initially – possibly as a sign of the future – Lionel Messi made the most of the end of his contract after making a very lucrative move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Gutsy Boks falls too short against All Blacks

The Springboks may have held their end in the heavyweight clash that rugby fans in their 100th. Jacques Nienaber’s team, led by the tireless Siya Kolisi, did everything in Townsville yesterday, but didn’t win.

Proteas in good space before the T20 World Championship – Bavuma

Proteas white ball captain Temba Bavuma is starting training this week in preparation for next month’s T20 World Cup in the UAE after breastfeeding a broken thumb. He tells Zimnikiwe Xabanisa about six challenging months in office.

“Very strict” trainer Semenya on call

As fans wonder if her track and field career is over, two-time Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya says she still has unfinished business in the sport. Semenya missed the Tokyo Olympics after narrowly meeting the qualifying criteria for the 5000m. Despite these adversities, the last thing she thinks about is retirement.

Nare wins again, but the Spar title is not yet in his pocket

Ethiopian runner Tadu Nare won her fourth race in a row in the Spar Women’s Challenge, but the Champagne remains on the ice in their battle for overall victory. Nare has dominated this year’s Grand Prix and won all races so far, but could be overtaken.

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