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Simnikiwe Xabanisa

The brawn identity

AS ROBBIE Wessels said all those years ago, 'daar is 'n lelike ding wat kopwys' (there is an ugly thing rearing its head) in our rugby.

David Isaacson

Say it ain't so, Wladimir

IF BOXING were a stock market, it would have crashed this week on the news that world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko plans to haunt the ring for 10 more years.

Ross Tucker

Ramaala typifies rich heritage of distance running

25 000 hardy endurance souls pounded their way around the roads and trails of the Peninsula this past weekend, participating in the annual Two Oceans Marathon.

Carlos Amato

A good No2 can make you No1

ANDREA Pirlo is not the finest footballer in the world - he's always been a yard too slow to be a contender - but he is arguably the coolest.

Mike Moon

The Goldmine's spirit gallops on

TERRANCE Millard knows a bit about the ponies. In a 40-year career, the trainer had 117 Group 1 winners - including six Durban Julys and six Mets. So when he says, "The best horse I ever handled was .", you prick up your ears.

Daryll Cullinan

Faf is my choice for captain

AB DE Villiers is the best batsman in all formats of the game right now. His old pal, Faf du Plessis, is not far behind.

Gareth Cotterell

Chelsea ideal for pillaging Mourinho

The red card shown to Jose Mourinho during Real Madrid's loss in the Copa del Rey final against bitter rivals Atletico Madrid perfectly encapsulates what the Portuguese brings to every club he manages.

Jacques Clifford

Hail the Kings, rather cull the Aussies

That empty feeling still hasn't quite disappeared, but even if you count among the most bitter of Lions supporters you cannot ignore the fact that the Southern Kings are doing South Africa proud.

Archie Henderson

Meyer misses small picture

HEYNEKE Meyer, a man of much anxiety, can relax.

Bareng-Batho Kortjaas

Joke is on Safa suits, just reduce short list to two

SAFA should stop their stupid jokes and reduce to two the five-man short list from which they hope to select a replacement for the fired Pitiful Pitso Mosimane.

Luke Alfred

Pulling in one direction is beyond GCB squabblers

I HATE to tell you I told you so, but that it all went belly-up at the Wanderers this week shouldn't have surprised anyone. Gauteng is so riven with cliques, communities and dark fraternities that they make the phrase "hidden agenda" sound like a form of good governance.

Liam Del Carme

Saru team win their own quiz

BOK coach Heyneke Meyer couldn't contain his excitement when his squad was given a clean bill of health this week. The coach waxed lyrical about the players' disposition and their conditioning and even suggested he had not had the luxury of presiding over players so primed in 20 years of coaching. As it turned out, the only member in the Bok camp who required medical attention was media manager De Jongh Borchardt. He apparently slipped in the team hotel.

Nick Mallett

Well-prepared England a big test for Boks

THE Springboks' success in their three-test series against England will be determined by their ability to cope with the pressure that comes from playing at home with everybody expecting you to win.

Sunday Times sport staff

Benni shows he can walk the talk

BENNI McCarthy's end-of-season heroics for Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium could turn out to be a mixed blessing. With two superb goals like that, especially that delicious 90th-minute free kick, is anyone going to be able to stop the glib one from talking now? We say: Talk, Benni, talk. Talk all you want. You deserve it and South African football is all the better for it.