UK prepared to pay 40bn-euro Brexit bill: report

5 Aug

Britain is prepared to pay up to 40 billion euros ($47.1 billion) to the European Union to settle its accounts when it leaves the bloc, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.It is the first time the British side has put a figure on its so-called Brex…

Pieters, Zach Johnson share WGC Bridgestone lead

5 Aug

Belgium’s Thomas Pieters rolled in a 32-foot birdie putt at the final hole on Saturday to share the third-round lead at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational with two-time major winner Zach Johnson.Johnson also birdied the last hole at Firestone Country Clu…

NBA glitz, glamour on show in South Africa

5 Aug

The TicketPro Dome arena in an upscale Johannesburg suburb became a mini Madison Square Garden Saturday as American basketball staged an exhibition match to “sell” the sport. Basketball ranks among many low-profile sports in South Africa, where footbal…

Bolt

5 Aug

American veteran Justin Gatlin was booed after he stunned Usain Bolt to win the 100m world title in London on Saturday.

Thiam lurks as Schafer leads heptathlon after first day

5 Aug

Germany’s Carolin Schafer, with Olympic champion Nafi Thiam breathing down her neck, will head into the second day of heptathlon at the IAAF World Championships in London on Sunday in pole position.Schafer amassed 4,036 points thanks to a strong 200m, …

Gatlin stuns Bolt to win 100m world title

5 Aug

American veteran Justin Gatlin was booed after he stunned Usain Bolt to win the 100m world title in London on Saturday.Gatlin, who served a doping ban between 2006-10 and won silvers behind Bolt at the last two world championships, clocked 9.92 seconds…

Anderson ousts Sock to reach Washington final

5 Aug

South Africa’s 45th-ranked Kevin Anderson, seeking his first crown in nearly two years, upset American Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4 Saturday to reach the ATP and WTA Citi Open final.The lanky 31-year-old from Johannesburg advanced to Sunday’s championship match …

Ayana routs rivals to take world title

5 Aug

Olympic champion Almaz Ayana produced an extraordinary display despite barely racing this season winning the world 10,000 metres title by almost a minute on Saturday. The 25-year-old, who smashed the world record when winning in Rio last year, finished…

Kim storms into six-shot lead at British Open

5 Aug

South Korea’s Kim In-Kyung had a dream day on the greens and soared into a six-shot lead with a round to play in the Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns on Saturday.The 29-year-old famously missed a one-foot putt on the final green to lose the chance of…

Scare for Dibaba in 1500m, Semenya seamless

5 Aug

Ethiopia’s defending world champion Genzebe Dibaba was handed a scare in the semi-finals of the 1500m, but South African Caster Semenya was seamless in her progression.Dibaba, the world record holder, finished sixth in the first semi, and qualified for…

Uncapped trio in Boks squad for Pumas

5 Aug

South Africa named uncapped Curwin Bosch, Warrick Gelant and Daniel du Preez in a 34-man squad Saturday for a Rugby Championship opener against Argentina in Port Elizabeth this month.But coach Allister Coetzee must do without first-choice Springboks sk…

UN Security Council approves new sanctions against N. Korea

5 Aug

The UN Security Council has unanimously agreed on a new set of restrictive measures against Pyongyang following the North Korea’s latest missile tests. Having reaffirmed the UN’s previous stance on the issue, the international body furthe…

Bolt safely into 100m final

5 Aug

Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt remained on track for a 12th world title after advancing to the final of the 100m at the World Championships in London on Saturday.Defending champion Bolt, who brings the curtain down on his glittering career at the end …

Zimbabwe’s opposition unites to take on Mugabe

5 Aug

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai re-united with his former allies on Saturday to forge a coalition aimed at ending President Robert Mugabe’s near four-decade hold on power in elections next year. Mugabe, in power since independence f…