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Jan 2, 2015

Samuels falls as South Africa snatch breakthrough before tea

CAPE TOWN, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Marlon Samuels fell to part-time bowler Stiaan van Zyl to give South Africa a breakthrough just before tea as the West Indies moved to 172 for four wickets on the opening day of the third and final test at Newlands on Friday.

Van Zyl had Samuels caught in the covers by Faf du Plessis with his first delivery of the game as he was brought on to offer some relief to the much-vaunted South African pace attack, which was held largely at bay by the West Indian top order.

Jan 2, 2015

Smith falls after gutsy 47, Windies 80-2 at lunch

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – West Indies opener Devon Smith hit a gutsy 47 before losing his wicket at the stroke of lunch on the opening morning of the third and final test against South Africa at Newlands on Friday.

Smith was bowled by debutant off-spinner Simon Harmer as West Indies reached 80 for two wickets at the break, having largely defied South Africa’s much-vaunted pace attack.

Jan 2, 2015

Smith falls after gutsy 47, Windies 80-2 vs S. Africa at lunch

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – West Indies opener Devon Smith hit a gutsy 47 before losing his wicket at the stroke of lunch on the opening morning of the third and final test against South Africa at Newlands on Friday.

Smith was bowled by debutant off-spinner Simon Harmer as West Indies reached 80 for two wickets at the break, having largely defied South Africa’s much-vaunted pace attack.

Jan 2, 2015

Cricket-Smith falls after gutsy 47, Windies 80-2 at lunch

CAPE TOWN, Jan 2 (Reuters) – West Indies opener Devon Smith hit a gutsy 47 before losing his wicket at the stroke of lunch on the opening morning of the third and final test against South Africa at Newlands on Friday.

Smith was bowled by debutant off-spinner Simon Harmer as West Indies reached 80 for two wickets at the break, having largely defied South Africa’s much-vaunted pace attack.

Nov 20, 2014

Ebola-ravaged Guinea overcome odds to reach Nations Cup

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Ebola-ravaged Guinea overcame considerable odds to book an African Nations Cup finals place, but must still deal with logistical difficulties and prejudice as they look ahead to the tournament in January.

Guinea is one of the African countries hit hardest by the ravages of the deadly haemorrhagic fever, which has claimed more than 1,100 lives there. Their national team have had to play homes games at a neutral venue after the Confederation of African Football banned the hosting of international matches in Guinea.

Nov 20, 2014

Soccer-Ebola-ravaged Guinea overcome odds to reach Nations Cup

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Ebola-ravaged Guinea overcame considerable odds to book an African Nations Cup finals place, but must still deal with logistical difficulties and prejudice as they look ahead to the tournament in January.

Guinea is one of the African countries hit hardest by the ravages of the deadly haemorrhagic fever, which has claimed more than 1,100 lives there.

Nov 19, 2014

Holders Nigeria out as final Nations Cup field settled

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Holders Nigeria were bundled out of the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Wednesday as the final six places for the 2015 finals were decided. Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Mali all made certain of their spots and join the 10 countries who had already booked their places at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Nigeria had to beat Group A winners South Africa in their last qualifier at their new stadium in Uyo to stand a chance of defending their title at the Jan. 17 to Feb. 8 continental championship.

Nov 19, 2014

Soccer-Holders Nigeria out as final Nations Cup field settled

CAPE TOWN, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Holders Nigeria were bundled out of the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Wednesday as the final six places for the 2015 finals were decided.

Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Mali all made certain of their spots and join the 10 countries who had already booked their places at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Nov 15, 2014

Senegal head list of Nations Cup qualifiers

DURBAN South Africa (Reuters) – Senegal led a list of six countries into the African Nations Cup finals on Saturday as they eliminated record winners Egypt with a 1-0 win in Cairo to qualify for January’s tournament.

Senegal ensured they would finish in the top two in Group G on a busy day of qualifiers which also saw Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, South Africa and 2012 winners Zambia book their tickets with six more berths to be decided on the last day of qualifiers on Wednesday.

Nov 15, 2014

Soccer-Senegal head list of Nations Cup qualifiers

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Senegal led a list of six countries into the African Nations Cup finals on Saturday as they eliminated record winners Egypt with a 1-0 win in Cairo to qualify for January’s tournament.

Senegal ensured they would finish in the top two in Group G on a busy day of qualifiers which also saw Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, South Africa and 2012 winners Zambia book their tickets with six more berths to be decided on the last day of qualifiers on Wednesday.