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Jan 1, 2014

Toure shortlisted for African Footballer of the Year title

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Yaya Toure remained on course to be named African Footballer of the Year for a record-equaling third successive time after being named on Wednesday as one of the three finalists for the award to be handed out later this month.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) cut the list of candidates for the 2013 award down from 10, with Toure up against his Ivory Coast teammate Didier Drogba and Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Jan 1, 2014

Soccer-Toure shortlisted for African Footballer of the Year title

CAPE TOWN, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Yaya Toure remained on course to be named African Footballer of the Year for a record-equalling third successive time after being named on Wednesday as one of the three finalists for the award to be handed out later this month.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) cut the list of candidates for the 2013 award down from 10, with Toure up against his Ivory Coast teammate Didier Drogba and Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Dec 16, 2013

India begin life without Tendulkar against fiery South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – India begin life without “Little Master” on Wednesday, taking on top ranked South Africa in the first of a two-test series in their first contest since Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement.

After nearly a quarter of a century of cricket, Tendulkar retired last month with more than 34000 international runs against his name to go with a slew of batting records.

Dec 16, 2013

Cricket-India begin life without Tendulkar against fiery S Africa

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 16 (Reuters) – India begin life without “Little Master” on Wednesday, taking on top ranked South Africa in the first of a two-test series in their first contest since Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement.

After nearly a quarter of a century of cricket, Tendulkar retired last month with more than 34000 international runs against his name to go with a slew of batting records.

Dec 15, 2013

South Africa to return to routine after Mandela funeral

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Sport in South Africa is set to return to normal on Monday after the funeral of Nelson Mandela with the much-anticipated cricket series against India and an end to the first half of the domestic soccer season dominating a busy pre-Christmas period.

Memorials over the last week for the former South African president, plus wet somber weather, necessitated change in schedules, but no one seemed to mind.

Dec 15, 2013

Sport-South Africa to return to routine after Mandela funeral

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Sport in South Africa is set to return to normal on Monday after the funeral of Nelson Mandela with the much-anticipated cricket series against India and an end to the first half of the domestic soccer season dominating a busy pre-Christmas period.

Memorials over the last week for the former South African president, plus wet sombre weather, necessitated change in schedules, but no one seemed to mind.

Dec 11, 2013

Decisive Galatasaray goal crowns difficult year for Sneijder

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – Wesley Sneijder ended a year of contrasting fortunes by scoring the winning goal against Juventus on Wednesday that propelled Galatasaray into the Champions League knockout stages.

Six months ago Sneijder’s career was at a crossroads after he was stripped of the captaincy of the Dutch national team, then left out of the side because of a lack of fitness.

Dec 11, 2013

Soccer-Decisive Galatasaray goal crowns difficult year for Sneijder

Dec 11 (Reuters) – Wesley Sneijder ended a year of contrasting fortunes by scoring the winning goal against Juventus on Wednesday that propelled Galatasaray into the Champions League knockout stages.

Six months ago Sneijder’s career was at a crossroads after he was stripped of the captaincy of the Dutch national team, then left out of the side because of a lack of fitness.

Dec 6, 2013

Mandela’s ‘Madiba Magic’ cast spell of sporting success

CAPE TOWN, Dec 6 (Reuters) – It was on his inauguration day in 1994 that the concept of ‘Madiba Magic’ was born – the winning influence that Nelson Mandela engendered whenever he went to watch a South African sports team.

A soccer international against Zambia had been organised at Ellis Park in Johannesburg to celebrate the transition of power on May 10, 1994 but the South Africans were outplayed by their guests through a goalless first half in front of a 50,000 strong crowd on a day of celebration.

Dec 6, 2013

Mandela key to ushering South Africa back to global stage

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – While the world mourns his death, Nelson Mandela will also be celebrated as the man at the heart of South Africa’s return to world competition after decades of Apartheid-enforced isolation, using sport as a means of reconciliation between the country’s diverse racial groups.

Mandela, who died aged 95 on Thursday, trumpeted an early return to international participation, encouraged South African sporting personalities and significantly saved the Springbok emblem, putting a firm lid on a contentious debate