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Colombo Test nicely poised

Colombo Test nicely poised

Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Angelo Mathews struck brisk half-centuries to help Sri Lanka set up a thrilling finale to the series-deciding second Test against South Africa on Sunday. Sangakkara (72) hit his tenth 50-plus score of the year and Mathews chipped in with an unbeaten 63 as the hosts declared their second innings on...

SL gain upper hand

SL gain upper hand

Hashim Amla faced a stern test of character in his first series as captain after South Africa lost three key wickets against a determined Sri Lankan bowling attack in the second Test Friday. Amla, 31, dug in with a painstaking 46 off 134 balls as South Africa trailed the hosts by 323 runs with...

Nobel winner Nadine dies at 90

Nobel winner Nadine dies at 90

South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer has died in Johannesburg aged 90. The writer, who was one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid - died at her home after a short illness, her family said. She wrote more than 30 books, including the novels My Son's Story, Burger's Daughter and July's...

It's Cameroon again

From Cameroon's players refusing to board their plane for Brazil to Spain's massive offer, World Cup bonuses have already caused a stir before a ball has been kicked in anger. As ever it was an African country, this time Cameroon, who kicked up the first fuss over bonuses. In 2006 it was Togo while last time out in South Africa it was again Cameroon whose players threatened to go on strike. This time Samuel Eto'o and his teammates initially refused to board...

Ayew sparks Ghana

Jordan Ayew scored three goals and Asamoah Gyan netted another Monday in his return to the starting lineup as Ghana blanked South Korea 4-0 in a World Cup warm-up match. Ayew opened the scoring in the 11th minute, followed with another goal in the 53rd minute and completed the hat trick in the 89th minute. Gyan, the former Sunderland striker, scored in the 44th minute. He had been among reserves earlier in Ghana's World Cup tune-ups but was among 10 players...

Brazuca-fest: 1

O is ready to roll

O is ready to roll

The most popular countdown closes in on a zero. And, within a few hours, an O like object is set to be kicked around by some fleet-footed magicians on the lush greens of Brazil. No less than 150 million pair of eyes across the globe will stay glued, for sure, to this O,...

Brazuca this time

Brazuca this time

With every soccer World Cup, it seems, there is controversy about the ball -- the Jabulani used in South Africa was said to be so unpredictable as to border on the "supernatural". The Fevernova used in South Korea and Japan in 2002 was said to be too light and bouncy, while some complained that...

South Africa's 'born-frees' cast first ballots

Nervous but excited, South Africa's "born-free" generation voted for the first time yesterday, with many still expressing a deep gratitude to the ruling African National Congress for leading the struggle against apartheid. "It feels good that I am voting for the first time and I am proud that I will be voting for the ANC," said 20-year-old Nonhlahla Nkomo. "It deserves my vote. I am in a free South Africa because of the ANC," said Nkomo, a beauty therapy student. At Orlando...

Non-traditional markets show great promise for garments

Garment exports to non-traditional markets are rising at a faster rate than to the traditional markets owing to the stimulus package and duty benefits by emerging markets for Bangladesh. In fiscal 2012-13, garment exports to non-traditional markets such as Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and so on rose 29 percent year-on-year to $2.98 billion, according to data from Export Promotion Bureau. In contrast, exports to traditional markets of the US, Canada and European...

Eng book final date with Oz

Eng book final date with Oz

With a clinical display in the second semifinal England confirmed their place opposite archrivals Australia for the April 6 final of the Women's World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The nine-wicket win over South Africa showed why England and Australia are a cut above in the women's game as...

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