Anderson fails at final hurdle

"This isn't the result I wanted but I'll keep fighting & I'll be back," the South African said after his first career final.

He also called Nadal "one of the greatest ambassadors in our sport," per ATP World Tour.

While this was the last major of the season, there are still several big events remaining in 2017, including the Shanghai Masters and Paris Masters leading up to the ATP Finals. Based on Nadal's recent play, he should be able to once again end the year as the No. 1 player in the world.






NZ referee for Wallabies v Boks in Perth

New Zealand’s Glen Jackson will referee Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test between Australia and South Africa in Perth (kick-off 12:05 SA time).

Jackson will be assisted by compatriot Paul Williams and Ireland’s John Lacey, while New Zealand’s Ben Skeen will be the television match official (TMO).

Meanwhile, Australia’s Angus Gardner will be in charge of the day's earlier match between New Zealand and Argentina in New Plymouth (09:35 SA time).

Gardner will be assisted by Wales’ Nigel Owens and England’s Matthew Carley, with Australia’s George Ayoub the TMO.

Glen Jackson

Franks out but Cane, Crotty back for All Blacks

New Zealand prop Owen Franks has been ruled out for the rest of the year with Achilles problems, but three other injured All Blacks have been cleared to face Argentina in New Plymouth on Saturday.

Sam Cane and Ryan Crotty, who were concussed in the second Rugby Championship Test against Australia, and prop Wyatt Crockett, who suffered a head knock in the first Australia Test, were all available, coach Steve Hansen said on Monday.

Kvitova fights back from knife attack to shine

Battling back after a home-invasion knife attack last December that jeopardised her career, two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova matched her top US Open performance on Sunday by reaching the quarter-finals.

The 13th-seeded Czech left-hander ousted Spanish third seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 to book a Tuesday last-eight date with US ninth seed and seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams.

Kvitova, who also reached the 2015 quarter-finals, is playing only her eighth event of the year after left hand surgery following a break-in assault last December that is still under investigation by Czech police.

Hamilton pulls three points clear of Vettel

Lewis Hamilton took over as leader of the drivers' world championship for the first time this year on Sunday when he claimed a lights-to-flag victory as Mercedes dominated the Italian Grand Prix.

The 32-year-old Briton, seeking his fourth world title, made a perfect start from his record 69th pole position to lead his Mercedes teammate Finn Valtteri Bottas home for his sixth win this year, his third at Monza and the 59th of his career.

Hamilton now leads four-time champion Sebastian Vettel by three points after the German finished third, 36 seconds adrift, in his Ferrari.


Defying age and illness, Venus reaches 39th Slam quarter-final

Defying an energy-sapping disease, Venus Williams has pushed herself farther than she ever imagined at age 37 to reach her 39th career Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open.

US ninth seed Williams, seeking her eighth Grand Slam title and third US Open crown, defeated Spain’s 35th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Sunday.

She booked a Tuesday fight for a semi-final spot against Czech 13th seed Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner who defeated Spanish third seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

Venus Williams

Manny Pacquiao pulls out of Jeff Horn re-match

Filipino great Manny Pacquiao on Friday pulled out of a rematch with world champion Jeff Horn, leaving the Australian looking for another challenger in his title defence.

The Queensland state government, the fight's financial backers, made the announcement two months ahead of the scheduled November 12 bout.

Horn stunned the boxing world with a unanimous 12-round decision over Pacquiao in Brisbane on July 2, a hotly contested result that triggered an outcry in the Philippines.

The World Boxing Organisation moved to quell the controversy by re-scoring the fight with a different set of judges - who found that Horn won by seven rounds to five.

Manny Pacquiao

Land Rover new sponsor for Boks

SA Rugby on Friday announced Land Rover as the latest blue-chip company to back the Springboks when it signed an agreement as an associate sponsor and official vehicle partner.

The class-leading vehicle manufacturer has signed a three-year partnership with SA Rugby, which will see Land Rover support the Boks’ Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign, of which Land Rover is a global sponsor.

Lewis Hamilton dominates first practice at Monza

Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton dominated the first practice for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday, lapping more than a second quicker than Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

The Mercedes driver, who will take over at the top of the Formula One standings if he wins at Ferrari's home track, lapped the fastest circuit on the calendar with a best time of one minute 21.537 seconds.

Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas made it a one-two for the reigning champions on a cloudy morning session with the occasional drop of rain with a time 0.435 seconds slower than Hamilton.

Vettel, the four times world champion who is seven points clear of Hamilton after 12 of 20 races, was third fastest in 1:22.652 with his Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen fourth in 1:22.689.

Premier League clubs in record 1.4bn window

English Premier League clubs spent a record £1.4 billion on players in a summer transfer window but were still living "well within their means" according to figures published by football analysts Deloitte on Friday.

The window, which closed in England on Thursday, also saw teams from English football's top tier set a new deadline day spending record of £210 million.

The late splashing of cash took the league's overall transfer spending figure since the very first transfer window in January 2003 past £10 billion.

The total amount spent by Premier League clubs in this transfer window was up 23 percent on last year's record figure. Premier League clubs have also broken the record for spending in a single season (£1.430 million) and calendar year (£1.645 million).

Romelu Lukaku

Maria Sharapova says players fear her

Maria Sharapova made the US Open last 32 on Wednesday, insisting she has instilled renewed fear into her rivals and rekindled the love from her fans.

The former world number one and five-time major winner pulled off a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1 win over Timea Babos of Hungary.

It was her second three-set match, having seen off world number two Simona Halep on Monday in what was her first Grand Slam match since being hit with a 15-month doping ban.

World 800m champion Bosse ‘brutally assaulted’

World 800m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse sustained "multiple facial fractures" after a vicious late-night attack in the southwest Gironde region of France last weekend.

Bosse, 25, said on his Facebook page on Wednesday that he was the "victim of a violent attack" while on holiday and had been "brutally assaulted by three individuals".

He said he had suffered "unspeakable psychological damage" as a result of the incident and had been forced to put an early end to his season.

Coenie Oosthuizen cleared to tour with the Springboks

The Springboks will tour Australasia with a full-strength squad after tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen was cleared of serious injury on Wednesday.

The big front rower sustained a rib injury during the Bok’s 41-23 win over Argentina in Salta‚ but scans revealed no fracture.

Former South African cricket captain Kepler Wessels backs Gibson appointment

Former South African cricket captain Kepler Wessels has applauded Cricket South Africa for appointing Ottis Gibson as new head coach of the Proteas.

Gibson was on Wednesday confirmed as the new coach of the Proteas, replacing Russell Domingo who was demoted to SA ‘A’ coach.

John Mitchell swings the axe at Blue Bulls

Blue Bulls executive of rugby John Mitchell has made significant changes to the side to face the Griquas at Loftus on Friday night as a response for their embarrassing 51-15 Currie Cup away loss to the Pumas last week.

Prop Lizo Gqoboka‚ lock Ruben van Heerden‚ flanker Jannes Kirsten‚ No8 Nic de Jager‚ centre JT Jackson and fullback Warrick Gelant are the only survivors after the Bulls' heavy defeat in Nelspruit.

Blue Bulls Team: 15. Warrick Gelant‚ 14. Duncan Matthews‚ 13. Johnny Kotze‚ 12. JT Jackson‚ 11. Rabs Maxwane‚ 10. Marnitz Boshoff‚ 9. Ivan van Zyl‚ 8. Nic de Jager (c)‚ 7. Jannes Kirsten‚ 6. Shaun Adendorff‚ 5. Ruben van Heerden‚ 4. Aston Fortuin‚ 3. Dayan van der Westhuizen‚ 2. Edgar Marutlulle‚ 1. Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements: 16. Johan Grobbelaar‚ 17. Matthys Basson‚ 18. Jano Venter‚ 19. Tim Agaba‚18. Andre Warner‚ 19. Tony Jantjies/Trinus de Beer‚ 20. Franco Naude/Stedman Gans.

Liverpool agree £40m deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool have agreed a £40m deal to sign Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The 24-year-old, who rejected a move to Chelsea on Tuesday after a fee had been agreed, will join Liverpool on a five-year contract worth £120,000 a week.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is in the final year of his Arsenal contract, rejected a new deal worth up to £180,000 a week to stay at the Emirates.