Everton reject £25m bid from Chelsea for Ross Barkley

Everton have rejected a £25m offer from Chelsea for Ross Barkley, but the England midfielder could still leave the club before Thursday's deadline.

Chelsea's offer was below Everton's original £50m price tag - although it is likely this will be reduced as he has only one year left on his contract.





EFC ratings go through the roof

The EFC 62 viewer ratings are in, and they continue to place EFC programming amongst the most popular on Sub-saharan television, as well as across the globe.

Over 1.8 million fans tuned in to watch the historic champion vs champion bout between Du Plessis and Bahati on 19 August, live on SABC 3 - a significant jump from the 1.5 million that tuned in to EFC 60.

The new figures place EFC at over 17.1 million unique SABC 3 viewers since February of this year. EFC 62 was also Twitter’s number one trending topic in South Africa for over nine hours on fight night.




Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari fear nothing

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari no longer have any cause to fear any of the circuits on the F1 calendar.

Arriving at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit there were some questions about Ferrari's ability to tackle the high-speed fast-flowing circuit.

Vettel answered those with a P2 on the grid and a runner-up result on Sunday afternoon.

Vettel


Roger Federer survives massive US Open scare

Roger Federer made a narrow escape in a tense five-set thriller on Tuesday, sorting out worries about a back injury and poor preparation to reach the second round of the US Open.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion outlasted 70th-ranked US 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in a shockingly tough battle that boosted his hopes of a deep run on the New York hard-courts.

Roger Federer


Arsenal reject £50m from Manchester City for Sanchez

Arsenal have rejected a £50m bid from Premier League rivals Manchester City for forward Alexis Sanchez.

The 28-year-old, who scored 24 league goals last season, is out of contract next summer and wants to play for City manager Pep Guardiola.

Arsenal have rebuffed all approaches for Sanchez, and would like City's Raheem Sterling as part of any deal before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Alexis Sanchez


The ‘Troublemaker’ will take on Angolan Nerick Simoes at EFC 63

Another exciting fight added to the EFC 63 card. Cape Town’s outspoken rising star, Faeez ‘Troublemaker’ Jacobs, looks to go 3-0 in EFC when he takes on the undefeated Angolan Nerick Simoes on the 9th of September at GrandWest.

Faeez ‘Troublemaker’ Jacobs vs  Angolan Nerick Simoes


Olympic runner found dead in pool

Police in Arizona say Olympic middle-distance runner David Torrence has died after being pulled from a swimming pool at a condominium complex.

Police say the 31-year-old Torrence, who represented Peru at the 2016 Summer Olympics, came to Scottsdale a few weeks ago to train.

Staff members at the Centre Court Condominiums in Scottsdale called 911 about 07:30 on Monday after seeing a man at the bottom of the pool.

City firefighters say Torrence was pronounced dead at the scene.




Floyd Mayweather reaches the $1 billion mark

Saturday's superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor exceeded expectations even in the eyes of its biggest critics.

Mayweather, 40, won the fight by a TKO in the 10th round - and promptly confirmed his retirement from the ring for a second time with a fight record that now stands at 50-0.

While appearing on Showtime’s “All Access: Mayweather-McGregor” to promote the fight, Mayweather claimed that his total earnings for the fight would top $300 million, pushing his career earnings past the $1 billion mark.

Floyd Mayweather


Khalil Akleker withdraws from EFC 63

Cape Town's Khalil Akleker has been forced to withdraw from his EFC 63 bout with Armand Scheepers due to a shoulder injury. The DRC's deadly Gunther Kalunda has stepped in to take his place, at the proviso of it taking place at welterweigh

Khalil Akleker


Rugby – Pollard included in Springbok squad for Australasian tour – is this a joke?

Flyhalf Handré Pollard was a surprise inclusion in the Springbok squad for the Australasian leg of the Rugby Championship named by coach Allister Coetzee on Tuesday.

Pollard‚ 23‚ has played fewer than 80 minutes of rugby in the past 16 months due to severe ankle and knee injuries‚ but has been rehabilitating and training with the Bulls in recent weeks.

Forwards:
Uzair Cassiem (flank), Toyota Cheetahs
Lood de Jager (lock), Vodacom Bulls
Ruan Dreyer (prop), Emirates Lions
Dan du Preez (No 8), Cell C Sharks
Jean-Luc du Preez (loose forward), Cell C Sharks
Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock), DHL Stormers
Eben Etzebeth (lock), DHL Stormers
Steven Kitshoff (prop), DHL Stormers
Siya Kolisi (flank), DHL Stormers
Jaco Kriel (loose forward), Emirates Lions / Kubota Spears (Jap)
Malcolm Marx (hooker), Emirates Lions
Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), DHL Stormers
Franco Mostert (lock), Emirates Lions / Ricoh Black Rams (Jap)
Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Cell C Sharks
Trevor Nyakane (prop), Vodacom Bulls
Coenie Oosthuizen (prop), Cell C Sharks
Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker), Cell C Sharks

Backs:
Andries Coetzee (fullback), Emirates Lions
Ross Cronje (scrumhalf), Emirates Lions
Damian de Allende (centre), DHL Stormers
Francois Hougaard (scrumhalf), Worcester (England)
Elton Jantjies (flyhalf), Emirates Lions / NTT Shining Arcs (Jap)
Jesse Kriel (centre), Vodacom Bulls
Dillyn Leyds (utility back), DHL Stormers
Rudy Paige (scrumhalf), Vodacom Bulls
Handre Pollard (flyhalf), Vodacom Bulls
Raymond Rhule (wing), Toyota Cheetahs
Jan Serfontein (centre), Vodacom Bulls
Courtnall Skosan (wing), Emirates Lions

Handré Pollard


Comitis slams Cape Town Stadium management

Cape Town City boss John Comitis is considering moving his team's matches to another venue after fans were barred from entering the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday.

The Citizens beat Bidvest Wits 1-0 in the first leg of their MTN8 semi-final clash, but it was in front of a sparse home support.

Ironically, a large percentage of the fans who did turn out were actually Kaizer Chiefs supporters.

The issue apparently arose when supporters encountered problems buying tickets at pre-allocated retail outlets, and were then informed via the club's social media channels that they could buy tickets at the ground.

However, security at the venue would not allow supporters to purchase their tickets at the stadium and turned fans away as a result.




McCarthy insists he has no beef with captain Lebogang Manyama

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy insists there has been no falling out with captain Lebogang Manyama‚ but admits he did not think the Bafana Bafana midfielder was fully focused on his job ahead of the MTN8 semifinal first leg against BidVest Wits on Sunday.




Lions coach says he is not desperate for a win

Swys de Bruin says he is not desperate as he hunts a first win since taking over as head coach of the Golden Lions.

With Johan Ackermann now at Gloucester in England, De Bruin has been entrusted with the head coaching duties at the Lions, but his tenure has started in less than spectacular fashion.

The Lions have lost all three matches since De Bruin took over and are currently bottom of the overall Currie Cup standings.




Spieth regains second spot on World Rankings

Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth regained second spot in the world golf rankings on Monday, August 28 despite losing to top-ranked Dustin Johnson in a play-off at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday.

The American Spieth, who won his third major title at the Open Championship last month, overtakes Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

Johnson strengthened his grip on the world number one ranking thanks to his first win since injuring himself falling down stairs before April's Masters.

Jordan Spieth


Liverpool agree record deal to sign Guinea star midfielder Naby Keita

Guinea international midfielder Naby Keita will join Premier League giants Liverpool in July 2018 after the English outfit agreed a reported club record deal of £48 million with German side RB Leipzig.




Druggie Sharapova dispatches of Halep

Despite all Simona Halep's work preparing for the US Open, the second-ranked Romanian could not prevent her worst nightmare from coming true - a first-round loss to Maria Sharapova.

The 146th-ranked Russian wildcard improved to 7-0 lifetime record against Halep with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 triumph on Monday on the New York hard-courts, marking Halep's 30th Grand Slam appearance without a title.

Maria Sharapova