Lions coach feels Jaguars and Sunwolves should be axed

Lions coach Johan Ackermann feels sorry for the Cheetahs and Southern Kings who were forced out of Super Rugby. The southern hemisphere competition will be reduced from 18 to 15 teams from next year, with two South African teams and one from Australia to be omitted. Ackermann, though, feels that Argentina’s Jaguars and Japan’s Sunwolves should be axed.

Jaco Kriel of the Lions (l) and coach Johan Ackerman

Roger Federer qualifies for ATP Finals for record 15th time

Roger Federer has secured his place in the ATP Finals for a record 15th time after the Swiss world number three won a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday. The 35-year-old six-time champion joins French Open winner Rafa Nadal in the season-ending tournament at the O2 Arena in London, having played in the event for a record 14 consecutive years from 2002-2015 before missing out last year through injury.

Roger Federer

Mercedes wants Lewis Hamilton to continue beyond 2018 season

Amid Lewis Hamilton's latest retirement rumours and his potential move to Ferrari after 2018 season, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said that he is pushing the three-time world champion to continue with the team beyond 2018. After Hamilton slashed down the driver's championship gap to one point following a victory at the British Grand Prix, the Briton had refused to rule out retirement any time soon.

Cheetahs Bring In Blitzboks For Currie Cup Opener

The Free State Cheetahs have added three Blitzboks to their matchday 22 for their Currie Cup opener against the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Friday. Rosco Specman comes into the side and starts in the No.14 jersey, while Chris Dry and Cecil Afrika will start the game on the bench. Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 Francois Venter, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Neil Jordaan, 5 Daniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Charles Marais. Replacements: 16 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 17 Reinach Venter, 18 Rynier Bernado, 19 Chris Dry, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 JW Jonker, 22 Cecil Afrika.

Cecil Afrika

Sadio Mane set to return to full training

Sadio Mane is set to resume full training when Liverpool return to Melwood next week – and will join his teammates at the club’s pre-season camp in Germany. Initially, the Senegal forward remained on Merseyside as the rest of the squad travelled to Hong Kong on Sunday to continue his rehabilitation programme following knee surgery back in April.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane

No end in sight to standoff between Ajax Cape Town and Rivaldo Coetzee

There is still no end in sight to the impasse between Ajax Cape Town and want-away defender Rivaldo Coetzee‚ leaving coach Stanley Menzo frustrated over the impact on his pre-season plans. Coetzee has not reported for pre-season training‚ hopeful of either pushing for a move away from the club or to land a better deal having been named Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year in the 2016/17 season.

Rivaldo Coetzee

Namibian sprint legend Frankie Fredericks is suspended

Former Namibian sprinter and IAAF Council member Frankie Fredericks has been provisionally suspended from athletics pending an investigation into a potential ethics violation. Fredericks is being investigated by the athletics integrity unit over payments received from Papa Massata Diack, son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack, on the day Rio won a vote to host the 2016 Olympics.

SuperSport United are considering relocating

SuperSport United are considering relocating from Lucas Moripe Stadium to a more compact venue to make the most of the support they draw. The club's chief executive, Stanley Matthews, said: “We are in talks with the city council about taking over Caledonian Stadium and reviving it. We feel that it could be a viable solution for us, a 6000-7000-seater stadium, close to the city hub where people can walk to the game.”

Thuso Phala of SuperSport United

Big blow for Chiefs who lose Charlie Ngatai

The Chiefs will be without midfielder Charlie Ngatai for their Super Rugby quarter-final against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday. According to the Stuff website, an ankle injury suffered in the 28-10 final-round win over the Brumbies in Hamilton last Saturday night kept the 26-year-old from travelling with the team

SASCOC and Graeme Joffe reach out-of-court settlement

SASCOC has welcomed the request by lawyers for Graeme Joffe for a settlement in their long-standing legal case. Hollard Insurance, who is proving insurance cover for Joffe, proposed a settlement whereby Joffe will pay SASCOC R1.3 million.

Smuts replaces Markram in SA ‘A’ ODI squad

Jon-Jom Smuts has been added to the South Africa 'A' squad for the triangular limited overs series against India 'A' and Afghanistan 'A'. He replaces Aiden Markram who will be staying with the Proteas currently engaged in the Test series in England.

JJ Smuts

Romelu Lukaku scores first goal for Man United

Romelu Lukaku scored his first Manchester United goal as Jose Mourinho's side overcame Real Salt Lake 2-1 in a fiery friendly in Utah. The Belgian, 24, who signed from Everton for £75m, got the winner seven minutes before half-time to add to Henrikh Mkhitaryan's equaliser after United had fallen behind on 20 minutes.

Romelu Lukaku

Olivier Giroud could be leaving Arsenal

Their tour of Sydney could be the last time fans see Olivier Giroud in an Arsenal shirt, with the French forward hinting he could be on his way out of the club. There has been plenty of speculation regarding Giroud’s future following the arrival of the club’s record signing Alexandre Lacazette.

Olivier Giroud

Trish Johnson completes wire-to-wire victory at inaugural Senior LPGA Championship

Briton Trish Johnson completed a wire-to-wire victory at the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank on Wednesday on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. She turned in a final-round 73 to finish at 4-under, 212 for the 54-hole event, three shots clear of American Michele Redman.

SA claim two medals at U18 Champs

The South African team opened their campaign in spectacular fashion on Wednesday, securing top spot in the medals table after the first day of competition at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. Competing in wet conditions, sprinters Tshenolo Lemao and Retshidisitswe Mlenga earned gold and silver respectively in the Boys 100m final. The duo scooped the nation's first ever medals in a world championship event over the short-sprint distance, with Lemao clocking 10.57, holding off Mlenga by just 0.04.

Cheetahs flyhalf dropped after car accident

A car accident reportedly contributed to Cheetahs flyhalf Niel Marais being demoted to the bench for their final Super Rugby encounter against the Southern Kings. Fred Zeilinga replaces Marais in the Cheetahs starting team which shows five changes. Team: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Elandre Huggett, 1 Ox Nche