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Ice cool Candice Manuel inspires superb SA win

 Candice Manuel, who scored two goals in three minutes, was the toast of South African hockey on Sunday night as she secured a thrilling 3-2 win for the national women’s side over the USA at the Wits Astro, putting the host nation into the Hockey World League quarterfinals. Manuel, who …

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Gritty Proteas in the driving seat at Trent Bridge

 The Proteas achieved their dual objectives of setting England a fourth innings chase far in excess of anything that has previously been achieved and of subjecting the pitch to another day of wear and tear on the third day of the second Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on …

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Eskom denies allegations that it is broke

 Electricity parastatal Eskom on Sunday denied media reports that the state-owned company (SOC) is facing a cash crisis. Eskom had noted weekend media reports concerning its financial sustainability, it said in a statement. “Due to limitations around disclosing financial information before the official announcement which is scheduled for Wednesday, Eskom is …

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Donald Trump, Border Walls, and Flying Bags of Heroin

On Thursday, President Donald Trump stressed the importance of a particular feature of his proposed border wall: transparency. His reason? Without it, a 60-pound bag of heroin might fly over, and hit an unassuming passerby on the head, striking them dead. The vivid image invites flashbacks to Chuck Jones cartoons, …

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Wasteful start denies SA hockey men a historic win

South Africa’s men’s side did not show any inclination to back down against the powerhouse Germany team and were left to lament what could have been as they went down 4-3 to the number three ranked side in a thrilling Hockey World League Semifinals match at the Wits Astro on …

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Proteas have finally ditched JP Duminy

 The Proteas’ patience with the embattled JP Duminy has finally run out. Captain Faf du Plessis on Thursday confirmed the 33-year-old left-hander has been dropped for the second Test in Nottingham starting on Friday. It means the skipper himself will in all likelihood shoulder the responsibility of batting at No …

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US Farms Could Suffer as the Arctic Heats Up

  Planet Earth is getting hotter. One of the more confusing aspects of this global trend is the persistent, undeniable discomfort of winter. Even more confusing is when that chilly weather continues into April, May, or godforbidpleasenot June. This might clear the confusion (but probably not the frustration): Those colder …

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Cheap Chinese and Russian missiles pose threat

  Cheap missiles from Russia and China are a major threat to expensive assets such as Britain’s new aircraft carriers, a think tank has warned. Russia and China have gained the surveillance and precision strike capabilities to put Western ships, large military aircraft and even any land system at “serious …

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May ‘dismayed’ US pulling out of Paris accord

  Theresa May has said at the G20 summit she is “dismayed” Donald Trump has decided to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The Prime Minister was speaking to reporters in a news conference at the G20 summit with the richest developed and emerging economies, after meeting the US President. …

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