TENNIS: Ominous Serena, Djokovic make Open statements

By AFP A focused Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition Tuesday as world number one Novak Djokovic destroyed his opponent as he targets a record seventh title. US Open champion Naomi Osaka also stormed through, but world number one Simona Halep was lucky to stay alive, needing to

Serena Williams

Serena shooting for Slam history

By AFP Serena Williams has adopted a low profile ahead of the Australian Open, but rival players admit the American’s shadow looms large in Melbourne as she eyes a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown. Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, and now attempts to

Ex-ZOC boss Robert Mutsauki lands Kenyan job

By Sports Reporter FORMER Zimbabwe Olympic Committee chief executive Robert Mutsauki has bounced back into mainstream sports administration after being appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to spearhead the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) Strategic Plan for 2019-2024. The renowned sports administrator served as technical director of the Association of National Olympic Committees

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather admits he could be KO’d by Tenshin Nasukawa

Mirror Floyd Mayweather admits his bizarre exhibition against Tenshin Nasukawa could end in disaster. The boxing legend takes on the Japanese kickboxing star over three rounds under boxing rules in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve. The result is irrelevant as the fight will not count towards either man’s record. And Mayweather insists he is not

Tatenda Taibu

Tatenda Taibu hints on Zim cricket comeback

By Sports Reporter FORMER Zimbabwe Cricket captain Tatenda Taibu is not ruling out another sensational return to the national team following his surprise return from retirement recently to play for Sri Lankan first class cricket side Baduraliya Sports Club. The 35-year-old Zimbabwean wicket-keeper batsman appears to have got his comeback to first class cricket off

Zimbabwe seeks funding for maiden Netball World Cup appearance

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE Netball Association (ZINA) president Leticia Chipandu has appealed to the corporate world to financially assist the national team ahead of its maiden appearance at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England next year. The national netball side, which is affectionately known as the Gems team, qualified for the tournament for the

Serena Williams

Serena hails rule changes to protect mothers in tennis

By AFP Serena Williams has described the new changes to the ‘Special Ranking’ rule introduced by the WTA for 2019 as “great” and believes the move will encourage more players to take a break from the tour to have children then come back to resume their careers. Under the new rules, returning mothers who have

Dereck Chisora

Anthony Joshua backs Dereck Chisora to ‘whoop’ Dillian Whyte

By Sports Reporter WORLD heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua is backing one of his idols, Zimbabwe-born Dereck Chisora to overcome Dillian Whyte in their scheduled rematch. The British heavyweight rivals will collide for a second time on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. They first met two years ago, with Whyte winning a very

Benjamin (left) with brother

Benjamin Lock wins ITF tennis tourney in SA

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE’S leading tennis player Benjamin Lock capped off a memorable season on tour after winning the International Tennis Federation (ITF)/ Digicall Futures tennis tournament at Maties Tennis Clu in Stellenbosch, South Africa on Sunday. The top seed faced a tough task as he battled against South African Davis Cup star Ruan Roelofse,

Rugby: Zimbabwe outclassed by Blitzboks

IOL CAPE TOWN – The Blitzboks made a big statement against Zimbabwe with a massive 43-0 win to make it two-out-of-two on Day One of the Cape Town Sevens. After beating Samoa in their first task of the second leg of the 2018/19 World Sevens Series, the South Africans made quick work of their opposition

Sprint legend Partson Muderedzi

Sprint legend Partson Muderedzi challenges minister Coventry

By Kwekwe Correspondent FORMER sprint king and Olympian Partson Muderedzi has challenged Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry to spearhead a complete overhaul of sports administration in the country. “The country used to have a vibrant sporting sector because then companies were functional,” Muderedzi told from his Redcliff base recently. “Companies and mines were major sponsors

Tatenda Taibu

Zim cricket legend Taibu set for sensational return as player

By Sports Reporter FORMER Zimbabwe national cricket team captain Tatenda Taibu is poised for a sensational return to professional cricket at the age of 35 after confirming a move to Sri Lankan first-class cricket side Baduraliya Sports Club. Taibu who is set to make his official debut for the club which is based in the

Michael Schumacher’s condition remains a mystery

Mirror Michael Schumacher’s condition ‘remains a mystery’ to even the closest friends of his son Mick. That is the claim made by Ferrari Challenge race Nicklas Nielsen. Nielsen, 21, is said to be a close friend of Schumacher’s 19-year-old son Mick, who was with the F1 legend when he suffered a tragic ski accident almost

Tapiwa Tsomondo

Zim rugby star Tapiwa Tsomondo shines in SA

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE rugby international, Tapiwa Tsomondo capped off a memorable season in South African rugby after being named the 2018 Boland Cavaliers Player of the Year during the Currie Cup side’s end of season awards ceremony held in Paarl, Western Cape on Saturday. The 25-year-old steely loose forward finished as the leading try

Kirsty Coventry

Coventry takes her Heroes Foundation project to Mutare

By Staff Reporter SPORTS and Recreation Minister Kirsty Coventry Friday visited Mutare to introduce her Heroes Foundation project where she emphasised the importance of swimming as a life-saving skill that must be taken up by every child. Coventry, a swimming sensation and country’s most successful athlete in the Olympics, launched the project in Harare June

Peter Moor

Moor, Mavuta aim for elusive Test series win

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE national team wicketkeeper batsman Peter Moor is confident of his team coming up with a good performance against hosts Bangladesh in the second and final Test in Mirpur which starts Sunday. Speaking during a press conference at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Friday, venue of the second and the final Test which

Hamilton Masakadza

Masakadza, Williams bask in historic Test win

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE cricket team captain Hamilton Masakadza was full of praise for his charges after they pulled off an historic first Test victory away from home in almost two decades following their 151-run triumph over Bangladesh in Sylhet on Tuesday. The famous win which was also Zimbabwe’s first against the Tigers, since 2001