ICC bans former Zimbabwe official Ikope for 10 years

Sports Reporter FORMER Zimbabwe Cricket board member Enock Ikope has been banned from the game for 10 years for corruption after attempting to fix the national cricket team’s Test match against the West Indies in 2017. Ikope was found guilty of breaching three counts of the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Anti-Corruption Code. Ikope’s suspension announced

Heath Streak

English side Somerset sign Heath Streak as bowling consultant

By Sports Reporter FORMER Zimbabwe international Heath Streak has signed on for a short coaching stint with English county cricket side Somerset. Streak (44) will link up with the county on their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi after joining as a consultant bowling coach. “I’m excited to work with such an exciting group of bowlers

Sikandar Raza

Sikandar Raza enjoying PSL stint

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE allrounder Sikandar Raza says he is enjoying being part of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) and is learning a lot in the company of a seasoned support staff including Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur and Wasim Akram, who is acknowledged as one of the greatest bowlers of all time. Raza, who

UK-based Zim squash prodigy Gwidzima bags two ANSA awards

By Sports Reporter UK-BASED Zimbabwe’s junior squash sensation Ryan Gwidzima and weapon karateka Wilfred Mashaya were the biggest winners during the Annual National Sports Awards (ANSA) awards held in Harare on Friday night after winning two awards each in recognition of their achievements in 2018. The ANSA awards which are run by the Sports and

Dereck Chisora

Dereck Chisora’s proposed bout cancelled

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE-BORN British heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora will have to wait longer before he can make his comeback to the ring after New Zealander Joseph Parker has pulled the plug on their scheduled fight which was scheduled in London in April. Parker’s promoter David Higgins accused Chisora and his team of a “cowardly

Dereck Chisora

Chisora calls out Joseph Parker ahead of comeback fight

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE-BORN British heavyweight Dereck Chisora has called out New Zealander Joseph Parker for “war” ahead of their likely clash in a headline fight in London in April. Chisora is poised to face former WBO heavyweight champion Parker on April 20 at London’s 02 Arena, the venue of his last fight where he

Maurizio Sarri

Sarri says unconcerned by fan abuse after FA Cup defeat to Man United

KickOff Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri says he was unconcerned by the hostile environment at Stamford Bridge during their FA Cup defeat to Manchester United. The atmosphere towards Sarri turned toxic once United surged ahead thanks to first-half goals from midfield duo Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba. A crescendo of boos greeting of boos greeted

Hamilton Masakadza

Zim Cricket keep faith in captain Masakadza, Moor named vice-captain

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) has retained Hamilton Masakadza as national team captain for all three formats of the game ahead of the 2019/2020 season with wicketkeeper batsman Peter Joseph Moor being named new vice-captain. The decision to keep faith with Masakadza was made by the ZC board of directors following its recent meeting,

Dereck Chisora

Dereck Chisora set for Takam rematch

By Sports Reporter DERECK Chisora could be set for a quick return to the ring after France-based heavyweight Carlos Takam called out the veteran Zimbabwe-born British heavyweight boxer for a rematch following their initial bout six months ago. The 35-year-old Harare-born fighter stopped Takam in an exciting fight in which he was trailing going into

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates her victory over Daria Gavrilova of Australia in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2019 tennis tournament match in St.Petersburg, Russia

Sharapova earns first WTA match win in Russia in 13 years

By Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG: Maria Sharapova earned her first WTA win in her native Russia for 13 years after beating Daria Gavrilova 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Monday. In a win which sets up a second-round match against Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina, Sharapova brushed aside

Japan's Naomi Osaka poses with her trophy the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at Melbourne's Brighton Beach following her win over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne

Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis

By Associated Press MELBOURNE: Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the first player from Asia to top the men’s or women’s tennis rankings — and the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years. “I feel like I’m literally just still learning,” the 21-year-old Osaka said. “Everyone kind of adjusts to

Rafael Nadal

Public enemy? Nadal wants love after Aussie hat-trick

By AFP Rafael Nadal hopes home fans will still love him after he broke their hearts by completing an Aussie hat-trick at the first Grand Slam of the year. The Spanish world number two has only faced Australians so far at Melbourne Park — and sent all three packing in double quick time. James Duckworth,

Serena Williams

Serena and Djokovic relentlessly march on at Austalian Open

By AFP Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic’s relentless drive towards more Australian Open glory cranked up another gear Saturday with third round drubbings, as Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina survived big scares to stay in the hunt. On day six at Melbourne Park, 23-time Grand Slam Williams crushed Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 6-1 before

Serena Williams

Serena Williams back with yet another incredible tennis outfit Serena Williams is inarguably one of today’s most exciting tennis players to watch — not solely because of the energy she brings to her matches, but also because she, as of late, has eschewed traditional tennis outfits for everything from tutus to catsuits. At the Australian Open on Monday night, the tennis legend didn’t

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