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Resurrecting past sporting glory

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 06:31

Bruce Hughes: Do you consider yourself a bit of a sportsperson. You achieved a fair few accolades at school and your friends convinced you that within the next couple of years you could be battling Djokovic, Messi, Armstrong (and his armada of drugs), or whoever else it is at the top of your sport.

You left school with hope in your heart and lofty ambitions of podiums and champagne. Now you’re four weeks into varsity, or maybe it’s a year and four weeks, and you seemed to have regressed in every aspect of your game.

Failure Not an Option for Mourinho

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 06:17

Rob Byrne: I was waiting for that moment, something to change the ebb and flow of the tie.It was almost inconceivable to me that Jose Mourinho would lose out to Manchester United. After all he is a winner, a modern day Napoleon, who has conquered all before him in Portugal, England and Italy.

Spain, however, has proven to be a somewhat trickier proposition for the ‘Special One’, and despite league and cup titles under his belt, he has already surrendered the league title to Barcelona this season.

Ashtray Electric: an exercise in WTF

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 02:43

MELINA MELETAKOS: “Somebody tweeted the other day that they’re glad to see we’re out of our hiatus. It’s like, what f**king hiatus are you talking about? I don’t know where you’ve been, but we’ve been playing,” vents Ashtray Electric guitarist Rudi Cronje, clearly irked.

Not only have they been playing, but Ashtray Electric have recently released new material too and, true to their moniker as indie rock mavericks, they opted for an unorthodox approach to the whole process.

Application open: SA hero needed

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:46

Stephanie Venter: When Oscar shot Reeva, the dreams of a nation died. When Lance admitted to doping, faith in sport quaked. When Tiger slept around, the core idea of a family man was shattered. And when Hansie accepted a bribe, the world ended.

What did these men have in common? Gender. Great talent. Great success. Life in the public eye. And of course, sports. These scandals have been called the death of the sports star, the fall of the heroic role model, and the consequence of modern, branded heroism. It hasn’t helped that three of them were sponsored by Nike.

Not game for meat in SA?

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:43

Hannah Simon: The horse-meat phenomenon that surfaced in Europe has created worldwide upheaval. While South African meat merchants may not be role-players with regards to the plight of the pony, they are, however, guilty of something related.

Neigh, neigh – forget equestrian eats. Scientists of Stellenbosch University have spotted traces of donkey, goat and water buffalo in some South African meat brands. Sample meats that were initially tested were found to contain ‘unconventional’ (to say the least) ingredients.

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