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SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: Akani Simbine is one of the rising stars in South African athletics. The 20-year-old sprinter represented Tuks at this year’s Varsity Athletics and South Africa at the Commonwealth Games.

You recently ran at the Commonwealth Games. How was the whole experience and what was your proudest moment?

I’m still young in athletics and it’s only my third year doing this. The Commonwealth Games were pretty awesome for me because I was on one stage with all the best sprinters in the world, except the Americans, so it was just like the Olympics and the World Champs. My proudest moment

was when I ran the 200m and qualified for the final. I wasn’t going to do the 200m when I came to the games but then I just decided to move away from withdrawing and just ran. A personal best (20.37) and a final came out of that, which was also totally unexpected.

BRIAN KIAUTHA: After a three-month hiatus the Barclays Premier League is back. During the break, Germany won the World Cup, beating a Messi-led Argentina 1-0. The impact of the German players, such as Mesut Özil and André Schürrle, will soon be felt as the players and fans alike prepare for the new season.

Manchester City made it two league wins in three years at the end of the 2013/14 season, with Liverpool finishing two points behind the champions. Manchester City has had a quiet transfer window so far, but they have brought players like Bacary Sagna and Frank Lampard into the squad as they aim to retain the title.

KAYA NOCANDA: UP-Tuks 1 won this year’s BBRU Carlton Cup beating Pretoria Police 35-13 in the final on Saturday 9 August.

In the build-up to the final UP-Tuks 1 coach Pote Human did not believe that the game was going to be easy and said that there would be “war” when the two sides collided.

The opening ten minutes of the game saw both teams using a lot of one-off runners to assert their dominance in the collisions. UP-Tuks 1 were determined to cross the advantage line with each carry but Pretoria Police’s defence was strong and they were able to repel UP-Tuks 1’s efforts. Team captain and number five lock Reniel Hugo spotted some space behind Police’s defensive line and his chip forced the Police full-back to kick the ball out inside his own 22. UP-Tuks 1 were then able to set up a rolling maul that saw Sidney Tobias scoring the first try of the final. The conversion attempt by Antonie Beswick was unsuccessful.

DEAN HORWITZ: Just two months after winning the Golden Ball at the FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi is back in the headlines, except this time it’s for all the wrong reasons. Messi and his father, Jorge, stand accused of tax evasion to the tune of 5.3 million dollars, an allegation both of them deny. If found guilty, the player and his father could face up to six years in prison and a hefty fine of up to 32 million dollars. 

Messi and his father were officially charged with tax evasion by the Spanish government in September last year. They, together with Messi’s former agent, were all charged with creating an elaborate scheme to conceal his finances using banks and shell companies in the UK, Uruguay, Switzerland and Belize. The charges allege that false tax returns were submitted in an attempt to defraud the Spanish Government of more than three million dollars between 2006 and 2009.

MUHAMMAD HUSSAIN: It was tries galore on a Dunedin-like Great Field as the Rhodes Internal Rugby League continued last Friday evening.

In the first of the night’s fixtures Founders ran in five tries to beat The Hill 34-5.

“We started off a bit slow and they were very good in the beginning, but we got one and another try before halftime,” said Paul Burgess, Captain of the Founders team.

BRIAN KIAUTHA: South African swimming is associated with the likes of Cameron van der Burgh, Roland Schoeman and Chad le Clos, but one name that has been grabbing headlines prior to the commencement of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland is Karin Prinsloo. Arguably the queen of South African swimming, the 24-year-old Limpopo native was selected for the Commonwealth Games after a run of good international performances since her international debut in 2011.

Prinsloo represented South Africa at the All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011, where she won gold in the 4x100m women’s freestyle relay and silver in the women’s 100m backstroke.

KAYA NOCANDA: UP-Tuks 1 coach Pote Human is optimistic about his side’s prospects of defending their BBRU Carlton Cup title. The team has been buoyed by their recent success in the University Sports of South Africa (USSA) Rugby Championship and their form coming into the final, which is set to be staged at Loftus Versfeld.

Human spoke to Perdeby.

Coming into the Top 4 phase of the Carlton Cup, have your achievements in the USSA competition had a significant effect on the team’s morale and their belief that they can defend their title?
Claiming the much sought after USSA championship title for only the second time in the 20-year history of the tournament was a huge morale and confidence booster. We succeeded because every player and management team member lived the dream that we were meant to be the 2014 champions. I am very proud of them all.

ABONGILE SKOSANA: AmaTuks open the 2014/2015 Absa Premiership campaign on 9 August against newly-promoted Polokwane City. Perdeby spoke to AmaTuks head coach Steven Barker about their upcoming season.

AmaTuks did not finish in the top eight of the Absa Premiership last season. How are you planning to up your game this season?
Compared to what many people think, I don’t think it was a poor season and often the log position doesn’t determine the performance that we put on last season, but yeah, it was a tough season for us, having lost a number of key players. I do think that the team played well last season and there were a lot of games  that we never really lost [but] we were unfortunate not to have got more out of those games. This season we are far more settled in terms of the squad and the pre-season preparations. We’ve got the majority of the squad from day one as compared to last season. So, I think that would be a big bonus for us this year and a lot of our young players were the youngest players in the league last season ... and I think that extra year [of] experience will help us this coming season.

FIONA DRUMMOND: Rhodes University DanceSport travelled to Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban to take part in the University Sport South Africa (USSA) DanceSport competition. The competition, which took place from 1-2 July, saw 19 tertiary institutions dance it off. Couples from Rhodes competed in both the Ballroom and Latin sections in levels one; two and three, as well as Novice Latin.

The competition was fierce as couples had to progress through elimination rounds before making it to a final. In level one Ballroom 58 couples competed.  Rhodes dancers Thabang Seloma and Louise Endacott made the quarter-finals, while Haig Smuts and Phuttie Masenya came third. The level two section consisted of 36 couples and Hayden Searle and Donna Stevens made the semi-final and came 12th. In the final Damon Hook and Layla Radosavljevic placed fourth and Andreas Astier and Fiona Drummond took the bronze. The spotlight really shone in level three where Evan Miles and Samantha Hultum won all four of their dances to claim the gold, beating 25 other couples.

NQOBILE DLUDLA: Bivest Wits advanced to the semi-finals of the season’s first big tournament after trashing Bloemfontein Celtic 4-3 on penalties at the Bidvest Stadium on Friday night.

Wits goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane won the game for the Clever Boys by saving an attempt from Celtic’s Limbikani Mzava with the game at 3 each in the MTN8 tournament.  The match ended goalless after 120 minutes of play.

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