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South Africa investigates $80 million bitcoin scam

South African authorities are investigating an alleged cryptocurrency scam that defrauded investors of 1 billion rand ($80 million) with promises of huge returns that never materialized, police said on Friday. The fraud investigation involves a company named BTC Global, which told clients they would earn 2 percent per day, 14 percent a week and 50…

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Warner wife miscarried after ball-tampering scandal

The wife of disgraced cricketer David Warner revealed Thursday she suffered a miscarriage in the aftermath of her husband’s part in a ball-tampering scandal that rocked the game. Candice Warner said the couple lost the baby a week after his tearful press conference in Sydney in late March after he was sent home from Australia’s…

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Two killed as MQM-Lyari gang rivalry reaches South Africa

The rivalry between the MQM London and Lyari gangs has reached South Africa as the two members of pro-Altaf group have been killed in Johannesburg, sources told SAMAA. MQM-L workers, identified as Irfan and Majeed Manjila, were killed by Ustad Taju gang of Lyari in South Africa. Sources said Majeed was wanted in murder cases…

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ICC test rankings: India stay at no.1, Bangladesh go above the Windies

India continued to sit atop the tree in the ICC Test Team Rankings following the latest update on Tuesday 1 May, with South Africa at No.2 and Australia at No.3. Not only that, with the results from 2014-15 being removed from the equation and those from 2015-16 and 2016-17 being weighted at 50 per cent,…

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Schedule of Pakistan tour to South Africa announced

JOHANNESBURG: The schedule of Pakistan’s tour of South Africa was announced on Monday.  Pakistan will play three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa this year. Pakistan, who will tour South Africa for the first time since 2013/14, will play the prime holiday season Tests in December and January, with Centurion…

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Clarke offers to play for Australia after ball scandal

SYDNEY: Retired cricket Test captain Michael Clarke on Sunday offered to play for Australia for free to help the team recover after the downfall of his successor Steve Smith over a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Smith and vice-captain David Warner were stripped of their leadership roles and banned from the sport for one year…

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South Africa beat Australia, take series 3-1

Johannesburg: Vernon Philander sent Australia crashing to defeat with a sensational spell of bowling on the fifth day of the fourth Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Tuesday. Philander took a career-best six for 21 as Australia were bowled out for 118, giving South Africa victory by 493 runs, a record runs margin…

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Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Mandela dies at 81

Johannesburg: Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, died on Monday at the age of 81, her spokesman said. She died in a Johannesburg hospital after a long illness, spokesman Victor Dlamini said in a statement. Winnie Mandela, who was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, played a high-profile…

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Injuries prompt South Africa to bat on

Johannesburg: Injuries emerged as a key factor as South Africa batted on despite holding a huge lead on the fourth day of the fourth Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday. South Africa were 344 for six at tea, a lead of 611. Captain Faf du Plessis hit 120 and Dean Elgar made…

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Century-making Markram piles on misery for embattled Australia

Johannesburg: A career-best century by Aiden Markram added pain to an Australian side reeling from the ball tampering scandal on the first day of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday. Markram made a flawless 152 before the beleaguered Australians fought back with four late strikes as South Africa…

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Sandpaper Scandal: David Warner issues apology for ball-tampering

SYDNEY: Cricket David Warner has issued a formal apology to the cricketing world over his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal which rocked Cricket Australia. Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for a year and Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months after admitting guilty of tampering the ball in the third Test match against…

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Ball tampering incident a reality check – Amla

Johannesburg: South African batsman Hashim Amla said Wednesday that the controversy over ball tampering in the third Test against Australia “gives every team in the world a reality check”. Amla was responding to the bans imposed on Australia’s Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. He said that the events of Cape Town should lead…

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Steve Smith, David Warner step down amid ball-tampering investigation

MELBOURNE: Australia’s Steve Smith and David Warner stepped down as the team’s captain and vice-captain amid stunning ball-tampering revelations. Cricket Australia said the pair had agreed to give up their leadership roles following “discussions” with the governing body, with wicketkeeper Tim Paine to take the reins for the remainder of the third test in Cape…

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Cricket scandal: Bancroft, Smith admit ball-tampering

Cape Town: Australia’s Cameron Bancroft and captain Steve Smith admitted to ball-tampering during the third Test against South Africa on Saturday, sending shockwaves through cricket. Bancroft was caught on television cameras appearing to rub a yellow object on the ball, and later said: “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I want…

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Markram stretches S.Africa lead beyond 200

Cape Town: Aiden Markram survived two dropped catches and went on to make 84 as South Africa extended their lead beyond 200 in the third Test against Australia on Saturday. Markram was out for 84 shortly before tea on the third day, which South Africa reached on 151 for three, an overall lead of 207,…

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South Africa’s Rabada wins duel with Warner

Cape Town:Kagiso Rabada was hit for five boundaries in a row by David Warner but won a duel with the Australian opening batsman when he sent Warner’s off stump cartwheeling on the second day of the third Test on Friday. Warner was bowled for 30 and Australia were 67 for two at lunch in reply…

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S.Africa’s Rabada to learn ban appeal result by Wednesday

Cape Town: Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will learn the result of his appeal against a ban for the remaining two Tests against Australia within 48 hours following a hearing on Monday, Cricket South Africa said. The hearing, via teleconference with judicial commissioner Michael Heron of New Zealand, lasted for more than five hours. Cricket South…

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Rabada test ban appeal to be heard on Monday

Cape Town: Kagiso Rabada’s appeal against his two match Test ban will be heard on Monday, the International Cricket Council announced on Friday. A senior New Zealand lawyer, Michael Heron QC, has been appointed the Judicial Commissioner and will conduct the hearing by teleconference. Heron will have 48 hours to reach a decision – which…

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Key South African bowler banned for two Tests

Port Elizabeth: South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was on Monday banned for the two remaining Tests against Australia – and admitted that he would have to change how he celebrates wickets. Rabada was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” with Australian captain Steve Smith after dismissing Smith in the first innings. He…

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Rabada stars as South Africa beat Australia

PORT ELIZABETH: Kagiso Rabada took 11 wickets in the match as South Africa beat Australia by six wickets in the second test to level the four-match series. South Africa made heavy work of reaching their modest target before captain Faf du Plessis (2) and Theunis de Bruyn (11) guided them to 102 for four. The…

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Cricket: Rabada faces new charge

Port Elizabeth, South Africa: South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, already facing a ban for the remaining two Tests against Australia, was on Monday hit with a new charge in the latest incident of a bad-tempered series. The International Cricket Council announced that Rabada had been charged with a level one offence following a send-off…

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