Grandmaster Maurice Ashley plays NYC trash talker

Washington, US - Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley popped by Washington Square Park to take on the local chess players on one of several tables set up at the park. 

According to the Jamaica-born chess pro he chose the table to play at because Vinnie Livermore "used to beat my ass at that same table." Mr. Livermore was a notable chess player and teacher to many.

Mr. Ashley was the first black International Grandmaster and won the accolade in 1999. "I was schooled by the best hustlers back in the day."

Watch as he takes on a New York hustler.

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Gear up for this weekend's Bestmed TuksRace

Johannesburg - Top SA athletes and fun runners will hit the streets of Pretoria at the biggest road-running event in Gauteng – the Bestmed TuksRace – this Saturday (20 February 2016).

The 10km race winner, Rutendo Nyahora, will defend her title at this race while also preparing for an upcoming marathon in Europe. Among the top athletes participating will be LJ Van Zyl – the organisation's brand ambassador and Irvette van Zyl who recently completed 10km in 33 minutesand 30 seconds at one of the Athletics Gauteng North (AGN) races.

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First of its kind 'women only' sports store opens in SA

Cape Town - It's a first for South Africa -- a sports apparel store that caters solely for women (mind the pun). 

This week, Totalsports Women, opened in Cavendish Square mall in Cape Town, offering the usual fare of active wear brands and services. What separated this store from the competitors however was the bra-fitting and clothing alteration services. It's a game changer in a world where positive attention is paid to "free bleeding" and gender equality. 

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Oregan Hoskins: Open your deaf ears, SA

 

 

 

 

 

Johannebsurg - The President of the South African Rugby Union Oregan Hoskins has lambasted those who've criticised Saru over team selection and transformation in rugby. In an open letter to the country, Mr. Hoskins said he has become increasingly frustrated with a seeming unwillingness on the part of South Africans to hear the good story of the country.

Herewith, Mr. Hoskins' full letter.

"An Open Letter to South Africa from the President of SARU

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#CrazyLegs at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

Cape Town - If you need 10 reasons to participate in the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, you'll find it easily.
Personally, we feel the number one reason you should register for the race is because it's a festival of running. That's right. It's a chance to get out into the fresh Cape air, peel off your winter layers, ditch the four brick walls you've been confined to and just run. Meet some new folks along the way, humour yourself with those of us who run around the block and then push it under the couch again.

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Thanks! says dad after son's devastating neck injury

Cape Town - The family of George Robinson -- the 17-year-old school rugby player who suffered a devastating spinal neck injury during a match in Cape Town -- has humbly thanked South Africa for saving the teen's life and accommodating all of them while urgent medical care was being administered to the youngster. In all, Mr. Robinson spent 37 days receiving intensive care treatment Melomed Private Hospital in Bellville in Cape Town. 

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Matfield to lead Boks in Buenos Aires

Johannesburg - Victor Matfield will captain the Springboks against Argentina on Saturday, with Zane Kirchner, Lwazi Mvovo, Pat Lambie, Willem Alberts, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss and Trevor Nyakane all getting their first starts of the season. Jan Serfontein and Schalk Brits have also been included in the match-23 for the first time this season. 

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Dazel opts for continuity for World Series Qualifier

Johannesburg - Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel on Wednesday opted for continuity in selection as his team prepares for the Women’s Sevens World Series Qualifier in Ireland next week, with the only change to his 12-member squad being the return of physical forward Rachelle Geldenhuys.

Geldenhuys missed the final leg of the 2014/2015 Women’s World Series in Amsterdam in May after having surgery to her knee and with her rehabilitation completed she returns in the place of Sunelle Barnard.

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