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High-flyer Dottin overjoyed to win Virgin Atlantic Player of the Series Award

Before a single ball was bowled in the Women T20 International Tri Series, Deandra Dottin said her goal was to win the “top player” award.

She achieved her goal and on Saturday when she proudly accepted the Virgin Atlantic Player of the Series Award from West Indies legend Joel ‘Big Bird’ Garner.

Dottin, the powerful right-hander, was in fine form during the tournament, powering the Windies to a superb series triumph. The 22-year-old made a blistering 46 not out in Saturday’s night final to pilot the home side an eight-wicket win over England.

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Windies celebrate T20 win; now look for ODI success

West Indies dominated from start to finish to beat England by eight wickets in the Grand Final of the Women’s T20 International Tri Series on Saturday night.

Playing in front a colourful of 4,000 at Kensington Oval, the Windies restricted the visitors to 115-5 off their 20 overs. They then marched to 119-2 – to win with 19 balls to spare.

Stafanie Taylor won the Player of the Match award, finishing with excellent figures of 4-1-8-1 with her off-spin to follow up her 51 not out – her 11th half-century in this format. She added an unbroken third-wicket stand of 78 with Deandra Dottin.

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Ntubeni joins Pietersen, Fourie and Botha in Springbok squad

Siyabonga “Scarra” Ntubeni is one of four uncapped players who will join three stalwarts of the Rugby World Cup winning squad of 2007, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie and Bakkies Botha, in 32-man Springbok squad for the forthcoming Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to Wales, Scotland and France.

It will be Botha and Fourie’s first involvement with the Springboks since the previous Rugby World Cup, in 2011 in New Zealand, while Pietersen is back in the squad for the first time this year.

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Basetsana coach steps up plans for World Cup qualifiers

Following a run-away first leg victory (5-2) over Botswana, the South African U20 (Basetsana) head coach Sheryl Botes is now plotting a possible downfall of Tanzania, the likely opponents of the next round.

Tanzania recorded a resounding 10-0 victory over Mozambique in their first leg encounter, making the second leg a possible formality.

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Draws made for 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II

The draws for Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II took place at the ITF headquarters in London on Monday.

Europe/Africa Zone Group I - First round (31 January-2 February 2014)

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SAFA sends condolences to family of Andries Maseko

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has joined hundreds of fans in mourning the passing on of former Moroka Swallows forward Andries “Six Mabone” Maseko.

Maseko passed away on Saturday, 26 October 2013 at Chris Hani Hospital in Soweto.

He was 58.

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Vani Kapoor Favorite for the 13th Leg of Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour

Delhi Golfer Vani Kapoor will look forward to continue with her stellar form at the 13th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2013.  The INR 5,00,000 event will be played from the 29th to 31st of October 2013 at the picturesque Jaypee Greens Golf Course in Greater Noida. The event will also mark the return of Hero MotoCorp Sponsored Bengaluru Golfer Sharmila Nicollet.

Vani Kapoor’s win in the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2013 last week, helped her to move up the ranks to the second spot in the Hero Order of Merit 2013.  Hero MotoCorp Sponsored Bengaluru golfer Sharmila Nicollet who is the only Indian to have retained her LET card for two consecutive years will also feature in this tournament.

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Second annual World Tennis Day to take place on 3 March 2014

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and StarGames announced today that the second annual World Tennis Day will take place on Monday, 3 March 2014.

World Tennis Day will center around a series of high profile special events, produced by StarGames, featuring current and former professional players, enhanced by activities generated by the ITF’s National Associations around the globe to grow tennis participation. In 2014, the number of cities hosting the special events will double from the inaugural year, with Bangkok and London joining Hong Kong and New York.

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2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I

The ITF has announced the final results for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round play-off ties taking place on 25-27 October.

Russia and Sweden will remain in Europe/Africa Zone Group I in 2014, while Denmark and South Africa are relegated to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group II.

The draws for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II will be held at the ITF offices in London at 12:00 GMT on Monday 28 October. The seeds will be based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 28 October.

Cricket South Africa shocked by cricket tragedy

CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has heard with a great sense of shock and sadness of the sudden passing of Darryn Randall while playing in a Premier League match under the auspices of the Border Cricket Board between Old Selbornians and Fort Hare University at Alice on Sunday.

Randall, 32, was struck on the side of the head in attempting to pull a short delivery. He collapsed and was rushed to the Alice Hospital where the medical staff was unable to revive him.

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