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Symcox to settle old scores at Celebrity 6s

Former Proteas off-spinner and all-rounder Pat Symcox is ready to “settle some old scores” at the Celebrity 6s cricket tournament that will be held in aid of the Cancer Association of South Africa at New Horizon Village in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Symcox is one of 36 local and national celebrities who have donated their time to raise money for this charitable cause.

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Sporting celebrities aim to hit cancer for six

Cricket legend Dave Callaghan heads an illustrious list of sporting stars that will participate in a celebrity sixes cricket tournament in aid of the Cancer Association of South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, May 15.

Callaghan’s association with the event, said organiser Laurence Finn, was natural given his successful return to the game after being diagnosed with cancer in the mid-nineties.

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Team bizhub dominates joBerg2c

Yolandi du Toit and Lise Olivier of Team bizhub made a clean sweep of the eight timed stages to win the women’s section of the inaugural Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c paired mountain bike race by the proverbial country mile in Scottburgh on Saturday.

The twosome – who finished third in the recent Subaru sani2c – completed the nine-day, 923km ordeal between Johannesburg and the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast in 45 hours 16 minutes and 50 seconds, more than two hours faster than their closest opponents.

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Wiese backs Super 14 franchise for Eastern Cape

South African rugby legend Kobus Wiese is supporting the inclusion of an Eastern Cape franchise in the Super 14 competition, but is wary of them becoming a “punching bag” for other teams.

“It would be very nice to have the Southern Kings in the tournament,” he said on Wednesday, ahead of next week’s much-anticipated visits to Despatch and Port Elizabeth. “But one must be realistic, not emotional, about this.”

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Du Toit replaces ill Stopforth

MTN Series champion Ischen Stopforth’s last-minute withdrawal from the Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c has forced Team bizhub to revert to a familiar back-up plan for the nine-day paired mountain bike race that starts at Suikerbosrand near Johannesburg on Friday.

Stopforth and the relatively inexperienced Lise Olivier were originally penned down for the inaugural event, but the former was replaced by team management on Wednesday as a precautionary measure after being bed-ridden with a fever for most of the week.

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"Injured" triathlon star shines in tour

In an ironic twist of fate, a recurring injury may actually keep African junior triathlon champion Ashleigh Blackwell on her bike.

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Festival finishes on a high note

Claire Johnson and the rest of the Mango Groove band stole the show on the last day of the MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival as they kicked off their Big World Party national tour under leaden skies on Easter Monday.

“It is a privilege to perform in front of you all in your beautiful city,” the group’s lead singer welcomed the crowd. “Thank you for coming out in the cold. We won’t bore you – that’s a promise.

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SA's Nisbet "eliminates" Mosel and Stoychev

South African surf-lifesaver Luke Nisbet disposed of Bulgarian multiple world champion Petar Stoychev and Australian Andrew Mosel in the King of the Bay elimination swim at the MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival in a wet Port Elizabeth on Easter Monday.

The 24-year-old Durbanite made the best use of the choppy conditions to completely dominate the five-round event against a top international field.

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Win top prizes in Splash competitions

The MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival has come and gone, but festinos still have more than a week to enter two interactive competitions in order to qualify for some amazing prizes.

In the Spotted at Splash competition, the best, funniest and most original photos of attendees will put them in line to win a Playstation 3, a four-night stay for two at Bishops Inn valued at R2 860, a Splash Super Hamper and other great prizes.

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Stoychev fights back to win title

Open water swimming legend Petar Stoychev recovered after veering off course to win the 7km Bell Buoy Challenge in cold and choppy conditions at the MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

The Bulgarian multiple world champion completed the out and back course in 1:33:47, with Durban’s Luke Nisbet second in 1:34:42 and Pretoria’s Tyron Venter third in 1:38:32. Michael Marais, who placed fourth in 1:45:31, was the first local back on shore.

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